Title 1

Beaverdale Elementary School
School-Wide Title I Parent Involvement Policy
Folder 11
FY15
Revision date 5/14/15


The Beaverdale Elementary School Parent Involvement Policy is jointly developed by a committee that includes parents, teachers, administrators, and other staff members. The policy will be evaluated and updated annually by the committee to accommodate any changing needs. The most current version of the policy describing implementation of the requirements will be presented and distributed to all parents at the beginning of each academic year and will be written in language that is simple and understandable. A copy of the policy will be on file in the Media Center, with the district Federal Programs director, and with the Whitfield County Board of Education.

Annual Meeting
Beaverdale will convene at a convenient time an annual meeting in the fall to inform parents of the school's participation in the School-wide Title I program, to explain the benefits of the program and its requirements, inform parents of their right to be involved, and provide an opportunity for parents to serve on the School-wide Title I committee. Invitations notifying parents of all students of this meeting will be sent home, and parents will be encouraged to attend.

Parent Involvement
Parents will be involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in planning, developing, reviewing, evaluating, and improving the School-wide Title I programs, including the Parent Involvement Policy, the School-Parent Compact, and Parent Involvement funds. Parents will be invited to School-wide Title I committee meetings to ensure opportunities for involvement. The school and parents will work jointly on an on-going basis to encourage and improve parental involvement.

Providing Parent Information
The school will provide parents of all students with timely information either by conferences, meetings, or literature concerning:
A. Title I Programs in the school
B. Results of the annual school review including school performance profiles
C. Individual students' assessment results and their interpretation
D. A description and explanation of the school curriculum
E. The assessments used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels the students are expected to meet
F. Opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences with other parents, and participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
G. Provide timely responses to parent suggestions
H. Collect all unsatisfactory parent comments regarding the School-Wide Title I Plan, including the Parent Involvement Policy and Compact, and attach those comments to the School-wide Plan when submitted to the Local Educational Agency (LEA)

Provide Assistance
Assistance will be provided as needed through conferences, meetings, and/or information to parents to help them understand such areas as:
A. National Education Goals
B. Georgia's School and Performance Standards
C. School improvement process.
D. Components of a School-wide Title I program
E. State and local assessments
F. Requirements of School - wide Title I Parent Involvement Policy
G. Ways parents can monitor their children's progress and work with educators to improve student performance
H. Ways parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children such as the school council.
I. Differentiated Instruction
J. Student Support Teams (SST)
K. No Child Left Behind Law (NCLB)
L. Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE)
M. Other resources and programs that are available to children such as tutoring and instructional extension services
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Provide materials and training
Materials and training opportunities will be provided as determined by the parent survey, and input. Examples are as follows:
A. Literacy training to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement, i.e., adult education programs, high school equivalency diploma (GED), literacy programs available through the school system, Dalton College, and other local agencies and industries. The literacy training may be provided from local funds if the local educational agency has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training.
B. Instructional strategies and materials to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement.
C. Technology training and using technology from other sources to assist parents in helping their children improve academic achievement.

 


Home/School Connection
Beaverdale will educate staff with parental assistance in understanding the value of working as partners by providing teachers, administrators, and other staff members with in-service training, workshops and/or information that address techniques for reaching out to and communicating effectively with parents as equal partners. Parent led programs such as PTO, parent volunteerism, and family nights will be planned to build ties between parents and the school. Meetings will be held at a variety of times, or in-home conferences conducted between teachers or other educators, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school.

Coordination of Parent Involvement Programs
A plan will be developed to coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs, activities, and strategies with other programs that may include Early Intervention Program (EIP), School Outreach, school counselor, public and private pre-school programs, Family Support Council, Family Connections, Migrant program and other programs and agencies to the extent feasible and appropriate.

Community/Business Partnerships
Understanding the importance of outside resources and support, Beaverdale will develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses for parent involvement activities. This may include providing information about opportunities for organizations and businesses to work with parents in the school in the formation of partnerships that include a role for parents. A mentoring program with other schools, businesses, community service organizations and service learning opportunities may be made available to help for community/business/parent partnerships.

Parent Resources
As appropriate and feasible, Beaverdale will provide a parent resource center and opportunities for parents to learn about child development, parenting skills, positive behavior management, and homework hints and other practices that are designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children. Parental involvement activities will be provided as appropriate, and as parents may request.

Parent Involvement with Assessment
Parents will participate in opportunities for an on-going and end of year assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the parent involvement initiative as a measure of performance evaluation of the school. These evaluations will be essential to Beaverdale's continuous improvement of parental involvement and participation.

Primary Language and Communication Adaptation
Beaverdale Elementary School will ensure, to the extent possible, that information concerning school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities and information be sent home in the primary language used in the home and in a format understandable to all parents including Limited English Proficient, migratory workers, and those with disabilities. Full opportunities for parent participation in school activities will be provided.
Other Parental Activities
To strengthen parent involvement, Beaverdale will provide, as appropriate and feasible, other reasonable support for parental involvement activities upon parent request. In addition to the Annual Parent meeting, the school will offer a flexible number of additional parent involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. A districtwide parent advisory council will be established to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs.


Optional Parental Involvement Activities May Include the Following:
-Involving parents in the training available for teachers, administrators, and other educators, as appropriate and feasible, to improve effectiveness of such training

-Training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents

-Paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions

-Adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement