CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 08.13451
Title I - Parent Involvement Policy
When schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. Participation of parents and families is critical not only in the very beginning of educational process, but throughout a child’s entire academic career. In recognition that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher, and that parent involvement is essential for the success of the child’s educational program, the District is committed to building a strong parent-school partnership.
This was developed jointly with educators and parents of students participating in the Title I program. This policy will provide a framework for parental participation in the District and will be distributed annually to parents of participating students. Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that parents can understand. This policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Contingent on confirmation of resources and other necessary information being provided by state and federal authorities, it is the intent of the Board that parents of participating students shall be provided with flexible opportunities for organized, on-going, and timely participation in the planning, review, and improvement of the Title I program, including opportunities to suggest modifications, based on changing needs of parents and the schools.
The Title I Parent Involvement program will be developed or amended annually using the Parent Involvement Evaluation, a guide to determine if the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy has increased participation and whether there are barriers to greater participation by parents.
The Title I Parent Involvement program shall not discriminate against any parent/guardian or child. District Title I personnel shall maintain confidentiality of parents and students.
The Title I program shall be designed to assist students to acquire the capacities and achieve the goals established by law, as well as the goals and standards established by the Board. These goals and standards shall be shared with parents in a manner that will give them: (1) timely information about programs; (2) a description and explanation of the school's curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; the achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments; and (3) if requested, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
The District Title I Parent Involvement program will:
1. Include parents in the joint development of the Title I program plan at an annual meeting during the spring of each school year at a time convenient for most parents.
2. Conduct an evaluation of the District program to be analyzed annually using the Parent Involvement Evaluation as a guide to determine the effectiveness of the activities for increasing participation and whether there are barriers to greater participation.
3. Provide technical assistance from the District Title I Coordinator and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement. The Title I Coordinator will assist schools in the development of the Title I School/Parent Compact.
4. Reserve no less than 1% of the annual District allocation for the purpose of promoting parent involvement.
5. Coordinate and integrate the District Title I program with other programs including, but not limited to, Ashland Head Start, Ashland Family Resource Center, South Ashland Family Resource Center, Ashland Youth Service Center, Hillcrest/Bruce Mission, Ashland Adult Education Program, AISD PACE Program, Even Start, Jumpstart, Kindercamp, and the Reading Excellence CELL Program.
6. Use the evaluation findings in designing strategies for school improvement and in revising parental involvement policies at the District and school levels.
SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM
The District will provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance. These measures may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
1. Designation of resources to assist in communicating with parents, transporting them to meeting sites and/or implementing home visits, providing child-care for meetings, encouraging them to use available parent resource centers, and working with them to improve parenting skills, particularly those that will assist them in working with their child to improve his/her educational achievements. Resources may include individuals, agencies, materials, and services.
2. Sharing options for coordinating and integrating Title I program strategies with services of other community programs, businesses, and agencies.
3. Identification of ways in which parents can be involved in staff training activities to demonstrate the value of parent involvement and various techniques designed to successfully engage parents as equal partners in their child's education.
4. Making a good faith effort to convene an annual meeting at a convenient time to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend for informing parents of their school's participation in and requirements for Title I programs and of their rights to be involved.
5. Designing and conducting an effective annual evaluation process whereby parents can share their ideas about the content and effectiveness of this policy in improving the academic quality of schools receiving Title I funds, and the plan designed to implement it. The process shall focus on the following questions:
Does this policy increase parent participation? What barriers to parent participation still exist, and how can they be reduced or removed?
In the design of activities and materials for parents, particular attention shall be given to reaching and involving those who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background.
Each school shall submit to the Superintendent and Board, for review and comment, its Title I school parent involvement policy, which must meet all legal requirements including a school-parent compact developed in keeping with legal requirements. This policy shall be developed jointly with, and distributed by the school to, parents of participating students.
A copy of each school's parent involvement policy and accompanying checklist shall be kept on file in the Central Office.
Section 1118 of Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) of 1994
P. L. 107-110 (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
Order #: 100