DeKalb County School System System-wide Parental Involvement Plan

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  System-wide Parental Involvement Plan




        Based on Dr. Joyce Epstein’s
Six Types of Parental Involvement Partnerships
Joyce L. Epstein (Ph.D., Sociology, Johns Hopkins University) is Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Principal
Research Scientist and Co-Director of the School, Family, and Community Partnership Program of the Center for Research on the Education of
Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), with a joint/part time appointment of Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Epstein has over one hundred publications on the effects of school, classroom, family, and peer environments on student learning and
development, with many focusing on school and family connections. Her newest book, School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your
Handbook for Action, guides schools, districts, and states to develop and maintain programs of partnership. Another book, in preparation, is School
and Family Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools -- for use in preservice and advanced education courses. Earlier publications
focus on middle grades organization, curriculum, and instruction and their effects on early adolescents. These include two books: Education in the
Middle Grades: National Practices and Trends and Promising Programs in the Middle Grades, both written to help educators improve schools.
Previous books include The Quality of School Life and Friends in School. In all of her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy,
and practice.

Dr. Epstein serves on the editorial boards of Phi Delta Kappan, Education and Urban Society, The Urban Review, and Social Psychology of
Education, and in numerous advisory roles concerning parent involvement, middle grades education, and school improvement. She is a recipient of
the Academy for Educational Development's 1991 Alvin C. Eurich Education Award and the 1997 Working Mother Magazine special award for her
work on school, family, and community partnerships.

In an effort to bring continuity to parental involvement in DeKalb County School System, we have adopted Dr. Epstein’s six types of
parental Involvement…

    •   Parenting…Providing for the health and safety and encouraging learning and good behavior in school
    •   Communicating…Schools reaching out to parents with information about all that is happening
    •   Volunteering…Parents having significant involvement with school functions and the environment and the school being flexible to make this
        happen
    •   Learning at home…Assisting children with homework and other activities with the guidance and support of the school
    •   Decision-making…Parents, with the school’s encouragement, taking part in decision-making
    •   Collaboration with the community…Schools can help families and community groups collaborate in student achievement
                                                                 DeKalb County School System
                                                             System-wide Parental Involvement Plan
Superintendent’s Goal: To increase parental involvement in DeKalb County School System

Measurable Objectives: The system-wide parental involvement plan will be utilized to measure and track progress that will guide and
implement, as well as determine, its overall effectiveness. The plan will gauge the overall awareness of the districts parental involvement.
The results will provide the measurable outcomes that will determine the effectiveness of the district’s goal among stakeholders.
Parenting        Providing for the health and safety of children and encouraging learning and good behavior
District Level   Overall District level involvement and Parent Resource Center collaboration
                     •     Health and Physical Education: (Parent Matters) workshops on affective parent-child communication about risky behavior
                     •     Support Services/Prevention Intervention: Offers (Nurturing Parent) a relationship building series between parents and their children, ages five through twelve, Gaining
                           Results in Intervention and Prevention (GRIPS), a substance abuse program assisting parents and children, and Providing Optimal Intervention Needed to Succeed
                           (POINTS), a violence intervention program
                     •     Support Services /Counseling: (Transition classes) assisting parents in understanding and dealing with implications of social, psychological, emotional, academic and
                           attendance and the impact of moving from elementary to middle and from middle to high school. Workshops for parents dealing with diabetes, suicide, teen pregnancy,
                           discipline referrals, truancy, and economic assistance. Parent conferences are made available to give academic advisement and information on graduation. There is
                           regular participation in activities at school level parent manned centers
                     •     Support Services/Parent Mentors/Exceptional Education: The provision of workshops and training sessions disseminating information to the parents of students with
                           disabilities and the exceptional education population in general. Parental training includes behavior management in school with encouragement to participate in Special
                           Olympics
                     •     Support Service/Social Work: Ongoing interaction and intervention with parents in reference to matters associated with the interruption of student attendance and
                           achievement
                     •     ELL(English Language Learners) studies program fir refugees and immigrant parents with orientation workshops at schools
                     •     Fernbank Science Center: Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Aerospace Academy (SEMMA) summer outreach program activities involving classrooms and labs
                           associated with science, engineering, mathematics, and aerospace projects culminating with a visit to the Fernbank Science Center).The Fernbank Science Center’s
                           Family Café initiative gives parents an opportunity to meet while students are in the SEMAA classes during the academic year. Parents share ideas and techniques on
                           parenting and meet with education specialist who gives them tools and techniques on how their children can succeed in school
                     •     Pre-K Early Learning Initiative and Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) KinderCamp assists pre-school aged students and their parents with
                           transition to public school
                     •     Elementary /Middle/High School: Monthly newsletters to Pre-K families include information on health and wellness, behavior, and spending time wit children.
                           Encouraging parents to utilize available resources online for CRCT and high school testing submitted to the Parent Resource Centers
                     •     School Parent Compacts: An agreement between parent, student, teacher and administrator to maximize academic achievement
                     •     (STEP) Systematic Training for Effective Parenting class
                     •     (PassPort) Parents Assuring Student Success Parenting classes
                     •     Countywide Parental Involvement Conference: Presented bi-annually by the Office of School Improvement parents and students. Information and workshops on
                           parenting, testing and programs are presented
                     •     MIS (Management Information System) supports the Parent Resource Centers in the form of installation and help desk assistance to maintain the centers’ ability to
                           have technological resources available for parents.
School Level         •     All Regions act as liaisons between the schools and parents on issues concerning health, law enforcement, truancy, substance abuse and sexual misconduct,
                           implementing the Safe School Plan which provides for health awareness, nurse care when applicable, and Health and Physical Education Programs
                     •     All Regions make school visits and mediate between school and parents when necessary
                     •     All Regions/schools support and encourage parents with achievement and good behavior practices for their children
                     •     All Regions/schools market the Parent Resource Centers and the Title I Parent Conferences by encouraging parents to visit centers, encouraging teachers and staff to
                           disseminate information in the form of flyers for various events and workshops, when necessary, and work closely with the Parent Resource Center Facilitators
                     •     All schools encourage Parent Resource Center personnel to participate in PTA and other parenting events
                     •     All schools schedule a variety of parent interests meeting such as PTA, Parent Councils, and Parent to Parent meetings.
                     •     Schools develop incentive programs for appropriate student behavior
Means of             •     Surveys
Evaluation           •     Sign-in sheets
                     •     Participation tracking(Keep-N-Track)
                                                        DeKalb County School System
                                                    System-wide Parental Involvement Plan
Superintendent’s Goal: To increase parental involvement in DeKalb County School System

