• Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement

    Foley Elementary School

    Baldwin County Board of Education

    Dr. William F Lawrence, Principal

    450 North Cedar Street Foley, AL 36535

     Document Generated On October 13, 2015

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    Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement

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    Introduction

    All Title I Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance Schools must complete the following diagnostics: the Stakeholder Feedback Diagnostic, the Parent Involvement Diagnostic, the Coordination of Resource/Comprehensive Budget Diagnostic, and EITHER the Title I Targeted Assistance Diagnostic OR the Title I Schoolwide Diagnostic. Parent Survey must be done annually, but it can be done electronically or by paper.

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    1. Describe how the school will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1% set-aside, and the right of parents involved.

    The leadership and staff of Foley Elementary School have a strong belief in the importance of parental involvement and, therefore, have put measures in place to offer parent meetings on a flexible schedule. Our annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1% set-aside and the rights of parents involved will occur on September 24, 2015.

    2. Describe: 1) How there will be a flexible number and format of parent meetings offered; 2) How parents will be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the Title I Program (Note: State the school's process for how all Title I parents have the opportunity for involvement in decision-making.); and 3) How funds allocated for parent involvement are being used in the school.

    Foley Elementary School believes in involving parents in all aspects of its Title I programs through the School Leadership Team (SLT), Parent Involvement/Parent Advisory Committee, and Parent Teacher Organization. Meetings will be scheduled throughout the year: School Leadership Team, 2nd Monday of each month at 3PM; Parent Advisory Committee, 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4PM; and Parent Teacher Organization, 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6PM. Four Parent Workshops will be offered during the school year. Session times will be include 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 6:00 pm.
    Parents will have equal voice in all committees and in the planning and review of the Title 1 Program. In addition, all parents will be provided the opportunity during each PTO meeting to address issues and concerns and to make suggestions for improvement. The Parent Advisory Committee will consist of, at least, one parent representative from each grade level. Foley Elementary School uses its parental involvement funds as follows: to fund all materials and supplies for our school's parent training; to fund materials and supplies to promote parenting skills; to maintain communication folders for the children.

    3. Describe how the school provides parents of participating children timely information in a uniform format and, to the extent practicable in a language they can understand, about programs under Title I, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use, forms of academic assessments, and achievement expectations used, and, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate as appropriate in decisions

    related to the education of their children.

    At parent meetings throughout the fall, Foley Elementary presents information about Title I programs, the curriculum, and forms of academic assessments used. Parents learn about priority goals in reading and math. They, also, learn how to schedule parent-teacher conferences and are reminded of how they can participate in decisions related to the education of their children. State assessment scores are sent home at the beginning of the year. Ongoing assessment reports are sent home at the end of the midterm and the end of the quarter. Workshops are scheduled to assist parents in helping their children in reading and mathematics. Assessment scores are presented and reviewed at the Title I meeting at the beginning of the year. Parents are invited to Parent Orientation Night where reading, science, technology and math goals. An interpreter is provided at Title I meetings and PTO meetings to communicate with these parents. Foley Elementary School will offer workshops for Hispanic parents to support their students in Reading as well as assist them in learning the English language. In addition, documents are provided, to the extent practical, in Spanish.

    The Title I program and Title I committee meetings will be communicated through the Annual Title I meeting, parent newsletters, and web

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    site. School Messenger will be used to inform parents. in Spanish and in English, of last minute information through voicemail, email, and text.

    4. Describe how parents, the school staff, and students share responsibility for improved student academic achievement for participating students (How the School-Parent Compact is jointly developed with Title I parents; how it is used, reviewed, and updated).

    Foley Elementary School revised its School-Parent Compact in the summer of 2015 at the request of the School Leadership Team. The compact is developed through a coordinated effort by the Leadership Team and Parent Advisory Committee. All parents were given a copy of the new compact at Registration. The compact was explained to the parents by homeroom teachers, and they will be asked to sign the compact signifying their commitment to working in partnership with the school in ensuring that their child is successful in school. The compact is reviewed during parent-teacher conferences to remind everyone of their responsibilities to ensure student success. The school compact is updated each year during the summer.

    5. Describe procedures to allow parents to submit comments of dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement Plan.

