File:  KBA

 

 

District Title I Parent Involvement

 

Pursuant to federal law, the district and the parents of students participating in Title I district programs have jointly developed the following parent involvement policy.  The policy shall be implemented by the superintendent or designee according to the timeline set forth in the policy and incorporated into the district’s Title I plan.

 

Involvement with Title I planning

 

The district shall hold an annual meeting for parents of students in Title I programs, as well as school Title I staff, principals of schools receiving Title I funds and other interested persons to discuss the Title I program plan, review implementation of the Title I plan, discuss how Title I funds allotted for parent involvement activities shall be used, and invite suggestions for improvement.

 

District support for parent involvement

 

The district shall provide coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in building the capacity for strong parent involvement to improve student academic achievement and school performance.

 

This coordination, assistance and support shall include:

 

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[Some ideas for support might include:

 

·         designation of a District Parent Involvement Coordinator

·         creation of a District Parent Advisory Council to provide advice on all matters related to parent involvement in programs supported by Title I funds

·         development of district protocols for appropriate roles for community based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities

·         adoption of district model approaches to improving parent involvement at the school level

·         allocating district resources to parent involvement activities, beyond minimum legal requirements

·         designating other district support for parent and teacher development and training

·         requiring a Parent Involvement Coordinator at each Title I school]

 

The district, with the assistance of parents, shall develop and implement a district professional development plan to enhance the skills of teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in:

 

·         the value and utility of contributions of parents

·         how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners

·         implementing and coordinating parent programs

·         building ties between parents and the school

 

[Though the professional development plan does not need to appear in policy, it must be developed and implemented by the district with parent input.]

 

Coordination of parent involvement activities with other district programs

 

The district shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and district preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their students

 

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Student learning

 

The district shall coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement strategies with those of other educational programs in the district.  The purpose of this coordination shall be to improve the academic quality of the schools served, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who:

 

·         are economically disadvantaged

·         have disabilities

·         have limited English proficiency

·         have limited literacy

·         are of any racial or ethnic minority background

·         are parents of migratory children

 

[Insert here a jointly developed description of how the district will accomplish this.  The specifics of this description will depend heavily on the specific barriers being experienced by parents in your district.]

 

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The district shall provide to parents, as appropriate, information to help them understand the state’s academic content and achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, how to monitor students’ academic progress and how to work with school staff to improve the achievement of students.  The district shall develop written materials and training for staff to help parents work with students to improve student achievement.

 

 

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School-based parent involvement activities

 

 

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[There are many resources you can access to help provide researched-based ideas on parent involvement, including a toolkit developed by CDE in collaboration with many Colorado education organizations.  One of the best resources referenced in the toolkit is the parent involvement framework developed by Joyce Epstein and colleagues in 1997 and subsequently translated into standards by the National Parent Teacher Association.  The standards are as follows:

 

 

These standards could be re-framed as expectations for how parents will be involved in activities at Title I schools.]

 

Method of communicating with parents

 

All information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities shall be sent to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

 

Annual evaluation

 

The district shall conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy.  Effectiveness shall be measured in part by improvements in student academic achievement and in school performance.

 

The evaluation shall specifically address barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who:

 

·         are economically disadvantaged

·         have disabilities

·         have limited English proficiency

·         have limited literacy

·         are of any racial or ethnic minority background

·         are parents of migratory children

 

The district shall use the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, this policy.

 

The district shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

 

Development of school-level Title I parent involvement policy

 

Each school receiving Title I funds shall jointly develop with and distribute to parents of students participating in the Title I program (hereafter referred to as “parents”) a written School-Level Title I Parent Involvement Policy agreed upon by the parents in accordance with the requirements of federal law.

 

The policy shall contain a school-parent compact or agreement that outlines how parents, school staff and students will share the responsibility of improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help students. 

 

Adoption date: Sept. 22, 2014

 

LEGAL REFS.:   20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.  (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)

Title I, Part A, Section 1118 (Title I parent involvement requirements)

Title I, Part A, Section 1114 (b)(1)(F) (Schoolwide Reform Program must include strategies to increase parent involvement)

Title I, Part A, Section 1115 (c)(1)(g)  (Targeted Assistance Program must include parent involvement strategies)

Title I, Part A, Section 1116 (a)(1)(D) (school districts receiving Title I funds must review effectiveness of parent involvement actions and activities at schools)

Title I, Part F, Section 1606 (a)(7) (Comprehensive School Reform Grant Program parent involvement requirements)

Title II, Part A, Section (a)(3)(B)(IV)  (preparing and training for highly qualified teachers and principals Grant Program parent involvement provisions)

Title I, Part A, Section 1112 (g) (parent involvement and notifications in districts using Title I funds to provide language instruction to limited English proficient students)

Title I, Part C, Section 1304 (b)(3) (parent involvement and notifications in districts using Title I funds for the education of migratory children)

Title I, Part A, Section 1114 (b)(2) (eligible school that desires to operate a schoolwide program must develop a comprehensive reform plan)

                              C.R.S. 22-11-101 et seq. (Education Accountability Act of 2009)

                              C.R.S. 22-7-407 (5) (informing parents about standards-based education)

 

CROSS REFS.:  ADA, School District Goals and Objectives

                              AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishments

                              AEA, Standards Based Education

                              IA, Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives

                              IHBIB, Primary/Preprimary Education

                              IL, Evaluation of Instructional Program

                              ILBA, District Program Assessments

                              ILBB, State Program Assessments

                              KD, Public Information and Communications