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FIAT TRAINING March 4, 2010. You Said WHAT!. FIAT NNPS/Joyce Epstein PIRC FFWT PE’s ATP. FIAT Team . Who? Terms of team? Who should be the chair person? What is the chair person’s role? Characteristics to look for when picking teams How often do you meet Committees

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March 4, 2010

you said what
You Said WHAT!
  • FIAT
  • NNPS/Joyce Epstein
  • PIRC
  • FFWT
  • PE’s
  • ATP
fiat team
  • Who?
  • Terms of team?
  • Who should be the chair person?
  • What is the chair person’s role?
  • Characteristics to look for when picking teams
  • How often do you meet
  • Committees

*All features are flexible to fit school conditions and needs.

what are the roles of your fiat
What are the roles of your FIAT?
  • School joins the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS)
  • Organize into committees
  • Develop a one year action plan based on your ASIP, create a budget and identify sources of funding
  • FIAT team and action plan are introduced and shared with entire school community
  • Meet regularly as a whole team and establish goals and guidelines for teamwork. How will you communicate? What decision making process will you see? when will you allow time to discuss issues and solve problems?
  • Gather ideas and plan programs and activities
  • Publicize activities and team meetings.
  • Evaluate your work and report regularly on progress in meeting the plan.
proper implementation of fiat
Proper Implementation of FIAT
  • Meets at least once a month during the school year
  • Average attendance to monthly meetings is at least 75% of membership
  • The principal regularly attends meetings (75% of meetings)
  • Principal and FIAT chair debrief regularly on the course of Action Plan implementation (at least once a month)
  • Mid-year reports on implementation are completed and submitted to Title 1/Kathy Fossum
  • By the end of the school year, all action steps are completed
Benefits of Partnerships: Results of ResearchWhat will well-designed and well-implemented family and community involvement activities DO?


  • Higher grades and test scores
  • Better attendance
  • Improved behavior at home and at school
  • Better social skills and adjustment to school
  • More classes passed and credits earned
  • Increased enrollment in more challenging academic programs and graduation on time
research cont
Research cont.


  • Stronger sense of support from school and other parents
  • More awareness of student progress and effective responses to problems
  • Increased self confidence about guiding student through school
  • Appreciation of teachers’ work and skills
  • Increased feeling of ownership of school
research cont9
Research cont.


  • Increased respect for families’ strengths and efforts
  • Increased understanding of families goals for their children
  • Greater readiness to involve all families in new ways
  • Use of community Resources to enrich studens’ experiences
  • Increased satisfaction with teaching
6 types of parent involvement
6 Types of Parent Involvement
  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at home
  • Decision making
  • Collaborating with the community
type 1 parenting basic responsibilities of families
Type 1 - Parenting(Basic Responsibilities of Families)
  • Housing, health, nutrition, clothing, safety
  • Understand child and adolescent development and parenting skills for all age levels
  • Home conditions that support children as students at all grade levels
type 2 communicating basic responsibilities of schools
Type 2 - Communicating(Basic Responsibilities of Schools)


  • Memos, notices, report cards, conferences, newsletters, phone calls, connect ed, emails, websites
  • Information to help families

*understand school programs and children’s progress state tests, report cards and other assessments

*choose or change courses, placements, programs and activities


  • Two-way channels of communication for questions, suggestions and interactions
type 3 volunteering involvement at and for the school
Type 3 - Volunteering(Involvement at and for the School)


  • In schools or classrooms

Assist administrators, teachers, students or parents as aides, tutors, coaches, boosters, monitors, lecturers, chaperones, mentors and in other ways

  • For schools or classrooms

Assist school programs and student activities from any location at any time

  • For audiencesAttend assemblies, performances, sports events, recognition and award ceremonies, celebrations and other student activities
type 4 learning at home involvement in academic activities
Type 4 - Learning at Home(Involvement in Academic Activities)

Information for families on…

  • how to help at home with homework
  • required skills to pass each subject
  • curriculum-related decisions by and for the student
  • development of students’ other skills and talents
type 5 decision making participation and leadership
Type 5 - Decision Making(Participation and Leadership)
  • School Council or School Improvement Team
  • FIAT Team
  • PTA/PTO membership, participation, leadership, representation
  • Title 1 advisory and other school or district committees
  • Independent advisory and advocacy groups
type 6 collaborating with the community
Type 6 - Collaborating with the Community

Community contributes to schools, students and families

  • Business partners
  • Health Services
  • Senior citizen organizations
  • Government and military agencies
  • Other groups, agencies and organizations,

schools, students and families to contribute to the community

  • Service learning and other special projects
nnps model 4 focus areas
NNPS Model – 4 focus areas
  • Academic 1: Reading or writing
  • Academic 2: Math
  • Safe Drug-free Schools: Improve student behavior, attendance
  • Climate of Partnership: Improve school climate and culture to be more family friendly