Topic: Title 1 - Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Topic: Title I Presentation
Time: Sep 24, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 669 622 1082
Title I Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. The priorities of Title I are to:
- Strengthen the core program in schools and provide academic and/or support services to low-achieving students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels;
- Provide evidence-based programs that enable participating students to achieve the learning standards of the state curriculum frameworks;
- Elevate the quality of instruction by providing eligible staff with substantial opportunities for professional development; and,
- Involve parents/guardians of participating public and private school children as active partners in their children's education at school through open, meaningful communication, training, and, as appropriate, inclusion in decision-making processes.
As a Title I school district, Foxborough Regional Charter School (FRCS) commits itself to educate and support all students and implements general and specific programming to meet the needs of its diverse student population. Further, the school recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family and agrees that to effectively educate all students, the school and parents must work as partners.
The school defines parent and family involvement as an ongoing process that assists parents and families to meet their basic obligation as their child’s first educator, promotes clear two-way dialogue between home and school, and supports parents as leaders and decision makers at all levels concerning the education of their children.
Families and school staff will jointly develop the Title I Parent Involvement Program. Appropriate offerings and practices are offered to enhance parent involvement activities and reflect the needs of the students and families. This partnership is facilitated through direct parent discussions, the school Family Engagement program, and the school’s formal parent organization, Partners in Education (PIE).
The following components support the Foxborough Regional Charter School Family Engagement Policy:
- FRCS faculty and staff annually present the information to inform and obtain feedback on family engagement opportunities and Title 1 programs.
- Title 1 discussions continue to be facilitated at PIE meetings to involve parents in the decision making process.
- Information for parents to understand and to become involved with the Title 1 program are distributed through Friday Folder information emails, published in the school’s Student/Family Handbook and on the school’s website, and are available by hard copy at the elementary, middle, high, and district offices and at events such as the Start of School Open House, Back to School Night, and various Curriculum Nights.
- Parent/Teacher Conferences are held throughout the year to inform parents of specific details about each student’s progress including:
- Academic content standards
- Student achievement standards
- State and local assessments (including alternate assessments)
- Monitoring student academic, social, and emotional progress
- Partnering with teacher(s) to increase achievement
- Parent Surveys are administered annually in the spring for planning purposes for future school year programming.
- The FRCS website offers a link to Title 1 funding information and has embedded accessibility features, such as the ability to enlarge print for visually impaired.
- The FRCS website has the capability to translate daily school messages and all other pertinent information to the appropriate parent language.
- Interpreters for native languages are provided by the school family engagement office.
- Written communications are translated into native languages.
- Literacy Nights are held to encourage growth in literacy and provide a demonstration on classroom curricula and programming to help parents with strategies to assist their children with these skills at home.
- At school events throughout the year, such as Open House, Math Games Night, K-12 Reading Buddies, or Parent Conferences, trained staff present information related to Math and literacy strategies to use at home.