District Supports for Title I Families
Pursuant to federal law, Westminster Public Schools and the parents of students participating in Title I district programs have jointly developed a parent involvement policy. The policy will be implemented by the superintendent or designee according to the timeline set forth in the policy and incorporated into the district’s Title I Parent Involvement Plan.
Involvement with Title I Planning
WPS will hold an annual meeting for representative parents of students in Title I programs, as well as school Title I staff, principals of schools receiving Title I funds, and other interested persons. The meeting will include:
- Discussions regarding Title I program planning
- Review of the implementation of the Title I plan
- Discussions regarding how Title I funds are allocated for parent involvement activities
- Question and answer opportunity to provide suggestions for improvement
District Support for Parent Involvement
WPS will provide coordination, technical assistance and the other support necessary to assist participating schools in building the capacity for strong parent involvement to improve student academic achievement and school performance. This includes:
- Consultation and coordination with each building principal, program advisories, Title I staff, Building Accountability Advisory Council (BAAC), District Accountability Advisory Council (DAAC),
- Providing effective communication in a variety of languages accessible to the parent community.
- Assisting in understanding State Academic Standards, Measurement Topics, Student Academic Growth, Federal and State Assessment Program, and the Building School wide Title I Plan.
- Training and resources to support effective parental involvement.
- A consistent process for gathering parent feedback for the purpose of evaluating the parent involvement activities and policies.
- Offering routine open forums among the schools and parents to share information and strategies addressing high mobility factors and its impact upon student literacy achievement.
- Offering computers and internet access (terminals and before- and after-school library access).
- Providing social and behavioral supports and involvement.
WPS, with the assistance of parents, will also develop and implement a district professional development plan to enhance the skill of teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff that includes:
- The value and utility of contributions of parents
- How to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners
- Implementing and coordinating parent programs
- Building ties between parents and the school
Coordination of Activities with Other Programs
WPS will, to the extent possible, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with adult family literacy information distributed in coordination with:
- District Advisory and Accountability Committee (DAAC)
- Building Advisory and Accountability Committee (BAAC)
- Front Range Community College
- Parent Academy for Student Success (PASS) courses
- school literacy programs
- Early Childhood Center
- Special Education Advisory Council
- PBS teams
- Community Action and Awareness Committee (CAAT)
- Adams County Social Services and Health Departments
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Project
- La Casa de Paz
- Familia Migrant Project
- Other programs and community partners
Alongside these partners, we will host a variety of activities for families, such as parent resource centers that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their students. Communication about these programs above will be distributed in a timely manner to all parents, including parents of Title I students. Information about these programs will be shared in community newspapers, school newsletters, community education brochures and on the westminsterpublicschools.org homepage and calendar.
We will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy. Effectiveness shall be measured in part by improvements in student academic achievement and in school performance. The evaluation will address barriers to increase participation by parents in activities who:
- Are economically disadvantaged
- Have disabilities
- Have limited English proficiency
- Have limited literacy
- Are of any racial or ethnic minority background
- Are parent of migratory children
- Are considered homeless
We, in partnership with all stakeholders, will use the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise this policy if necessary. We will also provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents request.