    In September, December, and May of each year, Foley Elementary School brings in its Leadership Team Title I Committee to review, evaluate, and revise its Continuous Improvement Plan. The committee consists of parents and one community member. During the review process, all parents are notified of the review through notices sent home in our parent communication folders. Parents are notified the plan is under review, a copy of the plan is available for review in the office and on the school website, and parents have the right to give input regarding the revision of the plan. In addition, parents will be given opportunities at each PTO meeting to express concerns or suggestions regarding the School Improvement Plan. The notice, also, states that after the plan is finalized and approved, if a parent finds the plan to be unsatisfactory, they have the right to file a grievance according to the Baldwin County Board of Education grievance procedure.

    6a. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.)
    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

    Shall provide training for parents of participating children 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 Title I, and how to monitor their child's progress and work with teachers to improve the achievement of their children. (Describe)

    Foley Elementary School will accomplish this through its required annual Title I parent meeting held on September 24, 2015. Parents will receive an overview of the state academic content standards, academic achievement standards, and assessments. An explanation at the Title I parent meeting will be given regarding Title I, what services will be offered, and how parents have the right to be involved in their children's education. Parents will learn about their role in helping their child to be successful and the best ways to work in partnership with their child's teacher. An additional meeting will be held during October to inform parents who were unable to attend the annual September meeting. Workshops will be provided throughout the year to help parents understand academic content standards and assessment as well as how to monitor their child's progress. Time will be taken during each PTO meeting to provide additional information.

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    6b. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.)
    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

    Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement. (Describe)

    During Parent Orientation Night teachers model hands-on math and science activities for parents in order to extend and reinforce instruction at home. Publications like Pawprints, the PTO Newsletter, and the School Success Web Content offer advice on instruction strategies. Workshops on the following topics will be held: Helping Children Learn, Reading for Meaning, and ABC Discipline. In addition, the school library houses the "Parent Resource Center" filled with videos and publications on specific topics to assist parents. These tools are available for check-out from the library. Parent Institute pamphlets and videos to assist parents in reading, math, and discipline are found on the school website.

    Computers in the library are available as part of the Parent Resource Center. This provides parents access to the internet as well as instructional programs.

    6c. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.)
    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

    Shall educate teachers, office personnel, and other school 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. (Describe)

    Foley Elementary School has incorporated the Parent Advisory Committee that assists in communication between parents and school personnel to determine areas of need within the school and how parents can assist the school in those areas. The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) created surveys that were distributed to determine how parents would like to be involved and to what extent they were satisfied with the school, teachers, and other staff relating to their children. In addition, Foley Elementary School has implemented a two-year study on generational poverty in order to train teachers, office workers, and staff in strategies that will equip them to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners. Teachers participated in the faculty workshop entitled "Ten Actions to Understand and Educate Students: Application of a Framework for Understanding Poverty." Additional training will be provided during the year to add to their level of understanding of generational poverty.

    6d. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.)
    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve

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    student academic achievement, our school:
    Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other federal 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.(Describe)

    Foley Elementary offers Parent Orientation Nights and Parent Workshops to give parents the opportunity to gain information about curriculum and instruction. Useful handouts and websites are given to the parents during these activities to better equip parents in assisting their children with academics. Foley Elementary also offers parents of ESL students the assistance of an interpreter to make sure that information is appropriately conveyed to them. The Parent Resource Center has been developed in the school library. Parent Institute Pamplets, DVD's and Booklets in English and Spanish are provided. Our school website includes links to Parent Institute videos and materials. Computers with internet access and English language instruction are in the library for parental use.

    6e. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.)
    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

    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 the parents can understand. (Describe)

    Foley Elementary School ensures that all letters or materials that are sent out to parents are in an understandable format. E-mails, text messages, and voicemails are sent in English and Spanish using School Messenger. We also offer assistance when we meet with parents by having an interpreter at those meetings as they are needed.

    6f. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children? (See NCLB Section 1118, requirements for building capacity in parental involvement.) To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

    Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. (Describe)

    During parental involvement activities, translators are available for Spanish speaking families. For some events, childcare and dinner is provided to promote attendance.

    7. Describe how the school will ensure the provision for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students; including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.

    Foley Elementary School, to the extent practical, provides opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities. Foley Elementary presently has a 28 percent Hispanic population. Therefore, parent notifications are sent to parents of these children in Spanish. In addition, we have several bilingual teachers who are available to assist in verbal communications with these parents. Every effort is made to accommodate parents with disabilities. We are a handicapped-accessible building and provide home visits

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    when necessary.

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