NEPN/NSBA Code KBF
TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Parental involvement is the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student learning and other school activities.
Parent Involvement means:
* that parents play an important role in their child's learning
* that parents are encouraged to be full partners in their child's education by being actively involved in their child's education at school
* that parents are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory Boards to assist in the education of their child
In order to involved parents according to this definition, MSAD #60 will do the following:
MSAD #60 will form a Parent Advisory Board with district staff and parents whose children are in Title 1 programs. The Parent Advisory Board will do the following:
1. Develop a district parent involvement policy and distribute to all parents of children participating in Title 1 programs (Section 1118(a)(2). The parent involvement policy will be distributed to all participating parents with the Title 1 program permission letter.
2. Incorporate the district wide parent involvement policy into our LEA plan (Section 1112).
3. Plan and hold programs and activities for parents in all district Title 1 schools.
4. Work with all district Title 1 schools to develop school parent involvement policies and parent-school compacts (Sections 1118(b) and 1118(d).
MSAD #60 will work to make sure all parents have the opportunity to be involved in their child's education. MSAD #60 will:
1. Make sure parents who have disabilities, speak English as a Second Language (ESL), and/or are migrant workers are given reasonable support to participate in their children's education. The district will do this through Title 1 staff communication with parents in PET meetings, through phone calls, and at individual conferences. Title 1 will collaborate with the ESL program to support parents with language barriers.
2. Include written parent comments about Title 1 in the district report to the State Department of Education. The district will also include comments regarding the Title 1 program from annual surveys and/or feedback forms.
3. Inform parents and parent organizations of the purpose and existence of Maine Parent Information and Resource Center (Maine PIRC) by establishing a parent resources shelf in every K-6 school building.
MSAD #60 will involve parents in the development and annual review of the district wide parent involvement plan (Section 1112).
1. The district will collaborate with Maine PIRC for technical assistance.
2. The district will form a Parent Advisory Board with Title 1 staff, an administrators, and Title 1 parents.
3. Parent Advisory Board will meet to review existing policy, make amendments as necessary and approve updated policy.
MSAD #60 will involve parents in decision-making and planning for parent involvement.
1. The District Parent Advisory Board will meet three times annually to review Title 1 policy and programs, address barriers, and brainstorm solutions.
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2. The district will conduct a parent survey at least annually to plan activities/topics for parent training sessions.
MSAD #60 will involve parents in the process of school review and improvement (section 1116).
1. Title 1 parents will be represented on the Parent Advisory Council that addresses school review and improvement.
MSAD #60 will provide assistance to Title 1 schools in planning and conducting parent involvement activities to improve student achievement in school.
1. The district will collaborate with Maine Parent Information and Resource Center (Maine PIRC) to provide technical assistance to schools in planning and implementing parent involvement activities.
2. The district will have a District Parent Council including Title 1 parents.
MSAD #60 will provide parents with information and training about standards, assessment, working with students at home, and working with teachers.
1. The district will share information with parents on state and local benchmarks annually at parent- teacher conferences, and Title 1 meetings.
2. Maine PIRC will present a parent education workshop annually in collaboration with Title 1 and PTA. Personal invitations will be sent to all Title 1 parents.
3. The district will send a monthly literacy newsletter to all K-3 parents.
4. Posters will be made of the Educational Involvement Compact and these will be posted in every elementary school lobby in the district.
5. Title 1 activity nights based on parent feedback will be held annually to help parents support their young learners at home. This is related to surveys going out asking what parents would like to have information.
MSAD #60 will educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, and in the value and utility of contributions of parents by:
1. Maine PIRC will offer a facilitated discussion on the above topics annually at a staff development day.
MSAD #60 will coordinate with community programs to the extent feasible and appropriate.
1. Adult education will give book bags to all students registering for kindergarten. Registration information will be sent through district schools to all families.
2. District schools will distribute information on community programs through the district newsletter, including information on Parents as Teachers, Child Development Services, and the Public Library.
3. Incoming kindergarten students will be given tours of the school in the spring.
MSAD #60 will provide information and school reports in a way that is easy to understand.
1. The district will work with the Parent Advisory Board to review Title 1 paperwork and the Parent Compact.
Adoption of Policy:
This District-wide Parent Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon with, parents of children participating in Title 1, Part A programs. This policy was adopted by MSAD #60 on November 3, 2005 and will be in effect until further revised or replaced. MSAD #60 will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title 1, Part A children on or before October 31st.
Adopted: November 3, 2005