Title I regulations require that each school served under Title I jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parental involvement policy agreed on by the parents that describes the requirements of (c) through (f) as listed below and outlined in Title I law: A. POLICY INVOLVEMENT Each school served under this part shall – 1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved; Curriculum Night will serve as our annual title I meeting. Lower school held on 10.4.11 and Upper School held on 10.11.11. Encourage to attend using food, connect ed messages, student incentives, posting on the Marquis Board, and post in the office. Send out messages to parents more than once and the most recent no less than 2 weeks prior to the meeting for parents who need to schedule time off work. Hold the meeting as it’s own event so parents can truly understand the purpose of Title 1 money and parents rights and responsibilities of a student at a Title 1 school. 2. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement; Evening events such as Community Kickoff event held at 5:30 pm on 8.15.11, Curriculum Night held at 5:30 pm on 10.4.11 and 10.11.11. Literacy Winter Reading program held during the day 12.16.11. Principal’s Breakfast held 10.11.11, 2.17.12, and 4.17.2012 at 9:00 am. Proposed Changes: Include Bell sign ups during the school day as well as after school and evening sign ups. School held back to school night on 8.24.11. 3. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy; Through our PTA leadership we will hold monthly meetings on the second Thursday of every month, as well as our board meeting for PTA every first Thursday. In addition, our School Leadership Team meetings are held monthly on the third Thursdays of every month and includes the participation of parents and community members. Proposed Changes: Include PTA meetings on the master calendar that is shared with all school stakeholders. The SLT, PTA review of the school improvement plan and parent involvement policy will be posted on the school’s master calendar and will be pre approved by the SLT. The PTA will share out the School Improvement Plan at the quarterly PTA review like a state of the SIP in which they go line item and explain what the school has done and what the school still needs to do. PTA meetings will be advertised on the Marquis board, through Connect Ed messages and in flyers sent home with parents. 4. Provide parents of participating children – i. timely information about programs under this part; ii. a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and iii. if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible. Hold Monthly Principal Breakfasts. Monthly PTA meetings to review and revise School Improvement Plan. Monthly SLT meetings including parents/community members in decision-making process. Quarterly literacy/math curriculum days/nights to inform parents of teaching strategies. Bi-weekly and quarterly progress reports to provide parents with updated progress of Scholars. Regular connect-ed messages used to reach community about important events at the school. Letters were sent to parents after the Mock EOG explaining areas of strength for individual children and areas to focus on. Add educational links to the school in grade level bands (prek, k-2, 3-5, 6-8). The school will refine and share with parents an orientation packet upon new student arrival. This orientation packet will include explanations of academic programs used at the school, assessments used as the school. This will be posted on the school website and linked to the school’s Facebook page. 5. If the school wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency. 1. Plan will be sent home with all Scholars and be available for comment/review during PTA and SLT meetings. Additionally, plan will be posted on website and comments/suggestions can be made through accessing the email and phone number from the website. The school will solicit feedback from parents at the quarterly review of the SIP, and Parent Involvement Policy. The survey will be posted online and will be emailed to parents quarterly using an online survey source (ie-survey monkey). The surveys will be made available at the front counter of the office and at parent conferences. B. SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. Student compacts were distributed at Open House and have been turned in to the Title I compliance facilitator and examples kept in Title I box. The student compacts will be kept in student data folders for ongoing reflections of student’s responsibilities. The compacts will be referenced in parent conferences, IT meetings, and in teacher observations. C. BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part – a. Shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children; Staff websites, blogs, and communication methods such as bi-weekly and quarterly progress reports serve as a means of monitoring a child’s progress. Additionally, parents have access to Parent Assist through our school counselor and CTE teacher. Communities In Schools collaborates as well with parents and informs them of progress and action plans to improve student performance. The school is interested in implementing the use of Facebook pages and teacher wikis as additional resource/access for parents. The school is interested in providing parents with PD on Common Core Standards and the changes from NCSCOS. The SLT intends to also provide training on implementation and monitoring of these wiki’s/Facebooks. b. Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their childrens’ achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement; Curriculum Nights including both math and literacy strategies for parents occur three times a year. Literacy night, with a specific focus on improving literacy in the home, as well as a Winter Reading day on December 16, serve to increase the capacity of parental impact. c. Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school; We have a school wide Parent Involvement team consisting of 5 classroom teachers and two Communities In Schools staff who work to educate our teachers in the realm of parent engagement as well work to coordinate and implement parent programs. d. Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children; As this is our first year serving a PreK population, we adhere to all parental requirements outlined in the PreK program. Orientations for parents of PK students are held regularly as new PK students enroll. PK teachers regularly do home visits and communicate their observations to the principal. e. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand; Currently, all parent communication verbally and written is presented in English and Spanish, and Vietnamese when needed. e. The school wants to add parent surveys to times when parents interact with school personnel (front office, conferences, Intervention team, retention meetings). f. May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training; g. May provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training; Literacy Nights in November, January, March. h. May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions; Using the Title I allotted budget for parental involvement, parents have access to workshops at the school and have the option to use child care. i. May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents; Through our partnership with Schoolmates and other school PTAs, we have established training for our PTA board members in order to engage other parents to participate and stay involved in the PTA. j. May arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation; j. Regular home visits are part of our approach at Bruns Academy. PreK, Counselors, Communities In Schools staff, and BMTs all participate in home visits to address any concerns or to reach out to a parent who may not be able to make it to the school. Proposed Change: The school is interested in soliciting resources through Project Lift to train the PTA board and provide ongoing coaching. k. May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement; l. May establish a district parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section; m. May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities; and Our Communities in Schools staff and Parent Involvement team work to establish relationships with community partners. n. Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this as parents may request. D. ACCESSIBILITY In carrying out the parental involvement requirements of this part, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand. Currently, all parent communication verbally and written is presented in English and Spanish, and Vietnamese when needed.
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