Each LEA that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop a written parent and family engagement policy that establishes the program components for parental involvement. LEAs must develop this policy with the parents whose children receive Title I, Part A services; and have the policy approved by the board.
Parents must agree with the provisions of the policy. LEAs must make sure parents are aware of the policy and have access to a written version. If your LEA has an existing parent and family engagement policy that applies to all parents, it can be amended to meet Title I, Part A requirements.
School Level Plan, including The School-Parent Compact | The Annual Meeting
Each school that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop a written school parent and family engagement plan that describes 1) how the school will comply with the regulations that cover parent and family engagement in Section 1116 and 2) how school staff will work with parents to create a School-Parent Compact.
Participating schools must:
- Develop this plan in partnership with parents whose children receive Title I, Part A services
- Update this plan periodically or at least annually to meet the changing needs of parents and the school
- Distribute this plan to parents in participating Title I, Part A schools.
Strategies to distribute the School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Make sure parents have access to your school's parent and family engagement plan. For example, you could:
- Print the plan in your school handbook
- Provide hard copies for parent-teacher conferences, during open houses, and through a newsletter
- Distribute to parents at the start of the new school year
If your school has an existing parent and family engagement plan that applies to all parents, it is permissible to amend that plan to meet Title I, Part A requirements.
Strategies that Involve Parents in the Development of Your School's Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Collect parental feedback on your parent and family engagement. For example, surveys, comment boxes, emails, face-to-face conversation, parent conferences and Title I, Part A meetings provide opportunities to collect feedback.
Document parent and family engagement activities. Sign-in sheets from workshops, and meetings and conferences, meeting notes, school activity schedules, training and informational materials, and communications and brochures are just a few of the ways in which schools can track implementation of their parent and family engagement plan.
Documentation is essential for compliance
with Title I, Part A regulations and will be evaluated during Consolidated Program Review
Work closely with the parents of children who receive Title I, Part A services to create a School-Parent Compact as a component of your written parent and family engagement plan. This compact takes the form of a written agreement that identifies specific activities - shared responsibilities - that parents, school staff and students will carry out to improve academic achievement. The School-Parent Compact must also outline activities that build productive partnerships that help children reach the learning goals of state academic standards.
Essential Components of a School-Parent Compact
- School responsibility
- Provide high-quality curricula and instruction within a supportive and effective learning environment. The goal is to create the conditions under which children served by Title I, Part A programs can meet state standards.
- Parent responsibility
- Support learning. For example, parents should monitor attendance, make sure children complete homework assignments, impose limits on television time, create positive activities for extracurricular time, volunteer in their children's classroom and, where it makes sense, get involved with decisions that impact the education of children under their care.
Make sure your School-Parent Compact includes these important commitments related to communication and engagement:
- Parent-teacher conference
- Throughout the elementary grades, schedule at least one parent-teacher conference during the school year. Teachers and parents should discuss the compact relative to performance of the individual child.
- Frequent reports
- Make sure parents receive regular reports on the progress of their children.
- Reasonable access
- Parents must have reasonable access to school staff, opportunities to volunteer, as well as chances to observe and participate in class activities.
- Meaningful communication
- Two-way communication between student, family members and school staff is essential to building school-family partnerships. Make sure parents have the compact available in a language the parent can understand.
Schools must 1) invite all parents of children who received Title I, Part A services and 2) hold a meeting - at least once in a school year - during which parents learn about:
- Title I, Part A programs and services at your school.
- Requirements that govern this federal program.
- Parent's right to be involved with Title I, Part A programs and services.
Strategies to Increase Parent Participation in the Title I, Part A Meeting(s)
- Include a section in the school-level parent and family engagement plan describing how the school will have a meeting to inform participating parents about the Title I program.
- Involve Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO), participating parents in the design, delivery of the Title I meeting.
- Include parents, students, if possible, other key staff, or community partners in advertising the Title I meeting.
- Offer the meeting at a central location outside of school, such as community or faith-based organization or neighborhood center.
- Hold flexible number of Title I meetings at various times and in various formats.
- Develop an online annual Title I parent meeting training or information session. Deliver it via the school website by video or webcast.
- Develop or use OSPI's Title I parent brochure "What is Title I, Part A" to share with parents at the annual Title I parent meeting reference the brochure often and in other Title I parent meetings throughout the year.
- If the school already has a well-attended parent meeting, where there is a good representation of the Title I parents, use this meeting to inform parents of the Title I program.
- Work with other state and federal programs to coordinate meetings (parent-teacher conferences, open houses) to inform parents of the different programs - including Title I, Part A - offered at the school.
Preparation Tips and Templates for the Title I, Part A Program Meeting
Packet for Parents at a Title I, Part A Meeting
Information to include in your packet or goodie bag:
- Annual calendar
- Student handbook
- LEA report card
- Washington's proficiency standards
- Assessment and curriculum information
- Code of conduct/discipline rules
- LEA's and OSPI's Citizen Complaint Process
- Literacy, math, science resources
- Title I and LAP flyers such as What is Title I, Part A and Parents' Right to Know
- Other items parents can use to help their student at school or at home