Parental Involvement Plan
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Parental Involvement Plan Russellville City Schools 2007-2008 Mission Statement The Russellville City School System is committed to providing quality education for every child in the system. Our commitment is to include parents in all aspects of the Title I Program, following all requirements of the Title I, Part A regulations. In order to be successful in preparing and challenging our students, we believe that a partnership between parents and our school system is imperative. Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring: 1. that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning 2. that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school 3. that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child Introduction The following plan describes the strategies Russellville City Schools will implement for effective parental involvement under section 1118. This plan is based on an approved Parental Involvement Policy and is recommended by the Russellville City Board of Education pursuant to the parent involvement strategies described in sections 1118 and 1112. This plan is based on our belief that schools alone cannot meet all of the educational needs of children and that for education to be successful, a student needs an effective school plus the encouragement and involvement of his/her parents. Toward that end, we have tried to design our educational system so parents (as well as community leaders) are involved in each step of the educational process, from the day to day procedures that are part of learning, to the major decisions that affect all students served by the system. Inclusion of Parent in Decision Making The planning process began with the Federal Programs Coordinator, administrators of the local schools and others attending meetings, workshops, and planning sessions at the state and district level. Particular attention was given to changes mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. An advisory panel was created with individuals who could serve on various committees. This panel is a springboard for successful parental involvement in all federal programs. The advisory panel was appointed to include parents of children served in our various federal programs such as English Language Learners (LEP), Migrant Education, Title I, and Special Education. Parents of students in these programs, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators from the school served were included and attended their specific meetings. The following individuals make up the committee: Linda Bingham Title I Teacher at West Elementary Debbie Hammock Migrant Program Home/School Liaison and Interpreter/translator George Harper Federal Programs Coordinator Michelle Hester Parent Involvement Counselor Wytannah Honey ELL teacher Penny Pickett Secretary to Federal Programs Coordinator Berta Alvarado Parent of Migrant/ ELL student Ramona Robinson Principal-West Elementary School and Federal Programs assistant Jennifer McCalpin Parent of Title I student Lisa Prince Parent of Title I student Villy Martinez Parent of Migrant/ELL student Lesa Hamilton Parent of Title I student Susan Hall Curriculum Coordinator Russellville City Schools Parental Involvement Counselor and Title I teachers hold at least two parent meetings each year and have parent conferences with most of their parents at least once a year. Each targeted assisted school shall develop and distribute to parents of participating children a written involvement policy. Program Delivery Components Parent Involvement in Planning, Review, and Improvement Parents of Title I students were involved in the development and review of the Parent Involvement Policy/Plan by serving as members of the Russellville City Schools Advisory Panel. During annual meetings with parents of participating students in Targeted Assisted schools, the Parental Involvement Policy/Plan is distributed. The policy/plan is made available in English and Spanish. All parents will be given surveys at the end of the school year to give their comments on activities, materials, and training that the school should offer or improve on for the next school year. The advisory panel will conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the Parental Involvement Policy/Plan in improving the academic quality of Title I schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in authorized activities. They will also use the evaluation to design more effective strategies and revise the plan as needed to meet the needs of all students. The Parental Involvement Policy/Plan is made available to parents in the following venues: Distribution to Title I participating students Russellville City Schools website School libraries Comments on School Parent Involvement Policy Title I parents who serve on the Russellville City Schools Advisory Panel serve as liaison to bring concerns and comments about the Parental Involvement Policy/Plan to the other members of the panel so that their comments are considered when revisions are made to the policy/plan. Parents are also given a survey at the end of the school year, which may remain anonymous, to give their comments or concerns on activities, materials, and training that the school should offer or improve on for the next school year. These surveys are used, along with any comments from the advisory panel, to make any needed revisions. LEA Parental Involvement Allocation Parental involvement is given much emphasis in Russellville City as required by the Title I law. A portion of the Title I allocation is used to implement activities for parents to be involved, including family literacy and parenting skills. Members of the Russellville Schools Advisory Panel will be involved in decisions regarding how parental involvement funds will be expended. Parent Meetings Russellville City Schools will convene an annual meeting to which all parents of