Measurable Objectives: The system-wide parental involvement plan will be utilized to measure and track progress that will guide and
implement, as well as determine, its overall effectiveness. The plan will gauge the overall awareness of the districts parental involvement.
The results will provide the measurable outcomes that will determine the effectiveness of the district’s goal among stakeholders.
Communicating      Reaching out to parents with information about all that is happening at schools.

District Level   •   The Parent Resource Center Newsletters
                 •   Flyers
                 •   DCSS website
                 •   DeKalb County Library System
                 •   DCSS television station
                 •   DCSS Public Relations Department
                 •   Local newspaper and radio stations
                 •   Local DCSS meetings
                 •   Community meetings
                 •   Countywide Parental Involvement Conference
                 •   Content Area Newsletter
                 •   Provide information on 3rd and 5th grade Georgia Academic Promotion, Placement and Retention Law; Scott Foresman Reading Series, and summer
                     remediation program
                 •   Provide grade specific syllabi and grade specific tiers of intervention
                 •   Notification letter of Level I students for elementary students
                 •   Notification letter of student status on the CRCT
                 •   Pre-K Parent Meetings Middle School Fairs and Academic Competitions
                 •   Student 504 Meetings
                 •   Home Visits
                 •   Parent conferences and consultations to discuss interventions to facilitate student graduation
                 •   Parent group email list are maintained and parent mentors disseminate information to parents of students with disabilities (SWD) weekly
                 •   District-wide Translation and interpretation services
                 •   Access to Language Line
                 •   Presentation in different languages at the Title I Parental Involvement Conference
                 •   Dissemination of information about schools in various languages during registration
                 •   Dissemination of information about the science curriculum and Scientific Tools and Techniques Program
                 •   Student Information System (SIS) Parent Portal (MS/HS)
                 •   eSIS Parent Portal (K-12)
                 •   Instructional Data Management System (IDMS/School Net) Parent Portal (K-12)
               Communicating continued…

School Level   •   Weekly and Monthly Newsletters
               •   School Marquees
               •   School website
               •   PTA meetings
               •   Parent conferences
               •   Parent/Teacher conferences
               •   Weekly home-school connection methods
               •   Community newspapers
               •   Consolidated School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
               •   Information/Program Meetings
               •   AYP Meetings
               •   Positive phone calls home
               •   Calling Post
               •   Community forums to share information about school system initiatives and to gather input from the community as needed
               •   PTA Executive Board
               •   Weekly courier
               •   Email
               •   Welcome Wall
               •   Curriculum Night
               •   Recognizing Parental Contributions
               •   Progress Reports
               •   Report Cards
               •   Deficiency Notices
               •   School Interpreter
               •   Inform parents of Social Work Services




