Title I Parent Involvement
Parent Involvement Policy
Westminster Public Schools Board of Education, Staff and Parents recognize that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family. In support of the school district goal to educate all students in a competency based system effectively, the schools and parents must work as knowledgeable partners. Research supports the fact that active parent involvement improves student academic and social achievement.
Although parents are diverse in culture, language, and needs, they must share the school’s commitment to the educational success of their children. Westminster Public Schools, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a partnership to establish programs and practices that reflect the specific needs of students and their families.
In keeping with these beliefs, Westminster Public Schools supports and encourages collaborative participation and decision-making for student learning by:
- Involving parents in determining the vision for the school and monitoring progress toward this vision.
- Sharing and exchanging information on instructional goals, Learning Targets, and teaching strategies that can be used at home to provide continuity between home and school.
- Fostering communication between the parent and school, use targets and address the personal/social skills regarding student progress toward attaining Learning Targets for the 21st Century citizen.
- Providing timely information to parents and students and increase transparency regarding academic attainment and achievement.
- Valuing and promoting family and staff partnerships in which all participants plan, design and implement (when appropriate) various educational policies and programs (e.g. literacy, ELA, preschool and math).
- Conducting an annual evaluation to measure the effectiveness of family partnerships, school communications, parent involvement activities and parent policy.
- Guiding parents/guardians to make informed decisions about the enrollment options.
District Title I Parent Involvement
Pursuant to federal law, the district and the parents of students participating in Title I district programs have jointly developed the following parent involvement policy. The policy shall be implemented by the superintendent or designee according to the timeline set forth in the policy and incorporated into the district’s Title I plan.
Involvement with Title I Planning
The district shall 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 a discussion regarding Title I program planning, review implementation of the Title I plan, discussion regarding how Title I funds are allocated for parent involvement activities and suggestions for improvement.
District Support for Parent Involvement
The district shall 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 coordination, assistance, and support shall include:
- Consultation and coordination with each building principal, program advisories, Title I staff, Building Accountability Advisory Council (BAAC), District Accountability Advisory Council (DAAC),
Westminster Public Schools support for parent involvement may also include, but not be limited to:
- Providing effective communication in language 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.
- Including 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 computer/internet access (Vestibule terminals and before and after school library access).
- Providing social/behavioral support and involvement.
The district, with the assistance of parents shall develop and implement a district professional development plan to enhance the skill of teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in:
- 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 Parent Involvement Activities with Other District Programs
The district shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, 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 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 and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their students.
All notices and written communications involved in the programs above will be coordinated to ensure timely and complete distribution to all parents, including parents of Title I students. A variety of measures, that includes, but is not limited to, community newspaper, district-wide in-school newsletters, community education brochures and Westminster Public Schools television channel.
The district shall coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement strategies with those of the other educational programs in the district. The purpose of this coordination shall be to improve the academic quality of the schools served, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who:
- Are economically disadvantaged
- Have disabilities
- Have limited English proficiency
- Have limited literacy
- Are of any racial or ethnic minority background
- Are parents of migratory children
- Are considered homeless
Support will be given to parents who have barriers to understanding their students’ learning needs. The support will be given by classroom teachers, Title I teachers, special educators, homeless coordinator, migrant coordinator, and English Language Acquisition teachers. The process will be ongoing throughout the school year.
The district shall provide to parents, as appropriate, information to help them understand the state’s academic content and achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, how to monitor students’ academic progress and how to work with school staff to improve the achievement of students. The district shall develop written materials and training for staff to help parents work with students to improve student achievement.
Westminster Public Schools will encourage parents to collaborate with the district and the school by:
- Providing information to parents about Measurement Topics and state standards in language accessible to the parent and community.
- Providing semi-annual parent-teacher conferences with the classroom teacher and support staff with available translators.
- Offering additional parent-teacher conferences when requested by a parent or teacher.
- Creating parent involvement meetings based on school needs assessments, which could include programs, trainings and workshops.
- Distributing information and strategies regarding academic support at or during parent-teacher conferences or parent meetings.
- Providing written and /or oral information to parents about school and state assessments.
School-Based Parent Involvement Activities
Each Title I school shall encourage parents to become involved in the activities of the school through the application of research-based strategies that include:
- Inviting parents to participate as partners in the decisions that affect children and families in district schools by serving on school committees and advisory councils, as well as sharing strategies for promoting and supporting the education of their child at home and at school.
