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Parental and Family Engagement Policy (ESSA Sec. 1116)

Purpose:  To support District Parent and Family Engagement, Students and Community

Vision:  Strengthen mutual trust with parents, families, students, and community

Mission: Engage parents, families, students and community in educational partnerships to maximize

                 the whole student’s goals

District/Campus Goals:

  1. Implement programs, activities and procedures that will involve parents and family members in the educational process of their
  2. Involve parents and family members through the District DEIC and the Campus Site-Based Teams in the decisions regarding how funds will be used.
  3. Annual evaluation in the DEIC meeting in June and September for revision of a Parent and Family Engagement policy on each campus participating in Title I, Part A
  4. Distribute the campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy to the parents of participating children at the beginning of each school year or as students enter the
  5. Provide for an annual district level evaluation of parental and family activities, and how this increased the academic quality of the district and individual
  6. Reduce or eliminate any barriers to greater participation and use the annual evaluation findings to design strategies for more effective Parent and Family Engagement.
  7. The Parent and Family Engagement Policy shall be incorporated into the District Improvement Plan (DIP) and provided as an attachment to the DIP.

Program Requirements:

 La Porte Independent School District and each school receiving Title I, Part A funds will:

  • Convene an annual fall meeting to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I and to explain the law, its requirements, and their rights to be involved. All Title I parents will be invited and encouraged to attend the annual
  • Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs at campus meetings and DEIC, as well as input into the CIPS and the DIP at least 4 times a year.(Early Fall/ Mid -Winter/ Mid –Spring/Early Summer)
  • Provide material and training such as:
    • Training to help work with their children to improve academic achievement and understand state standards
    • Literacy education for parents to enable them to better monitor and work with their children in a way that helps improve academic achievement
  • Web site parent portal for research based resources such as The Parent Institute and ESC-16 Parent and Family Engagement resources to build capacity, coordination, and assistance.
  • Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff concerning:
    • The value and utility of contributions of parents
    • How to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners
    • How to implement and coordinate parent programs
    • How to build ties between home and school
  • Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs with SPED, Head Start, public preschool programs, and other programs.

Review of School Programs and Improvement: Campus site-based decision making teams will have the responsibility of evaluating all campus programs annually and implementing necessary improvement/change based on needs assessment.

District Assistance in the Development of School Parent and Family Engagement Plans: Campus plans will be developed following the format provided by the district. Participants in the plan development will include: parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Campuses are encouraged to involve students in the plan development as appropriate.

Planning for Greater Parent and Family Engagement:  Parents and families will be provided the following:

  • Timely information about programs
  • School performance profiles and their child’s individual student assessment results
  • Explanation of curriculum used, assessment used and proficiency levels students are expected to meet
  • Regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences and participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children
  • Timely responses to parent suggestions

Coordination of Parental and Family Engagement Activities with other Agencies: Some members of the DEIC may serve as board members for community agencies and programs.

Improving/Revising Parent and Family Engagement Strategies Based on Evaluation: The findings of annual evaluations will be used to improve and/or revise listed strategies within the district/campus plans, as well as Parent and Family Engagement Policies.

CAMPUS PLAN:  Each campus plan will include the following:
 

Strategies for Parental and Family Engagement such as:

  • Parent campus and district liaisons
  • Train parents to work with their children to improve academic performance
  • Provide materials required for parental involvement
  • Conduct parent/teacher conferences
  • Facilitate parent and family education classes
  • Participate in annual Parent and Family Nights
     

Use of Title I Funds: A minimum of 1% of Title I funds will be used for Parental and Family Engagement activities.  Parents must be included in decisions on how these funds are spent at each campus through the CPOC and CIP processes.

Develop a School /Parent Compact:  The campus compact will describe:

  • How parents and school staff share the responsibility of improved student achievement
  • How parents and school staff will build partnerships to help student academic achievement
  • Schools responsibility for curriculum, instruction, supportive and effective learning environment
  • How parents are expected to support their children’s learning
  • Process for communication between parents and teachers

 

    • Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent and family engagement activities by:
    • Providing information about opportunities for organizations to work with parents and schools
    • Encouraging the information of partnerships between schools and local businesses that includes parents as active participants

 

    • Offer opportunities, as appropriate and feasible, such as parent resource centers, parent liaisons, social work services and opportunities for parents to learn about child
      • Ensure that information related to school and parent resource centers, parent programs, meetings and other activities are sent to the homes of children in the language used in the
      • Train and support parents to enhance the involvement of other
      • Support for teachers and other educators to conduct in-home conferences with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, If possible
      • Adopt and implement creative approaches to improving parent and family engagement.
      • Provide other reasonable support for required parent and family engagement activities as requested by parents.