Means of       •   Surveys
Evaluation     •   Sign-in sheets
               •   Number of hits on the Parent Portal
                                                           DeKalb County School System
                                                       System-wide Parental Involvement Plan
Superintendent’s Goal: To increase parental involvement in DeKalb County School System

Measurable Objectives: The system-wide parental involvement plan will be utilized to measure and track progress that will guide and
implement, as well as determine, its overall effectiveness. The plan will gauge the overall awareness of the districts parental involvement.
The results will provide the measurable outcomes that will determine the effectiveness of the district’s goal among stakeholders.
Volunteering    Encouraging parents to have significant involvement with school functions, the environment, and the school’s flexibility to
                make this happen
District Level   •   The Parent Resource Center workshops
                 •   Countywide Parental Involvement Conference
                 •   Parent Resource Center Advisory Council
                 •   Parent Resource Center Partners in Education
                 •   Family Literacy Day
                 •   Parents participate in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) state conferences
                 •   Parent mentors encourage all parents to actively volunteer at their child’s schools
                 •   Parent Outreach Program Orientation Modules
                 •   Bilingual parent volunteers during summer registration
                 •   Parent volunteer opportunities are available at Fernbank Science Center




School Level     •   School Council
                 •   PTSA
                 •   Parent representative on school committees
                 •   Room parents
                 •   Field trip chaperones
                 •   Career Day
                 •   School Beautification projects
                 •   Book Fair
                 •   International Night
                 •   Booster clubs
                 •   PTA school store
                 •   Grade parents




Means of         •   Sign-in sheets
Evaluation       •   Participation rate
                                                             DeKalb County School System
                                                         System-wide Parental Involvement Plan
Superintendent’s Goal: To increase parental involvement in DeKalb County School System

Measurable Objectives: The system-wide parental involvement plan will be utilized to measure and track progress that will guide and
implement, as well as determine, its overall effectiveness. The plan will gauge the overall awareness of the districts parental involvement.
The results will provide the measurable outcomes that will determine the effectiveness of the district’s goal among stakeholders.
Learning at     Assisting children with homework and other school activities with the guidance and support of the school and/or department
Home

District Level   •   Parent Resource Center workshops
                 •   Countywide Parental Involvement Conference
                 •   Parent Resource Center Advisory Council
                 •   Parent Resource Center Partners in Education
                 •   Rosetta Stone Program (Software that teaches various languages)
                 •   Provide after school and summer tutorial opportunities for students identified as homeless
                 •   Work with parents and school staff to facilitate hospital/homebound instruction or home assignments for short term illnesses
                 •   Provide websites on Elementary Course Syllabi for parental support with homework and learning activities
                     http://www.compasslearning.com                      www.eduplace.com                  http://school.discovery.com
                 •   The Pre-K bulletin boards at target sites and the monthly newsletters give parents an activity a day to be completed at home with their child that is
                     developmentally appropriate for four year olds
                 •   Provide online resources
                 •   Online CRCT practice test
                 •   The Parent Mentors provide parents with information on newly identified students with disabilities regarding how to help with homework
                 •   The Parent Mentors provide the parent resource centers with information and websites for parents to access to help with learning at home
                 •   The Parent Mentors provide surrogate training to individuals who act as parents for wards of the state, this training includes information on working with the
                     child at home and advocating for the child in school
                 •   Sponsor resources for tutoring and educational after school programs to homeless students
                 •   Work with parents to understand implications of medical conditions of children, consult with parents and medical professionals to encourage student
                     independence in medical management and care

School Level     •   Ensuring a parent link on the local school’s website to enhance parental involvement with homework and extended projects
                 •   Online tutorial, school/classroom websites
                 •   Online CRCT practice test
                 •   Homework helpline assistance for parents and students
                 •   Parents are given ideas on how to help their children practice appropriate study skills at home

Means of         •   Participation rate (Keep N Track)
Evaluation       •   Sign In Sheets
                 •   Surveys
                 •   Number of hits on the websites
                                                          DeKalb County School System
                                                      System-wide Parental Involvement Plan
Superintendent’s Goal: To increase parental involvement in DeKalb County School System

Measurable Objectives: The system-wide parental involvement plan will be utilized to measure and track progress that will guide and
implement, as well as determine, its overall effectiveness. The plan will gauge the overall awareness of the districts parental involvement.
The results will provide the measurable outcomes that will determine the effectiveness of the district’s goal among stakeholders.
Decision-        Encouraging parents to take part in decision-making as it relates to school environment
making