- Encouraging and organizing Title I involvement and community programs that are aligned with the state standards and Measurement Topics.
- Encouraging parents to attend Parenting Workshops and providing reasonable support for parental involvement in activities as parents may request.
- Communicating on a regular basis, through conferences, newsletters, phone calls, and notes to parents.
- Providing parent classes to increase parenting skills.
- Involving parents in training that will support them in playing an integral role in assisting student learning.
- Encouraging parents to volunteer and visit classrooms; seeking out their support and assistance.
- Providing parent committees (BAAC, DAAC) where parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
- Collaborating with the community to provide resources that are used to strengthen schools, families and student learning.
- Involve parents in district visits.
Method of Communicating with Parents
All information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities shall be sent to parents in a format, to the extent possible, in a language the parents can understand.
Communications and information may be shared with parents in the following ways:
- At the beginning of each school year the district will prepare and disseminate a report to all parents of children attending the school, showing how the school performed on PARCC compared to the state and whether the district has been identified for school improvement.
- Letters will be distributed to parents explaining if the school or district is identified for school improvement.
- A copy of the Parent Involvement Policy will be distributed to all parents.
- Parent meetings are to be scheduled near the beginning of the year to discuss the Title I Program, as well as other services available to help students improve achievement.
- Provide input in developing parent/school compacts.
- Workshops, in-services, speakers, and programs may be provided to help meet the needs of parents, promoting an open door policy for parents and/or families to visit the school, the Title I program, as well as other programs outlined in this policy.
- Parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled regularly through the year to discuss the needs and progress of each individual student.
o Informal communications throughout the year; telephone, contact with parents through various school activities (sports, concerts, assemblies, etc.).
The district shall 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 shall specifically address barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who:
o Are economically disadvantaged
o Have disabilities
o Have limited English proficiency
o Have limited literacy
o Are of any racial or ethnic minority background
o Are parent of migratory children
o Are considered homeless
The district, in partnership with all stakeholders, shall use the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, this policy.
The district shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
Development of School-Level Title I Parent Involvement Policy
Each school receiving Title I funds shall jointly develop with and distribute to parents of students participating in the Title I program a written School-Level Title I Parent Involvement Policy agreed upon by the parents in accordance with the requirements of federal law.
The policy shall contain a school-parent compact or agreement that outlines how parents, school staff, and students will share the responsibility of improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help students.
Dispute Resolution Process and Addressing Concerns at the District Level
Title I Director
C.R.S. 22-7-101 through 22-7-107(Educational Accountability Act of 1971) (local accountability programs)
C.R.S.22-7-407 (5) (informing parents about standards-based education)
C.R.S.22-11-201 (4)(b)(I) (accreditation contract must bind district to administer community involvement, including processes for parents)
C.R.S.22-30.5-109 (publicity regarding educational options)
1 CCR 301-1,Rules 2202-R.2.01 (4)(j) (accreditation contract must include goals and processes for informing and involving parents, families,community and accountability committees)
20 U.S.C.§6301 et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
Title I, Part A, Section 1118 (Title I parent involvement requirements)
Title I, Par tA, Section 1114 (b)(1)(F) (Schoolwide Reform Program must include strategies to increase parent involvement)
Title I, Part A, Section 1115 (c)(1)(g) (Targeted Assistance Program must include parent involvement strategies)
Title I, Part A, Section 1116 (a)(1)(D) (school districts’ receiving Title I funds must review effectiveness of parent involvement actions and activities at schools)
Title I, Part F, Section 1606 (a)(7) (Comprehensive School Reform Grant Program parent involvement requirements)
Title II,Part A, Section (a)(3)(B)(IV) (preparing and training for highly qualified teachers and principals Grant Program parent involvement provisions)
Title I, Part A, Section 1112 (g) (parent involvement and notifications in districts using Title I funds to provide language instruction to limited English proficient students)
Title I, Part C, Section 1304 (b)(3)(parent involvement and notifications in districts using Title I funds for the education of migratory children)
Title I, PartA, Section 1114 (b)(2) (eligible school that desires to operate a schoolwide program must develop a comprehensive reform plan)
ADA, School District Goals and Objectives
AE, Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishments
AEA, Standards Based Education
IA, Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives
IHBIB, Primary/Pre-primary Education
IL, Evaluation of Instructional Program
ILBA, District Program Assessment
ILBB, State Program Assessments
KD, Public Information and Communications