 

DISTRICT PLAN:

 Parental and Family Engagement expectations100% of Parents of Title I students are involved at least one time per year through: parent teacher conferences, home visits, telephone conferences, written communications, home practice packets, family nights, parent education sessions, parent literacy training, parent volunteers, LISD posted web site resources and training resources, student presentation, shows, performances, Parent Expo, Safety Expo or PTO meeting.

Development of District Title I Policy: A written District Parent and Family Engagement Policy will be reviewed by the DEIC. The committee and/ or subcommittee will be responsible for annual review/evaluation of the policy, and ensure that the policy is made available to the parents of all Title I students on the LPISD web site.

Development of Campus Title I Policy: Campuses receiving Title I funds will develop individual parent and family engagement policies.  The campus policies will be jointly developed by school personnel and the parents of children on the campus.  Each parent will be supplied a copy of the policy and posted on the campuses web site.

The campus parent and family engagement policy must include:

  • Description of strategies employed to involve parents
  • School-parent compact which describes
    • How parents and school staff share the responsibility of improved student achievement
    • How parents and school staff will build partnerships to help student academic achievement
    • Schools responsibility for curriculum, instruction, supportive and effective learning environment
    • How parents are expected to support their children’s learning
    • Process for communication between parents and teachers
    • Opportunities to volunteer and participate in classroom activities
    • Capacity building for involvement
    • Accessibility to school programs
    • Periodic updates of the policy
    • Annual meeting

Building Capacity for Parent and Family Engagement:  The campus will provide assistance to parents in understanding:

  • The state’s content and performance standards
  • State and local assessment
  • Title I, Part A requirements
  • How to monitor a child’s progress in school
  • How to work with educators to improve the performance of their child
  • How parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their child

Training of Staff Members:  Teachers, pupil service personnel, principals, and other staff, will learn:

      • The value and utility of parent and family contributions
      • How to reach out to, communicate with and work with parents as equal partners
      • How to implement and coordinate parent programs and utilize the LPISD Parent Institute web site resources
      • How to build ties between home and school

 

District/Campus Goals:

8. Implement programs, activities and procedures that will involve parents and family members in the educational process of their

9. Involve parents and family members through the District DEIC and the Campus Site-Based Teams in the decisions regarding how funds will be used.

10. Annual evaluation in the DEIC meeting in June and September for revision of a Parent and Family Engagement policy on each campus participating in Title I, Part A

11. Distribute the campus Parent and Family Engagement Policy to the parents of participating children at the beginning of each school year or as students enter the

12. Provide for an annual district level evaluation of parental and family activities, and how this increased the academic quality of the district and individual

13. Reduce or eliminate any barriers to greater participation and use the annual evaluation findings to design strategies for more effective Parent and Family Engagement.

14. The Parent and Family Engagement Policy shall be incorporated into the District Improvement Plan (DIP) and provided as an attachment to the DIP.

Program Requirements:

La Porte Independent School District and each school receiving Title I, Part A funds will:
    • Convene an annual fall meeting to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I and to explain the law, its requirements, and their rights to be involved. All Title I parents will be invited and encouraged to attend the annual
    • Involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs at campus meetings and DEIC, as well as input into the CIPS and the DIP at least 4 times a year.(Early Fall/ Mid -Winter/ Mid –Spring/Early Summer)
       
  • Provide material and training such as:
    • Training to help work with their children to improve academic achievement and understand state standards
    • Literacy education for parents to enable them to better monitor and work with their children in a way that helps improve academic achievement
    • Web site parent portal for research based resources such as The Parent Institute and ESC-16 Parent and Family Engagement resources to build capacity, coordination, and assistance.

 

  • Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff concerning:
    • The value and utility of contributions of parents
    • How to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners
    • How to implement and coordinate parent programs
    • How to build ties between home and school

 

  • Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs with SPED, Head Start, public preschool programs, and other programs.

 

Review of School Programs and Improvement: Campus site-based decision making teams will have the responsibility of evaluating all campus programs annually and implementing necessary improvement/change based on needs assessment.

 

District Assistance in the Development of School Parent and Family Engagement Plans: Campus plans will be developed following the format provided by the district. Participants in the plan development will include: parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Campuses are encouraged to involve students in the plan development as appropriate.

