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Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A wants to hear about the successes districts and schools are having in getting parents and families involved in their students’ education. This case study form is provided by the Title I, Part A and Learning Assistance (LAP) department at OSPI to gather descriptive information from K-12 schools on specific PFE strategies, e.g., larger LEA-wide initiatives or smaller projects involving one or more classrooms, that have helped to increase student academic outcomes.
Use the effective Parent and Family Engagement form for activities that were funded with federal or state dollars as well as projects that were supported by local or other funding sources.

OSPI staff will review and select stories to be highlighted in the PFE newsletter and on the Title I, Part A PFE website.

Featured Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)



Form Details LEA/School

Project Highlights

Demographic Highlights


Quillayute Valley

Multilingual Family Technology Trainings 

The district supported family engagement by checking out Chromebook and hotspots to families and funding a migrant family service advocate/home visitor to help families learn skills for using technology for communication and learning.

White 57.6%
Hispanic 24.7%
Two or more races 9.9%
Special Education 17.5%
Low-Income 54.7%
English Learners 6.9%

105  Grandview   Learning Kits The parent engagement learning kits are an alternative way to continue to support parents with their child's learning at home. Grandview School District schools have worked together in collaboration with all federal and state programs and community partners to put together Parent and Family Engagement learning kits to maximize learning supports and strengthen home-to-school connection and family engagement during distance learning.

Hispanic 92.8%
White 6.6%
English Learners 32%
Low-income 84.7%
Special Education 15.4%

189 Mount Vernon  Parent Academy  Each year Mount Vernon School District seeks feedback from parents and staff to refine and enhance the experience and ensure that it is meeting the needs of families. The Parent Academy model is six sessions of evening education classes taught to parents by parent teachers that instills leadership principles to families. Families are empowered to become advocates for themselves, their children, and their communities as they engage in conversations centered on student achievement and community engagement.

Hispanic 56.4%
White 37.2%
English Learners 76%
Low-income 62.8%
Special Education 15%



Form Details LEA/School

Project Highlights

Demographic Highlights



District wide activity 

'Ready! for Kindergarten' workshops target parents and caregivers of children birth to five. These workshops encourage and teach new strategies to families on how to be their child's first teacher. It focuses on 27 age level targets that parents or caregivers can easily use to track how their child is progressing before entering kindergarten. 

White 54.2%
Hispanic 33.6%
Two or more races 7.9%
Special Education 17.9%
Free and Reduced Priced Lunch 68.8%
English Learners 18.3%

121 Renton Renton High School In conjunction with the World Languages department, Renton High School planed a family night to bring students, staff and families together to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The school shared community resources, services and asked families for feedback on how well the school is meeting the needs of the students, how to improve services, and their student's dreams. 

1,200 students enrolled
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian 30.9%
Black/African American 23.7%
Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) 27.8%
White 9.3%

171 Omak  East Omak Elementary East Omak Elementary hosts an annual Leadership Day which showcases student success throughout the building. Typically 150 guest attend, most of them parents and several community leaders. The assembly is led by students, guests get to hear from students speakers discuss how they are meeting or working toward their personal and academic goals. Check out the videos from their Leadership Day in 2019 | 2018

American Indian and Alaskan Native 19%
Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) 27.3%
White 46%
English Learners 11%
Low income 77%

121 Highline  District Wide Family Action Committee (FAC) Superintendent Susan Enfield established a Family Action Committee (FAC), shortly after her arrival in Highline. FAC has been active for 7 years and meets quarterly. The committee has parent/family representatives from across the school district who reflect broader Highline community racially, ethically, and socioeconomically. Representation includes all school levels, multiple languages, and special programs (Special Education, English Learners, McKinney Vento, etc.)

Asian 14.6%
Black/African American 14.6%
Hispanic 38.9%
Two or more races 6.1%
White 20.9%
Low-income 68.9%
English Learners 28.8%

101 Spokane Logan Elementary

The “Parents as Partners” project has evolved to provide parents with a more complete picture of what school looks like at Logan and how they can support their student(s) as partners with us in promoting positive school culture and academic success.

  • Interactive sessions for students and parents included technology for learning, celebrating Read Across America in the library, hands on science activities, and math interactive learning.
  • Parent only sessions included accessing family resources/housing, internet safety, promoting early literacy, supporting reading in the middle grades, and transition strategies for middle school.

English Learners 12.9%
Low Income 90%
Homeless 11.2%
Students with Disabilities 20.8%
Hispanic/Latino 17.7%
Black/African American 6.4%
White 50.6%



101  Spokane   OnTrack Academy  

On Track Academy provides a personalized, successful school option for students who have not found success, academically and/or in social/emotional areas in the comprehensive high schools. Our vision is to prepare our students for “What’s Next” in their lives through a customized learning environment. In order to do it, we needed to partner with our students and their caregivers. We formalized our commitment to students and their families by creating a School-Parent Compact

Hispanic 12.2%
White 66%
Low-Income 71.7%
Homeless 14.9%
Students with Disabilities 9.9%


113  Tumwater  Peter G. Schmidt Elementary  

“Sail into Summer” is a carnival-style family Literacy night the week before school is out.  Families experience major book giveaways of gently used books, summer reading sign-up with the city library reps, a variety of reading logs to use with summer reading, community booths related to book character and reading experiences, free raffles, games and snow cones! 

