Title 1 Parental Involvement
Parental and Family Engagement (Policy 505.08)
Parental involvement is an important component in a student’s success in school. The board encourages parents of all children participating in Title I Programs to be involved in their child’s education to ensure the child’s academic success and to be involved in the development of the district plan and in the District’s school improvement review process.
The District provides coordination, technical assistance and other necessary support in the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities. The District supports the partnership between home, the school and the community by:
- Providing understandable information about standards and assessments;
- Providing training and materials for parents to help their children and to involve other parents;
- Educating school personnel about involving parents and the value of parent contributions; and
- Developing meaningful roles for community organizations and businesses to work with parents and schools;
- Building the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement;
- Coordinating and integrating parental involvement strategies under Title I with other programs
The District shall conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the school served. Issues addressed shall include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I activities (with particular attention to low-income parents, English Language Learners (ELL) parents, minorities, parents with disabilities and parents with low literacy) and use the findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, as necessary, the parental involvement policies.
An annual meeting is held for all parents of participating children during the fall-parent teacher conference periods. Parents will be notified by the usual ways and other ways as needed. Additional parent meetings with flexible meeting times may be held throughout the year as determined by parent interest and suggestions.
The board will review this policy annually. The superintendent is responsible for notifying parents of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
It is the policy of the Clear Creek Amana School District that parents of all participating children have the opportunity to be involved in the joint development of the district plan and in the district’s review process for the purpose of the school program improvement.
- This jointly developed, written policy is distributed to parents of participating Title 1 children. A notification of student entry letter will be sent to parents at the time of student entry in the Title 1 program. This usually occurs in the fall, but can be anytime during the school year.
- An annual meeting is held for all parents of participating children during the fall-parent teacher conference periods. Parents will be notified by the usual ways and other ways as needed. Additional parent meetings with flexible meeting times may be held throughout the year as determined by parent interest and suggestions.
- Parents are given assistance in understanding the requirements of the Title 1 law, district goals, standards and assessments during the meeting times and other conference information.
- Parents receive an explanation of the school’s performance profile, expected proficiency levels for students, and their student’s assessment results at the same time as all other students’ parents in the same manner.
- Parents are informed of the reasons for their child’s participation, the curriculum, and the instructional objectives and methods of the program during parent-teacher conferences and other individual contacts.
- Parents receive timely verbal or written responses to all parent questions and communications. Full opportunities and notifications are provided for all parents to participate in school and Title 1 activities.
- A jointly developed school/parent compact outlines how parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for improved student achievement and the means by which the school and parents continue to build and develop partnerships to help children achieve the local high standards. This will be distributed during parent-teacher conferences or at the time the student enters the Title 1 program if it is later in the school year.
- The Title 1 program will provide opportunities for parents to become partners with the school in promoting the education of their children at home and at school. These opportunities will be developed by parents and teachers as they are needed and requested in conjunction with other school resources.
- The school will inform all parents of other parent involvement programs and activities as available.
- An annual evaluation of this parental involvement policy shall be conducted to determine the effectiveness and need for revision of this policy. A written survey will be sent to parents and teachers of all participating Title 1 students at the end of the school year. Results will be used to shape the policies of the next year’s Title 1 program.