Title I students will be invited and encouraged to attend. At this meeting, parents will be informed about the system-wide Title I program and the requirements and offerings of the program. Parents will be notified about the meeting through letters sent home in English and Spanish. Childcare will be provided during the meeting. Translators will be available upon request by parents. Handouts will be available in English and Spanish. The meeting will be held at a time to accommodate parents work schedule. Students are encouraged to return the bottom portion of the letter, which has been completed by parents, letting the program coordinator know of parent participation and childcare needs. Topics to be discussed at the meeting include: Title I participation and parents’ rights Explanation of the Title I curriculum DIBELS, STAR, SAT 10, ARMT information Computer Programs Other Teaching Tools Question/Answer Time for Parents Russellville City Schools provides for the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist Title I participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance. Additional parent meetings/activities will be held at various times during the school year. Meetings/activities will be arranged at various times so that parents can attend. Different meetings/activities will be of a different nature so that all parents can be encouraged to participate. Some may be more formal and informative. Some may be informal meetings between Title I teachers and parents, and some may include hands-on activities, such as looking at computer programs and tips for their child to be successful in reading. All meetings will have a translator available to assist with language barriers. Parents may be notified of meetings through (1) notices sent home by students in the appropriate language, (2) newspaper announcements, (3) announcements on Russellville City Schools Educational Television Station, (4) internet postings on Russellville City Schools Website, and (5) public postings in English and Spanish. These meetings/activities include, but are not limited to the following: Kindergarten registration Back-to-School Night “New to the Nest” Kindergarten Orientation Night Parent Conference Day Title I Annual Meeting ELL Meeting/Conferences Computer Tech Night Parent Workshops PTO Meetings Fall Festival Planning Meetings Student-Participation Programs Book Fairs History Fair Awards Day Head Start Campus Tours Head Start Parent Conferences At-Risk Committee Meetings During each meeting parents are encouraged to notify the school in writing of any comments/concerns they may have that could help in the revision process for future meetings with the same content. Title I Selection Process Students at West Elementary School were chosen for Title I reading services based on multiple criteria and were rank ordered according to those students with the greatest needs being served first. We use DIBELS benchmark (students who come in during the school year, we use progress monitoring scores), STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading, San Diego Quick assessment, Teacher made checklist (Letter Naming and Letter Sounds), Teacher In-put, and Administrative In-put. All students scoring Intensive will be served during the 2007-2008 school year. Kindergarten is considered as an evaluation period because of the various backgrounds students has before entering school. Therefore, if necessary, students are moved in and out at each nine weeks reporting period. First and Second grades are moved in and out at the end of each semester. Title I students at Russellville Elementary School are selected based on the following data: ARMT, SAT, DIBELS, and teacher recommendation. Students who score a 2 or below on the reading portion of the ARMT are automatically placed in the program. Also, students who score intensive on DIBELS are included. Due to the fact that 2nd graders do not take standardized tests, third grade students are placed in Title I based on DIBELS, STAR, and teacher opinion. All third grade students who scored intensive or strategic on the DIBELS assessment are placed in the program. School Parent Compact The school parent compacts were developed by the Russellville City Schools Advisory Panel, which includes school staff and parents. Each school has a compact detailed for their individual school needs. The compacts will link schools, parents, and communities in order to meet the educational needs of the children with whom they are involved. The School Parent Compact builds on the belief that school-community links are critical to creating environments where all children can reach high standards. The school parent compact is designed to increase the sharing of responsibility between families and schools for the high performance of students. All parents of Title I students will be given a copy of the compact upon entering the program. The compact will be explained to the parents, and they will be asked to sign the compact signifying their commitment to the partnership between the school and their child. This helps to ensure that their child is successful in school. A Spanish version is available, along with an ELL translator to meet with parents and explain the compact. Each Title I teacher will be given the responsibility of explaining the compact to the student and obtaining the student’s signature. The teacher will sign the compact and they will be housed in the Title I classroom for availability during the Title I meeting, parent conferences and/or student- teacher conferences. The compacts for each school are reviewed each spring by the advisory panel and updated to meet the needs of the students. Building Capacity for Involvement To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among Russellville City Schools, parents, and the community that enhances student academic achievement, Russellville City Schools shall provide: Program Information for Parents – Shall train parents