PHILADELPHIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN

 

Philadelphia Elementary School endorses and encourages the parent involvement goals of Title I and encourages the regular participation by parents of Title I eligible children in all aspects of the program. Philadelphia Elementary School is committed to the goal of providing quality education for each child within the school. The education of children is viewed as a cooperative effort among the parents, school, and community. To achieve a quality education for each child, partnerships will be established with parents and the community.

 

It is our belief that parental involvement and guidance are major factors in schools being successful. Therefore, Philadelphia Elementary School will:

 

1.    Convene a Title I school wide meeting in late August to explain the goals and purposes of the Title I program at Philadelphia Elementary School. Parents will be given information about the new Title I guidelines and how they differ from the previous Chapter I Program at Philadelphia Elementary School. Discussion will inform the parents of their rights to have input in the design and implementation of The Federal Programs Project. Parents will be given the opportunity to participate in the design, development, operation, and evaluation of the program for the next school year and to participate in planning activities, to offer suggestions, and to ask questions regarding policies and programs. Parents will have the opportunity to help review the parental policy, federal guidelines and compacts.

 

Pursuant of federal law, this school will develop jointly with, agree with, and distribute to parents of children participating in the Title I program a written parent involvement policy. They will be given copies of the school's Parental Involvement Policy, and will be offered a chance to become involved in revising that policy as needed.

 

People may volunteer to serve on the Philadelphia Elementary School Advisory Committee. Parents will be encouraged to attend the annual meeting and become involved through written notices about the meeting time and place, via telephone calls that are made by parent volunteers. This encourages as many parents as possible to attend the meeting.

 

In addition to the required annual meeting, at least three additional meetings shall be held at various times of the day and/or evening for the parents of children participating in the Title I program. Notices will be sent to the parents and articles will appear in the local newspaper and on the school's website advising parents and interested persons of the meetings. These meetings shall be used to provide parents with:

 

 

a.    Information about programs under Title I;

 

b.    A description and explanation of the curriculum in use, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet;

 

c.     Opportunities to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children; and

 

d.    The opportunity to bring parent comments, if they are dissatisfied with the school's Title I program to Philadelphia Elementary School.

 

2.    Ensure that the LEA involves parents and the Advisory Committee in the joint development of the Title I Plan under sections 1112 (Title I Application).

 

a.    Parents will give input during school Parent/Teacher Conferences, and parent interest surveys that will be used.

 

b.    Philadelphia Elementary will ensure that they will involve parents in planning the use of 1% of its Title I funds.

 

c.     Philadelphia Elementary School will make sure that it is working with all parents to help them understand what high standards all children should meet and how all children will be assessed. This includes what kinds of assessments will be used and alternate methods of measuring progress, etc.

 

d.    Philadelphia Elementary School will make sure that all parents of students with disabilities or of limited English proficiency have the same access to information as all other parents, include getting information in a language and form they can understand.

 

e.    Philadelphia Elementary School will ensure that they educate teachers and other staff in ways to work with parents, and the importance of parental involvement.

 

3.    Ensure that the LEA involves parents in the process of school review and improvement under Section 116 of NCLB.

 

a.    Philadelphia Elementary School will provide a local annual review of the state report card to determine whether the school is making adequate progress toward enabling students to meet the State's challenging student performance standards. This review will also provide the information each school needs to continually refine the program of instruction to enable children to meet the State's challenging performance standards. The school will publicize and disseminate the results of this review to teachers and other staff, parents, students, and the community.

 

b.    Schools that for two years fail to meet the State's definition of adequate progress are designated as schools in need of improvement. These schools in consultation with parents, the District, and the school support team, revise their school plan and in order to improve the performance of participating children in meeting the State's challenging student performance standards.

 

c.     Philadelphia Elementary School, when it has been identified by the SEA for improvement, is required to make revisions to its Title I plan, in consultation with parents, and educational experts, in ways that have the greatest likelihood of improving the performance of schools in meeting the State's student performance standards.

 

4.    Ensure that LEA provides technical assistance and support to schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.

 

Philadelphia Elementary School will make sure that parents understand all aspects of their children's education. If there are issues parents do not understand, the school will be asked to hold sessions to teach parents about those things. Parents will receive training that will assist them in helping their children at home and at school based on identified needs of parents.

 

5.    Ensure that the LEA builds schools' and parents' capacity for parent involvement under Section 118(e).

 

a.    Work with Philadelphia Elementary School in planning use of the 1% (or more) of its Title I funds.

 

b.    Make sure that Philadelphia Elementary School is working with all parents to ensure that they understand what high standards all children should meet and how all children will be assessed.

 

c.     Make sure that parents of students with disabilities or with limited English proficiency have the same access to information as all other parents, including getting information in a language and form they can understand, and activities and meetings are conducted in a language they understand.

 

d.    Make sure that, as required, Philadelphia Elementary School educates teachers, and other staff in ways to work well with parents. Also, understanding the importance of parental involvement and that parents have a chance to help design and develop training for school personnel. This is allowed under law.

 

e.    Make sure that parents understand how they can be involved in Title I planning and implementation. If there are issues parents do not understand, Philadelphia Elementary School will conduct sessions to teach parents about those things.

