Shenandoah School Corporation
District Family Involvement Plan
The current Title 1 law states that "All parents can contribute to their children's success by helping at home and becoming partners with teachers so that children achieve high standards". Shenandoah School Corporation intends to follow the parental policy guidelines in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will distribute this policy to parents participating in the Title 1 program. Shenandoah School Corporation will fulfill the requirements outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in the following ways:
Shenandoah School Corporation will involve parents in jointly developing our district’s local plan under section 1112 and in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 by gathering input from parents during the activities listed below.
· Holding an annual meeting early in the year to inform Title 1 parents of children's participation and explain the program. For your convenience, both a morning and an evening session of this meeting will be held. All parents of Title 1 students will receive an invitation to the annual meetings in the mail. These meetings will include a question and answer session to address questions and concerns from parents. For parents not in attendance at the annual meeting, a packet will be sent home with the Title 1 student containing this information. Parents of Title 1 students are encouraged to contact their student’s Title 1 teacher or any Title 1 staff member at any time throughout the school year if they have questions/concerns related to the Title 1 program.
· Offering meetings/workshops/sharing time throughout the year for parents of Title 1 students relating to the education of their children if parents desire. Each Title 1 parent will receive a notice of all meetings/workshops through the mail as well as email addresses and school phone numbers of the Title 1 staff. Parents are encouraged to contact any Title 1 staff member with suggestions for workshop topics and input concerning how the school may assist parents in helping his/her child achieve. Parents also are encouraged to contact any Title 1 staff member concerning any issue for which you would like additional information or training.
· Involving parents in the development of the program as well as the evaluation of the Title 1 program through surveys/conferences/meetings. Title 1 parents are invited to participate and provide input concerning how out Title 1 program can be structured to provide maximum effectiveness, as well as participate in an annual review of the program each year. All surveys and notices of meetings will be mailed.
· Coordinating and integrating Title 1 parental involvement strategies with those of other programs going on in the school. Title 1 parents will receive mailings notifying them of all parent meetings/workshops from other school programs that provide information and assistance relative to Title 1 students.
· Providing timely responses to parents' questions/concerns/suggestions. Email addresses and phone numbers will be supplied to the parents of all Title 1 students to facilitate communication. Title 1 staff will stay in contact regularly with parents of students in the Title 1 program. In addition, all Title 1 students will receive a Title 1 progress report detailing skills that have been addressed and academic progress that has been made each grading period. All questions, concerns, and other input directed to Title 1 staff members will be answered as soon as practically possible.
Shenandoah School Corporation will provide for the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist Title 1 schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to promote student achievement and school performance through the following activities.
· Providing in-district meetings with the Title 1 Program Administrator and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
· Providing and funding out-of –district meetings, workshops, and seminars addressing effective parental involvement,
Shenandoah School Corporation will build Title 1 school/parent capacity for strong parental involvement by providing parents with the following:
· Information concerning the curriculum that will be used in Title 1 activities, forms of assessment to measure student progress, and proficiency levels that each Title 1 student is expected to meet will be shared through communication with each student’s Classroom and Title 1 teacher team.
· Opportunities for decision-making related to the education of Title 1 children will be provided through the various activities that have been outlined above as well as the opportunity to contact any classroom teacher and/or Title 1 teacher via email, phone, note, or conference.
· On-going communication between parents and teachers of Title 1 students will be provided and encouraged throughout the school year through phone calls, emails, and mailings. As stated above, email addresses and phone numbers will be supplied to the parents of all Title 1 students to facilitate communication. In addition, parents of all Title 1 students will receive a Title 1 progress report detailing skills that have been addressed and academic progress that has been made each grading period.
· Assistance to parents of Title 1 children in understanding such topics as the Indiana’s Academic Standards and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve achievement will be provided as appropriate and necessary. Title 1 staff members will assist with these topics through providing parents with brochures and other parent literature, phone calls, and parent workshops/meetings. Parents are encouraged to communicate their needs to Title 1 staff members.
· Materials and training to help parents work with their children’s academic needs and foster parental involvement will be provided and every attempt possible will be made to ensure that information sent home is in a language that parents can understand. Title 1 staff will provide parents with take home materials for academic games and activities to reinforce skills that Title 1 students are working on at school. In addition, parents of Title 1 students will receive suggestions for home activities that support student learning through the weekly school newsletter/menu.
· Parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start and school preschool programs will be coordinated and integrated to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children. Title 1 staff will communicate with the leaders of these agencies on a regular basis to determine how the school can contribute and follow through with efforts to promote parent involvement.
· An annual review of each Title 1 program will be conducted with the involvement of parents through discussion and surveys. This review will address the effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served with Title 1 funds and will include the identification of barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities, with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, have disabilities, limited English proficiency, limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. The findings from this evaluation will be used to design more effective parental involvement and to make necessary revisions and/or modifications to policies and/or programs.