of participating students in understanding the NCLB goals, state content, performance standards, state and local assessments, Title I requirements, how to monitor their child’s progress , and how to work with educators toward their child’s improved performance and achievement. This will be done through conferences, an annual Title I meeting, various parent meetings that are held during the day and evening at which time the school will explain how to understand: Alabama Reading Initiative DIBELS STAR Reading Tests SAT 10 Student Profile Reports ARMT Student Profile Reports Alabama Writing Assessment Reports State School Report Cards Student Progress Reports Student Report Cards Materials and Training – Shall provide materials and facilities to train parents, teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators to work with each other and with parents as equal partners to improve their child’s performance. Russellville City Schools is developing an extensive parental involvement web page and is in the process of developing a parent center within the school. Throughout the year, parent workshops will be held on various topics such as computer training, homework help, and tips on how to help your child become a successful reader. Educate Educators – Shall educate teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators with the assistance of parents on how to reach out, communicate with, and build ties between parents and the school. Russellville City Schools will continue working with teachers to help in the understanding of the importance of parental involvement in the schools through grade-level meetings, faculty meetings, in-services, and professional development workshops. The entire Russellville City Schools staff is expected to continue their work with parents in meeting their child’s needs to ensure academic achievement. Preschool Coordination – Shall work closely with Russellville Head Start to have a successful transition for children entering our school system. Administrators set aside a day to visit with Head Start parents to explain our school programs. The transition is made easier by students and parents touring our building, meeting the principal, and asking questions before kindergarten registration. A special summer preschool session is held for students with limited language skills. Parents are involved on a daily basis by communicating with teachers and participating in a multicultural program. Translators are made available for our ELL preschoolers and their parents. Understandable Communication – Shall ensure that information concerning a child’s progress and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format the parent can understand. Documents are created in Spanish and an ELL translator is available on site. Other Federally Funded Programs – Shall ensure to the extent feasible and appropriate, under Title I, Part A, Russellville City Schools coordinates and integrates parental involvement programs and activities with other federal programs, such as our ELL program. We have a school/home liaison and interpreter/translator available on site. Other Requested Activities – Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. Russellville City Schools makes every effort to work with parents in meeting the educational needs of their child. Community Involvement – May encourage community-based organizations and businesses to support parental involvement activities. Our Helping Families Initiative Committee includes school personnel, city leaders, and county leaders. This committee was created to identify and track at-risk students who may benefit from community services in a way that will help the student be successful in school. Input on Professional Development – May involve parents in the development and effectiveness of training for certified personnel. Literacy Training – May provide necessary literacy training for parents. If funds are not available, Part A funds may be used if all other monies have been exhausted. Parents Expenses – May provide reasonable expenses to enable parents to participate in Title I meetings and training sessions. Parents Reaching Out to Parents – May train parents to increase the involvement of non active parents Convenient School Meetings – May offer meetings on a flexible schedule, alternating between morning and evening, to accommodate parents work schedules. Model Approaches – May provide access to programs initiated to strengthen parent involvement. District Wide Parent Council – May establish a district wide parent advisory council to serve as liaisons to all matters related to all federally funded programs. . Limited English, Parents with Disabilities, and Parents of Migratory Children Russellville City Schools, to the extent practical, provides opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children. All important information is sent home in Spanish and notices about parent meetings are sent in Spanish. A translator is onsite to assist with the creation of such documents and questions from parents concerning information sent home. Every effort is made to accommodate parents with disabilities. Russellville City Schools has handicapped accessible buildings. Parents Right to Know Russellville City Schools will notify parents for section 1111(h)(6) following guidelines mandated by NCLB legislation and the Alabama State Department of Education. Parental notification is given to parents during the first semester of each school year. All school personnel when hired are “Highly Qualified” according to NCLB and the Alabama State Department of Education. It is the policy of this school board that all provisions of the No Child Left Behind law and regulation are adhered to in all of our schools. This includes the provisions that involve parent involvement, parent’s right-to-know, and parental notification. It also includes involving parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of federal programs.