District Level     •   The Parent Resource Center Advisory Council
                   •   School Council
                   •   PTA
                   •   Consolidated School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
                   •   Working with parents and school staff to develop appropriate intervention for students. To include but not limited to, Student Support Teams(SST) to
                       develop 504 Plans, or Individual Educational Plans (IEP)
                   •   Parent newsletters regarding Post Secondary Options and Scholarship Opportunities
                   •   Scholarship Plus website for disseminating scholarship information to parents and students
                   •   Establishing local site academic transitions plan by involving community stakeholders, parents and school personnel
                   •   Lead Teachers of Special Education (LTSE) and Special Vocational Educational Lead Teachers (SVELT) and all Special Education teachers encourage
                       all parents to participate in the eligibility meetings, redetermination meeting for IEP with purposes of helping decide what is “best” for their special needs
                       child. Parents are also appointed to special education Stakeholders Committees and provided input to the development of policies and procedures that
                       affect all Students with Disabilities (SWD)

School Level       •   Confer with parents on issues that inform and guide parent policies and procedures
                   •   Assist families and their school community by providing training for school councils, facilitate discussions on identified areas of needed development, and
                       encourage active engagement in local school decisions
                   •   Establish dates for ongoing academic conferences with parent, teachers, and counselors
                   •   Provide parents opportunities to have input by involving them in the creation of Parent Surveys, CSIP and Local Site Expansion Plans, Panel Interviews
                       and Parent Forums.
                   •   School level Parent Involvement Policy
                   •   Local school committees
Means of           •   Surveys
Evaluation         •   Sign-Sheets
                   •   On-line Evaluation Feedback
                   •   Document signature sheet
                   •   Parent Portal
                   •   Parent Compact
                                                              DeKalb County School System
                                                          System-wide Parental Involvement Plan
Superintendent’s Goal: To increase parental involvement in DeKalb County School System

Measurable Objectives: The system-wide parental involvement plan will be utilized to measure and track progress that will guide and implement, as well as
determine, its overall effectiveness. The plan will gauge the overall awareness of the districts parental involvement. The results will provide the
measurable outcomes that will determine the effectiveness of the district’s goal among stakeholders.
Collaboration     Helping families and community groups collaborate with increasing student achievement
with the
Community
District Level
                    •   The Parent Resource Center Collaboration with the (LAP) DeKalb Leadership in Action program which promotes early literacy
                    •   (SPARK) Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids/United Way which assists in transitioning pre-school aged children and parents to public school
                    •   (SES) Supplemental Educational Services tutoring, SES/NCLB workshops for parents
                    •   Countywide Parental Involvement Conference
                    •   The Scottdale Child Development Center
                    •   The DeKalb County Board of Health
                    •   (CDC) Center for Disease Control
                    •   The Parent Resource Center Partners in Education and DeKalb Technical College for collaboration with the Parent Resource Center GED program
                    •   Collaboration with refugee and immigrant community agencies
                    •   (ESL) English as a second Language classes
                    •   Student Support working with PTAs and community agencies to provide health information at parent fairs and workshops
                    •   Student Support working with parents to refer students to community agencies, and recreational centers, medical services and counseling services
                    •   Student Support working with parents in setting up mentors from the community and school
                    •   Family Resource Specialists work with Pre-K families to connect them to community resources and agencies based on the needs of the family
                    •   A variety of evening community meeting are held to update parents and stakeholders as to curricular initiatives and changes
                    •   The Parent Mentors collaborated with: DeKalb Metro East GLRS, DeKalb Access and Resource Center, DeKalb Library System, Babies Can’t Wait,
                        Refugee Family Services, DeKalb County Council of PTA’s and Parent to Parent of GA
                    •   The( LTSE) Lead Teacher for Special Education and Special Educators Department collaborate with many community agencies to educate families
                        about ways to improve the achievement and lifelong skills of their special needs children
School Level        •   Helping families and community groups collaborate with increasing student achievement
                    •   Consolidated School Improvement Plans (CSIP)
                    •   Curriculum Night activities, Parent Portal, Monitoring Student attendance, Homework Helpline
                    •   Schools enlist Partners in Education to provide instructional resources
                    •   Encouraging schools to include community groups and partners in school improvement planning for increasing academic achievement
                    •   Career Day
                    •   Partners in Education
                    •   School Community meetings
Means of            •   Surveys both online and paper
Evaluation          •   Sign-in sheets
                    •    Participation rate (Keep N Track)
                    •    Participation rate of STEP and Passport