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Title 1

Title I School-Level Parental Involvement Policy

Hacienda La Puente USD

Baldwin Academy

Title I School-Level Parental Involvement Policy

 

BaldwinAcademyhas developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with the input from Title I parents on the School Site Council, parents involved in English Learner Advisor Committee (ELAC) and parents involved in the Baldwin Boosters. Parents were actively involved in the writing and approval of this policy. [Title I Parental Involvement, 20 USC 6318(a)-(f)]

 

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program at Baldwin Academy

Baldwin Academy does the following:

  1. Conducts the Annual Title I meeting each year during the first month of school, to inform parents of Title I requirements, and their rights to be involved in the decision making process for Title I programs at Baldwin Academy.
  2. A flexible number of meetings are offered during the a.m. and p.m., the first being during the first weeks of school, when parents come to school to drop their child off, and a subsequent meeting later in the day; and the Resource Teacher will schedule individual consultations as requested by any parent.

3.   Involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, reviewing, and improvement of its Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy

  • The parent involvement policy is reviewed at least twice a year by different parent groups, and at least once a year during a School Site Council meeting where it is revised and approved as needed, and teachers report back to the staff.
  • The parent involvement policy is reviewed during ELAC meetings, and parents are encouraged to suggest changes, which will be presented to the SSC.
  • Parents are asked for input on a needs assessment and the Single Plan for Student Achievement at School Site Council Meetings.

4. Provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs

  • During the first weeks of school, the Annual Title I meeting is held to inform parents of Title I programs at Baldwin Academy.
  • The parent involvement policy is provided for each parent at the beginning of the school year and is posted in a visible place.
  • Information and announcements are posted in a visible location in the school office.
  • School newsletters are mailed to parents three times a year.
  • Announcements and reminders of events/meetings/classes may be posted on the marquee, sent home as a flier or by phone messaging.
  • Provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum, assessments, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet
  • During the Annual Title I meetings, parents are informed about the school/grade API and AYP scores and proficiency goals for the year, as well as information regarding curriculum purchased with Title I funds, including Avenues for the ELLs.
  • During Back-to-School Night, each teacher provides information to the parent as to grade level, state standards, the district approved, research-based curriculum, and district and school-based assessments.
  • Additional parent meetings/trainings are provided to explain interpreting the STAR test results, and how they can help their child reach/maintain academic proficiency.
  • During scheduled teacher-parent conferences, teachers will inform parents of their child’s progress on reaching grade level proficiency, performance on school-based assessments, district assessments, and state assessments.
  • Provides parents of Title I students, if requested, with opportunities for regular meetings to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
  •  Parents are informed and invited to participate in the School Site Council which meets a minimum of five times throughout the year. Parents are informed of each meeting by an annual school calendar, fliers, and phone messages.
  • Parents of English Language Learners are also encouraged to participate in ELAC, which meets a minimum of five times a year, and are provided with the same information provided at SSC, including information about Title I programs
  • School surveys/Needs Assessment questionnaires are sent home to the parents of all students and analyzed when making decisions and drafting the school plan.
  • BaldwinAcademyalso offers a variety of other opportunities for parents to be informed/involved including: additional parent classes conducted by resource teacher,  PESA, Latino Family Literacy Classes, Adult Education classes.

 

School-Parent Compact

Parents and staff of Baldwin Academy worked together, in committee, to develop a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improving student achievement. The compact was reviewed and approved by the SSC.  The compact includes the following:

  1. The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction
  2. The parent’s responsibility to support their children’s learning
  3. The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at least, annual conferences, reports on student progress, access to staff, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in and observe the educational program

During Back-to-School Night teachers go over the compact with the parents and students, having them sign it.  The teacher goes over the compact with the students in the class, reminding them of the agreement they have made. Students, whose parents do not attend Back-to-School Night, take a compact home to have signed by the parents and returned to school. (see attached)

 

Building Capacity for Involvement

BaldwinAcademyengages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school does the following:

  1. Assists Title I parents in understanding academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children during the following scheduled meetings:
  2. Annual Title I Meeting
  3. Back-to-School Night
  4. Parent-Teacher conferences
  5. Grade level Math and Literacy Nights

 

  1. Provides materials and training to help Title I parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement.
  2. Grade level Math and Literacy Nights
  3. Latino Family Literacy classes
  4.  PESA classes
  5. Trainings for parents during ELAC/SSC meetings.
  6. Special parent meetings conducted by the resource teacher
  7. Parent classes provided by district Adult Education

 

  1. Educates staff, with the assistance of Title I parents, in the value of parent contributions and how to work with parents as equal partners.
  2. During SSC meetings parent input is encouraged and valued.
  3. School surveys/Needs Assessments are sent to the parents of all students.
  4. Coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs and conducts other activities, which encourage and support parents in participating more fully in the education of their children.
  5. The Site Governance Facilitator is a member of the SSC and ELAC and available to parents for conferences and trainings.
  6. Family Literacy and Math Nights at each grade level
  7. PESA and Latino Family Literacy classes
  8. Booster Club
  9. Special trainings/classes are provided for parents when requested.
  10. Adult Education classes in ESL, GED and citizenship are provided.
  11. Distributes to Title I parents information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities in a form and language that the parents understand.
  12. Notices are provided in English and Spanish
  13. Meetings are translated into Spanish
  14. Provides opportunities for parent involvement activities requested by Title I parents:
  15. Resource teacher conducts numerous parent meetings/trainings throughout the year to discuss topics parent request regarding student achievement, and is available to discuss parents concerns when requested.
  16. School surveys/Needs Assessment questionnaires are sent home to the parents of all students and analyzed when making decisions and drafting the school plan.
  17. Family Literacy and Math Nights at each grade level
  18. PESA and Latino Family Literacy classes
  19. Booster Club

 

Accessibility

BaldwinAcademyprovides opportunities for all Title I parents to participate, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students, when needed. This includes providing information and school reports in a form and language parents understand.

  • Newsletters, fliers, announcements and information are provided in English and Spanish.
  • Meetings are translated into Spanish
  •  Spanish translation is available for parents who request it during parent-teacher conferences, SSTs and IEPs.
  • Parents with disabilities are provided with school-wide access.

 

Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs)

PIRCs are funded by the US Department of Education. They provide both local and statewide services. California has two PIRCs: PIRC1, Project Inspire at the California Association of Bilingual Education, Covina, CA and PIRC2, Cal-PIRC at Cambridge Academies, Modesto, CA. http://www.nationalpirc.org/directory/CA-7.html

 

PIRC1, Project Inspire is the result of a partnership among the California Association for Bilingual Education, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the Alameda County Office of Education. Project Inspire provides parent training workshops and will be funded through 2011. A list of workshop topics and a brochure in English and Spanish that describes services are available at http://www.bilingualeducation.org/programs_parent.php. Workshops are available in multiple languages.

 

PIRC2, Cal-PIRC has established three Parent Information and Resource Center hubs in Northern and Central California. CalPIRC provides direct services to parents and schools in selected communities within Merced and Stanislaus Counties, and West Sacramento areas. It also provides support throughout the state through conferences, workshops, and a Web site. Cal-PIRC will be funded through 2011. Whenever available, resources are posted in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Hmong. http://www.calpirc.org/