2415.04. TITLE I - DISTRICT-WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (M)
Date Created: November, 2009
Date Edited: April, 2011
2415.04- TITLE I - DISTRICT-WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (M)
The school district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
Consistent with Section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of Section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with Section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
The school district will incorporate this Title I Parental Involvement Policy into its school district’s plan developed under Section 1112 of the ESEA.
In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
If the school district’s plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the New Jersey Department of Education.
In the event the school district is required to reserve and spend at least one percent of the district’s Title I, Part A allocation, the school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how these funds will be spent and will ensure that not less than ninety-five percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects Title I schools in the district will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving pupil academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring-
1. That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
2. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
3. That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child; and
4. The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1118 of the ESEA.
In the event the State of New Jersey or the New Jersey Department of Education has a Parental Information and Resource Center, the school district will inform parents and parental organizations of its purpose and existence.
DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED TITLE I PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
Below is a description of how the district will implement or accomplish each of the following components outlined below (Section 1118(a)(2), ESEA):
1. The district will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its Title I parental involvement plan under Section 1112 of the ESEA:
• Convene an annual meeting for the staff and community members of the committee, offer flexible support for parents needing daytime meetings with staff, parent involvement activities, newsletters, school website, teacher and staff webpages, principal newsletter printed for home and/or posted online, and Global telephone messages.
2. The district will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under Section 1116 of the ESEA:
• Involve parents, staff, and community members in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the school-wide program plan under NCLB 1114(b)(2).
3. The district will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve pupil academic achievement and school performance:
• Student data shared at parent/teacher conferences, school data shared at Board meetings, School Report Card, curricular information posted online, newsletter postings, newspaper articles, letters from the Principal, forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, proficiency levels and projections of growth for students, opportunities for parents to be active participants in the education of the students, and letters from the Superintendent of Schools.
4. The school district will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Title I Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other possible programs:
• English Language Learner Program, Special Education Advisory Committee, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Committee, School-Based Leadership Committee, expanded school program, parent information meetings for programs such as NJASK, standardized testing, and district-wide literacy initiatives.
5. The school district will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this Parental Involvement Policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its Parental Involvement Policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
• The school district goes to considerable lengths to ensure the participation of parents having a more difficult time becoming involved in their child’s academic program and growth. The parents are identified early, as teacher outreach to parents begins immediately in the new school year. The RTI Team, I&RS Team, the school nurse, the school support services, the building principal, and the support staff are involved in the well-being of each student. Children are referred by any team member, who will immediately begin the process of bringing a parent/guardian into the support of the school district. In addition, collaboration continues between the Curriculum Office and the offices for Special and Pupil Services and the building Principal.
The school district will build the school’s and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve pupil academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:
1. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described below:
• Providing information on New Jersey’s academic content standards, New Jersey’s pupil academic achievement standards, and the New Jersey and local academic assessments including alternate assessments. Providing support on monitoring their child’s progress, providing support on how to work with educators, in addition to any identified need for parent workshops, conferences, and classes.
2. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:
• Literacy training, parent involvement through class participation and volunteering, and activities during the school day which promote assistance for parents while students are in school.
3. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, Principals and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
• Educational literature is made available in the main office for all academic topics, curricular information is provided in hard copy and online, professional development and funding for workshops, and RTI meetings and training will be ongoing and include identification information coordination sessions conducted by the school nurse.
4. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with early childhood identification for Preschool Youngsters, and conduct other activities that encourage and support parents in fully participating in the education of their children, by:
• Including parents in school-based activities, such as, but not limited to: Back to School Night, American Education Week, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and special school celebrations, in addition to supplying early intervention information, website and handout materials, and interaction with siblings at community and school events.
5. The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
Information is made available in the school front office, online, Back to School Night, Title I NCLB meetings, Parent advisory meetings, and in the Principal newsletter. All applicable information sent home is in the language of the family. Phone calls are translated for the parent when applicable, and a translator assists teachers at parent/teacher conferences and at brief after-school sessions and updates.
This Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly, and agreed on with parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs. This Policy will be distributed to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents understand, at the beginning of each school year or when the child is determined eligible and begins participating in Title I, Part A programs.
United States Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance – Appendix D- District-Wide Parental Involvement Policy