Parent Involvement PlanParent Involvement: the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
1. 1. That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
2. 2. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.
3. 3. That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, in decision-making and on advisory committees as appropriate to assist in the education of their child.
4. 4. That parents are involved in identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parent involvement activities.
Purpose: The purpose of parent involvement is to increase each parent’s capacity to help their child(ren) be successful in school and to disseminate school information to the community.To facilitate meaningful parent involvement in our school we will:
1. Include a representative parent in the Building Leadership Team: The school’s leadership team consists of the principal, three to four teachers, and a parent. The leadership team develops and implements plans for improving teaching and learning. The parent representative is available to the community to receive input from parents and other community members, and speaks in behalf of the parents at this monthly meeting. Current BLT members are Jill Smith, parent; Alex Ready, Marty Beyler, and Sherry Lewis, teachers; and Tina Looke, principal.
2. Annually review our Parent Involvement Plan: The school will, with consultation and input from their parents (including last year’s Parent Involvement Survey), annually review and when necessary revise this parent involvement plan. The plan will outline how the school will work with their parents to throughout the school year. This plan will clearly establish when and how parents will be involved in all aspects of the Title I program.
3. Annually review our Parent /School Compact: The school will, with consultation and input from their parents, annually review their Parent/School compact. The compact will list the responsibilities of the student, parent/caregiver, classroom teacher, and school administrator. All parents will be annually provided copies of the parent/school compacts at the start of each school year, and will be provided with opportunities for input into this document throughout the year. A meeting will be held in the spring of each year to provide parents an opportunity to review and possibly revise the current parent/school compact. Throughout the school year parent input on the parent/school compact will be solicited and used during the spring meeting in the possible revision of this document.
4. Distribute Parent Involvement Survey Data: The school will, during the Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences, distribute to all parents the results of the Parent Involvement Survey given during the last school year.
5. Distribute Current Parent Involvement Plan and Provide Opportunity for Parent Input: The school will, during Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences, distribute the Parent Involvement Plan to all parents and subsequently have an evening parent meeting where parents will have the opportunity to share their input to revise the Parent Involvement Plan.
6. Facilitate regular, meaningful two-way communication: The school will hold an annual meeting for parent to explain Title I and what it means to them as a parent and to their student and to explain the right of parents to be involved in the school and in their child(ren)’s education. This will be done at Back to School Night, early in the fall. The school will initiate activities mentioned in #7 (below). The school will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents in a timely manner and in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand, and provide reasonable alternate formats as requested.
7. Build the capacity of parents to support their child(ren)’s learning: The school will provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement. This will include monthly Parent Nights that will share information and experiences relating to curriculum and assessment in different subject areas. Parents will be given information and training that will help them to help their children be successful in school.
8. Provide parents with the opportunity to meet and participate in decisions relating to their children’s education: Parents will have the opportunity, at their request, for meetings to give suggestions and input regarding their children’s education, and the school will respond to suggestions as soon as is practicably possible.
9. Build the capacity of school staff to work with parents: The school will work with the district Title I and LEP programs to train and education staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, work with parents as equal partners and build ties between the parent and the school.