When Parents are involved, research shows:
- Students achieve more regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, or parents' educational level.
- The more extensive the parent involvement, the higher the student achievement.
- Students exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior.
- Students have higher graduation rates and greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education.
What does that mean for me?
It means that we receive Federal Funding (approximately $302k for the 2020-21 school year) to support our students due to our high population of families who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
How is that money spent?
We use the funds for academic materials and are also able to hire extra staff to support reading, writing, and math (Coaches, extra teacher to lower class-size, art teacher, etc.).
What else does it mean?
It means that parents have the right to request information on teacher's qualifications including their state licensing criteria, their status, their certification, content areas, and the certifications of paraprofessionals, etc.
How can parents be involved?
This is a unique year where we are providing creative ways for parents to be involved. Parents can participate with our family engagement events, attend all parent/teacher conferences and actively engage in your child's learning.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
How can parents become involved?
Epstein's Framework of six types of involvement for Comprehensive Programs of Partnership:
PARENTING: Assist parents in learning about effective parenting skills through school and community workshops. Help all families establish home environments to support children as students.
COMMUNICATING: Initiate regular two-way communication between home and school. Design effective forms of school-to-home communications about school programs and their children's progress.
VOLUNTEERING: Be a school volunteer. Recruit and organize parent help and support.
LEARNING AT HOME: Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning.
DECISION MAKING: Parents must be a part of school decision-making committees such as the School Accountability Committee.
COLLABORATING WITH THE COMMUNITY: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.
PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW:
- Parents of all children in all Title 1 schools have the right to request and receive timely information on the professional qualifications of their children's classroom teachers.
- Whether the teacher has met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher is teaching.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or another provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
- The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, including the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.