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Virginia Parent Resource Centers…. …Promoting a collaborative partnership between families, schools and communities to create positive educational outcomes for Virginia’s school children. Supported by research.

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Virginia Parent Resource Centers…

…Promoting a collaborative partnership between families, schools and communities to create positive educational outcomes for Virginia’s school children


Supported by research. . .

Research concludes “the evidence is consistent, positive and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through

life. . . .”

U.S. DOE Parent Involvement Non-Regulatory Guidance Document, April 2004


Supported by Law. . .

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act:

defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities including:

  • parents playing an integral role in assisting their child’s learning

  • parents being actively involved in their child’s education at school

  • parents acting as full partners in their child’s education


Supported by Law. . .

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:

  • Provides for parent involvement throughout the special education process

  • Requires training for parents in the special education process


VA PRC origins. . .

In May of 1988, the Virginia Board of Education set a goal to expand the network of Parent Resource Centers statewide and to earmark funds to assist local school divisions with start-up costs.

The VA Dept of Education added personnel to serve as Parent Specialists in working with PRCs across the Commonwealth.


VA State Improvement Plan . . .

2008 Results

Part B Preschool40%

Part B K-1231%

Indicator 8: The percentage of parents with a child receiving special education who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.


Virginia Parent Resource Center Network

Map of VA with locations marked

http://www.vaprcs.org/


Virginia Parent Resource Centers…

…provide services within the local school system to promote meaningful family involvement including:

  • Maintaining a lending library of resources

  • Offering training on such topics as parenting, disability awareness, IEP development and the special education process and special education regulations.


Virginia Parent Resource Centers…

  • Providing information regarding conferences and training opportunities

  • Sharing community resource information

  • Supporting individuals within the community with one-on-one meetings, phone calls and/or emails

  • Publishing newsletters and maintaining websites of resources for families and educators


Virginia Parent Resource Centers

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What do parents and professionals say with regard to Parent Resource Centers?


Survey ofVirginia Parent Resource Centers

  • Online survey emailed to all 50 PRCs

    in Fall 2009

  • Data reported for school year 2007-2008

  • Number of surveys completed: 37

  • Return rate: 74%


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve...

One school division only92%

More than one school division 8%

Areas that are:

Rural32%

Suburban51%

Urban 6%


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve Different Constituents...

  • Parents

  • Educators

  • Otherprofessionals

  • Members of the community

Parents of

Parents of


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve Parents of Children with...


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Serve Diverse Groups...

  • African American

  • Asian

  • Hispanic

  • White

  • Multiracial

64%

20%

5%

5%

5%


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Help Parents Directly...

By providing

training and workshops; information and resources; and telephone calls, emails, and in-person consultations.

Information

Consultation

Training

10,770

32,576

15,594

Number of Parents Served


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Provide Training...

Parents

Others

8,343

1,645

In 2007-2008, over 750 training sessions, workshops, and presentations were conducted.

Educators

2,820

Number of Participants


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Keep People Informed...

Through newsletters delivered to:

  • Parents

  • Educators

  • Administrators

  • School Board members

  • Community agencies

  • Other service providers

  • Special Education Advisory Committee members

141,350

Number ofNewslettersDistributed

2007-2008


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Newsletters...

Provide up-to-date information about:

  • Evidence-based practices

  • Current research

  • Advances in knowledge

  • Success stories

  • Local, state, and national news, events, and conferences


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Newsletters...

Sent via mail, email, school distribution, & other means.

s

s


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Use Technology...

Number of PRCs Reporting They Have:

  • Web site: 24

  • Blog 2

  • Own Web address 9

  • Link on school division Web site 28


Virginia Parent Resource Centers Use Technology...

Web Site

24

Number of PRCs Reporting

They Have:

Link on School Division Web Site

Own Web Address

Blog

28

9

2


Top Three Concerns Reported by Virginia Parent Resource Centers...

  • IEP process and content

  • Behavioral issues

  • Resources and support services


VA Parent Resource Centers . . .

Do so much for families and schools to build collaborative connections to improve student outcomes!


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