 

 

Planning for Greater Parent and Family Engagement:  Parents and families will be provided the following:

 

  • Timely information about programs
  • School performance profiles and their child’s individual student assessment results
  • Explanation of curriculum used, assessment used and proficiency levels students are expected to meet
  • Regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences and participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children
  • Timely responses to parent suggestions

 

Coordination of Parental and Family Engagement Activities with other Agencies: Some members of the DEIC may serve as board members for community agencies and programs.

Improving/Revising Parent and Family Engagement Strategies Based on Evaluation: The findings of annual evaluations will be used to improve and/or revise listed strategies within the district/campus plans, as well as Parent and Family Engagement Policies.

CAMPUS PLAN:  Each campus plan will include the following:


Strategies for Parental and Family Engagement such as:

    • Parent campus and district liaisons
    • Train parents to work with their children to improve academic performance
    • Provide materials required for parental involvement
    • Conduct parent/teacher conferences
    • Facilitate parent and family education classes
    • Participate in annual Parent and Family Nights

 

Use of Title I Funds: A minimum of 1% of Title I funds will be used for Parental and Family Engagement activities.  Parents must be included in decisions on how these funds are spent at each campus through the CPOC and CIP processes.

 

Develop a School /Parent Compact:  The campus compact will describe:

  • How parents and school staff share the responsibility of improved student achievement
  • How parents and school staff will build partnerships to help student academic achievement
  • Schools responsibility for curriculum, instruction, supportive and effective learning environment
  • How parents are expected to support their children’s learning
  • Process for communication between parents and teachers

 

    • Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent and family engagement activities by:
    • Providing information about opportunities for organizations to work with parents and schools
    • Encouraging the information of partnerships between schools and local businesses that includes parents as active participants

 

    • Offer opportunities, as appropriate and feasible, such as parent resource centers, parent liaisons, social work services and opportunities for parents to learn about child development
    • Ensure that information related to school and parent resource centers, parent programs, meetings and other activities are sent to the homes of children in the language used in the home
    • Train and support parents to enhance the involvement of other parents 
    • Support for teachers and other educators to conduct in-home conferences with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, If possible
    •  Adopt and implement creative approaches to improving parent and family engagement.
    • Provide other reasonable support for required parent and family engagement activities as requested by parents.

 

DISTRICT PLAN:

 

Parental and Family Engagement expectations100% of Parents of Title I students are involved at least one time per year through: parent teacher conferences, home visits, telephone conferences, written communications, home practice packets, family nights, parent education sessions, parent literacy training, parent volunteers, LISD posted web site resources and training resources, student presentation, shows, performances, Parent Expo, Safety Expo or PTO meeting.

 

Development of District Title I Policy: A written District Parent and Family Engagement Policy will be reviewed by the DEIC. The committee and/ or subcommittee will be responsible for annual review/evaluation of the policy, and ensure that the policy is made available to the parents of all Title I students on the LPISD web site.

 

Development of Campus Title I Policy: Campuses receiving Title I funds will develop individual parent and family engagement policies.  The campus policies will be jointly developed by school personnel and the parents of children on the campus.  Each parent will be supplied a copy of the policy and posted on the campuses web site.

 

The campus parent and family engagement policy must include:

  • Description of strategies employed to involve parents
  • School-parent compact which describes
    • How parents and school staff share the responsibility of improved student achievement
    • How parents and school staff will build partnerships to help student academic achievement
    • Schools responsibility for curriculum, instruction, supportive and effective learning environment
    • How parents are expected to support their children’s learning
    • Process for communication between parents and teachers
    • Opportunities to volunteer and participate in classroom activities
    • Capacity building for involvement
    • Accessibility to school programs
    • Periodic updates of the policy
    • Annual meeting

 

Building Capacity for Parent and Family Engagement:  The campus will provide assistance to parents in understanding:

  • The state’s content and performance standards
  • State and local assessment
  • Title I, Part A requirements
  • How to monitor a child’s progress in school
  • How to work with educators to improve the performance of their child
  • How parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their child

 

Training of Staff Members:  Teachers, pupil service personnel, principals, and other staff, will learn:

  • The value and utility of parent and family contributions
  • How to reach out to, communicate with and work with parents as equal partners
  • How to implement and coordinate parent programs and utilize the LPISD Parent Institute web site resources
  • How to build ties between home and school