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Building Parent/Guardian Involvement & Capacity. Title I Technical Assistance & Networking Session Richarde Donelan School Improvement Grant Programs November 19, 2008. The Basis for Parent/Guardian Involvement. Our “common understanding & background knowledge”

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Building Parent/Guardian Involvement & Capacity

Title I Technical Assistance & Networking Session

Richarde Donelan

School Improvement Grant Programs

November 19, 2008


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The Basis for Parent/Guardian Involvement

Our “common understanding & background knowledge”

1965 Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Title I, Part A

Is the single largest program of federal aid for elementary & secondary education

Serves as a level of change at state & local level

2001 No Child Left Behind Act

Is the most recent reauthorization of ESEA

Represents a move toward greater accountability


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District Responsibilities for Parent/Guardian Involvement & Capacity

Parents/Guardians notified of & expected to be effectively involved in efforts to improve student achievement

Three major focus areas for districts that receive Title I funds:

Communication

Policies & Procedures

Capacity Building


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District Responsibilities for Parent/Guardian Involvement & Capacity

Focus on Parents/Guardians

Communicate what Title I is about

Give information about their child’s school & how their children are doing

Annual meetings held & key information made available early in the school year

Title I programming in the school & district

Curriculum & standards

Assessment (school, district & state level)

NCLB Report Cards

Teacher Qualifications (“Right to Know”)

Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

NCLB School Choice

NCLB Accountability Status


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Parent/Guardian Communications Capacity

A Parent/Guardian needs significant information to fully participate as a partner in their child’s education

Teacher Qualifications (“Right to Know”)

Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

NCLB School Choice

NCLB Accountability Status


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Parent/Guardian Policies & Procedures Capacity

Each school district that receives Title I funds shall develop jointly with, agree on with, & distribute to, parents/guardians of participating children a written parent involvement policy

Key requirements & involvement opportunities

Parent involvement programs

School-Parent/Guardian Compact

Parents’ “Right to Know”

Building parent/guardian capacity


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Parent/Guardian Policies & Procedures Capacity

All Title I Schools

Evaluation of parent/guardian involvement policies & activities

Surveys &/or interviews

Thoughtfully query parents/guardians

Focus: the extent that help/assistance provided for parents/guardians & children was academically effective

Schoolwide Programs

Parent/guardian representative(s) on the School Council


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Parent/Guardian Capacity Building Capacity

Establish & encourage meaningful parent/guardian involvement

Develop parent/guardian partnerships with principals & teachers

Develop parent/guardian skills and knowledge

Workshops throughout the school year

Facilitate acquisition of capacities that enable parents/guardians to assist their children with academic schools & align parent/guardian capacities with their child’s academic needs


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Parent/Guardian Capacity Building Capacity

Relationship between parent/guardian involvement & student achievement

From what we know, rigorous pursuit of the development of strong attitudes about the importance of education …

It appears that by supporting Parent/Guardian attitudes that are aligned with the needs of their children …

Studies show that encouragement of constructive attitudes on both sides of the teacher/principal and parent/guardian partnership enhances academic achievement for children participating in both Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide programs …


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Summary of District & School Responsibilities for Parent/Guardian Involvement

Notification of NCLB Accountability Status, NCLB School Choice, & Supplemental Educational Services (SES) options

Parent/Guardian Involvement Policies

School-Parent/Guardian Compacts

Annual meetings & workshops/seminars to build parent/guardian capacity

Needs assessment of

(a) what parents/guardians need to support their children &

(b) students’ subject area needs where Title I funds will be used to provide services

Parent/Guardian involvement in the planning, implementation & evaluation of the Title I activities and services employed to improve the academic achievement of students


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State Resources Parent/Guardian Involvement

Scientifically-Based Research

http://www.doe.mass.edu/titlei/research.html

Departmental Guidance on Parental Involvement

http://finance1.doe.mass.edu/Grants/grants07/rfp/doc/305_appn_a.pdf

Sample Materials

http://www.doe.mass.edu/titlei/monitoring/


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Federal Resources Parent/Guardian Involvement

Federal Non-Regulatory Guidance on Parental Involvement

http://www.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/parentinvguid.doc

Federal Statutory Language on Parental Involvement

Each school and school district must implement the 14 activities listed in Section 1118(e) of the NCLB legislation to ensure effective involvement of parents & to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, & the community to improve student academic achievement.

http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg2.html#sec1118

Federal Statutory Language on School-Parent Compact Requirement

http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg2.html#sec1118

Federal Statutory Language on Right to Know Requirement

http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg2.html#sec1111


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Research Syntheses Parent/Guardian Involvement

Research Syntheses from the National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools SEDL (formerly the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory)

http://www.sedl.org/connections/research-syntheses.html


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