 

6.    Ensure that the LEA coordinates Title I parent involvement activities with other parental involvement activities, such as Head Start program, State-run preschools and private church-based daycare programs.

 

a.    Philadelphia Elementary School is provided coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary in planning and implementing effective parent involvement from the PPSD Federal Programs office.

 

b.    Philadelphia Elementary School will work together with State-run preschools, private daycare and Head Start program to provide support to school personnel and parents on increasing parental involvement and student achievement. Philadelphia Elementary School will work in collaboration with all parenting programs that exist within the community to provide information and resources to assist parents in ways to help their children improve in academic achievement.

 

c.     Philadelphia Elementary School personnel will coordinate with local Head Start Coordinators and Pre Kindergarten/Day Cares to facilitate a smooth transition for both parents and students from those programs to Philadelphia Elementary School.

 

d.    Philadelphia Elementary School will foster a two-way communication with community agencies to integrate services and provide optimal opportunities for students to benefit from all available services.

 

e.    Philadelphia Elementary School and Philadelphia Middle School personnel will collaborate in order to facilitate a smooth transition for both parents and students from Prekindergarten to elementary school and from elementary school to middle school. School personnel will recognize the need to transition students from grade level to grade level each year.

 

7.    Ensure that the LEA conducts with parents an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of Philadelphia Elementary School's parent involvement policy and assess how much parent involvement has increased and what barriers to parental participation need to be addressed.

 

a.    Parents are surveyed annually with a comprehensive needs assessment tool to determine that parent involvement needs are being met effectively and appropriately through the implementation of the LEA and Philadelphia Elementary School's parent involvement policy.

 

b.    Philadelphia Elementary School's Parent/Teacher Advisory Committee meets annually to review and approve the effectiveness of the LEA and Philadelphia Elementary School's parental involvement policy.

 

c.     Areas evaluated include identifying barriers to parent participation, such as low income, disabilities, limited literacy, LEP, homelessness, or other racial or ethnic considerations, and timely responses to parent complaints and recommendations.

 

8.    Ensure that the LEA uses findings of the evaluation to design strategies for school improvement or to revise the LEA policy.

During the Annual Philadelphia Elementary School Parent/Teacher Advisory Committee meeting, the findings of the evaluation will be used to develop strategies for school improvement or to revise Philadelphia Elementary School's parental involvement policies.

 

9.    Ensure that school wide parent conferences are scheduled to discuss student achievement. Additional conferences at Philadelphia Elementary School may be scheduled if necessary.

 

Philadelphia Elementary School shall jointly develop with parents of children served in the program a "School-Parent Compact" outlining the manner in which parents, school staff and students share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement in meeting state standards

 

a.    Parents will be advised of their children's progress on a regular basis.

b.    An annual parent conference day will be planned and implemented at Philadelphia Elementary School.

c.     Philadelphia Elementary School staff will require annual signatures on parent compacts. Compacts will be kept on file at school annually. These compacts will describe:

i.               Philadelphia Elementary School's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables students to meet the state performance standards.

ii.              The parent or guardian and student responsibilities for supporting the student's learning, such as monitoring attendance, discipline, homework completion, volunteering in the school environment, monitoring television watching, participating in educational decisions and encouraging positive use of extracurricular time.

 

iii.            Communication will be on-going between parent and teachers including parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, and reasonable access to staff.

 

 

10.  Philadelphia Elementary School will notify all parents if a child is assigned to, and has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. Additionally, parents must be notified whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

 

11. Philadelphia Elementary School will notify parents if their children are placed in a program for English Language Learners (ELL) or if the school is identified as needing improvement.

 

12. Philadelphia Elementary School will disseminate The State Level NCLB Report Card no later than October 15 annually through handouts at the school and conducting parent meetings at various times during the day and night to make the report card available.

 

Philadelphia Elementary School will provide opportunities for professional development and resources for staff and parent/community regarding effective parent involvement practices. The following are the roles and responsibilities for parents, staff and administration of the school, and the community. The roles and responsibilities will include:

 

1.    Parents of Philadelphia Elementary School

a.    Actively communicating with school staff;

b.    Being aware of rules and regulations of the school;

c.     Taking an active role in the child's education by reinforcing, the skills and knowledge the student has learned in school at home; and

d.    Utilizing opportunities for participation in school activities.

 

2.    Staff of Philadelphia Elementary School

a.    Developing and implementing a school plan for parent involvement;

b.    Promoting and encouraging parent involvement activities

c.     Effectively and actively communicating with all parents about skills, knowledge, and attributes students are learning in school and suggestions for reinforcement; and

d.    Sending information to parents of Title I children in a format and to the extent practicable in a language the parents can understand.

 

3.    Community of Philadelphia Elementary School

a.    Communicating  rules and regulations of the school; and

b.    Utilizing opportunities for participation in school activities.

 

4.    Administration of Philadelphia Elementary School

a.    Facilitating and implementing the Title I Parent Involvement policy and plan;

b.    Providing training and space for parent involvement activities;

c.     Providing resources to support successful parent involvement practices;

d.    Providing in-service education to staff regarding the value and use of contributions of parents on how to communicate with and work with parents as equal partners; and

e.    Sending information to parents of Title I children in a format to the extent practicable in a language the parents can understand.