Hispanic/Latino 13.2%
Two or More Races 12.9%
White 69%
English Learners 3.2%
Low Income 42.2%
Students with Disabilities 11.8%
123 Walla Walla District Wide Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup  

Transitional Kindergarten will start in the fall, so Walla Walla is extending outreach to preschool families through the Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup.  Families will have the opportunity to pick up enrollment information, meet school staff, learn about educational opportunities and find resources from community partners and organizations. Everything at this event is geared around supporting families, early learners and students and families new to kindergarten, all in a one-stop-shop.


Birth to Kindergarten
3,400 children under age 5 in Walla Walla County.
63% of young children are cared for at home or with a family, friend, or neighbor.
428 children in Kindergarten (247/58% qualify for free and reduced lunch).




Form Details LEA/School

Project Highlights

Demographic Highlights



Pope Elementary

For the Love of Reading– The activity's goal was to increase access to literature, literacy activities, share instructional strategies that families could take home to continue the learning and strengthen the home to school partnership.

White 66.1%
Hispanic 16.3%
Two or more races 11%
Special Education 11.5%
Free and Reduced Priced Lunch 30%
English Learners 5%



Arlington Public Schools

The Books on the Bus (bookmobile) project is designed as a way to bring literacy to Arlington students throughout the summer months.

Approximately 5,500 students
31.4% Free and Reduce Lunch
3 Title I Schools



Lincoln High School

Senior Family Night – an opportunity for parents to come listen to college representatives, college advisors, teachers, counselor and principal about graduation requirements and scholarship opportunities.

Enrollment: 1446 2017 Graduation Rate: 83.4%
Free and Reduced Price Lunch Rate: 70.82%
Special Education: 13.2%



AJ West Elementary

The Be a Hero at Home family engagement initiative is designed to involve families in literacy improvement efforts. Bilingual books, activities, non-fiction high-interest readers are sent home to promote language and literacy at home.

406 students
68.5% are Low Income
18.2% are English Learnings
20.0% students w/disabilities
2.2% are Migrant



Selah School District

Selah School District's Home Visiting Migrant Summer School includes a strong family engagement component. The goal of the program is to increase the academic skills of migrant students by modeling traditional games, technology and classroom activities that can be used by parents and caregivers to create a home learning environment that is fun and aligned with state learning standards.

3742 students
47% are Low Income
8.6% are English Learnings
13.6% students w/disabilities
2.7% are Migrant



Baker Middle School

​The Winter Festival event at Baker Middle School provided art projects, community resources, DJ, food, and a literacy table that focused on ways to support independent reading at home.  This event is focus on celebration, community building, and engaging more families.  The event partnered with multiple community resources – Tacoma Public Housing, Family Behavioral Health, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the local YMCA.

741 students
16.7% Asian
18.2% Black/African American
24.8% White
12.2% English Learners
72.5% Low Income



Form Details LEA/School

Project Highlights

Demographic Highlights



Nespelem Elementary

Parent Literacy Night–Carnival Style

Native American 100%



Virginia Grainger Elementary

Book Fairs with Librarian. Family Math Night with Student Art, and Literacy Night




Kennewick School District

The Kennewick School District helps its schools spread best practices and share their fabulous family and community engagement ideas with a publication called “Tried and True: A selection of best practices to boost student achievement through school, family, and community partnerships”. The booklet is divided into four goals:

  1. Academic Goals–Math, Reading, Science, Other
  2. Behavior Goals
  3. Climate of Partnership Goals
  4. District Level Goals

Ten Title 1 schools. Free and Reduced Priced Lunch 52%
Latino 36%
Bilingual 15.5%



Benson Hill Elementary

Community Cafés–includes an English Learner Café–are typically parent hosted gatherings where participants contribute to guided conversations relevant to their own community.

Free and Reduce Priced Lunch 48%
English Learners 26%



Sultan Elementary

An evening opportunity for families and community members to celebrate literacy while engaging all ages and demographics in learning and exploring together.

Free and Reduced Priced Lunch 54%
Over 560 students. English Learners 10%
Hispanic 20%
White 70%


Union Gap

Union Gap School

Earth Day/Science Parent and Family Night. The 6th grade Science class demonstrates 15 to 20 of their projects in the gym.

Hispanic 78.7%
White 16.7%
Native American/Alaska Native 1.7%
Free and Reduced Priced Lunch 90.5%
English Learners 30.9%

Learn From Our Own Webinar Series

Learn From Our Own webinar series is the sharing of ideas between colleagues and coming together to learn from your peers about the challenges and successes with Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) strategy implementation. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) present one or more remote/onsite practices at the school or LEA level. This project is a collaboration between Title I, Part A, the Learning Assistance Program and the Bilingual and Migrant education program.  

Do you have a strategy you would like to share and would like to be one of our presenters? Please contact us at Title 1

ESD Webinar Topic Webinar Description
123 Kennewick 'Going Virtual'
  • Creating Short Video Tutorials for Parents
  • Informing Principals of Parent and Family Engagement Requirements (PFE)
105 West Valley Yakima 'Protective Factors'
  • Learn about the importance of protective factors to strengthen families and the importance of culture when doing this work. At the end of this session you will understand the framework and the strategies and how making small but significant changes will strengthen families. Companion handout.
105 Grandview 'Mitigatig Learning Loss with Summer Programs' 
  • This session focuses on the importance of summer programming to address the unique needs of students K-12: academic acceleration of learning, social emotional learning, student leadership and physical activities to promote an integrated approach to address the whole child during summer programs. Power Point and handouts folder in Google docs
121 Steilacoom Historical 'Activating Effective Virtual Outreach Strategies With Families' 
  • Family Academy is a virtual family outreach strategy that focuses on the intersection of social emotional health and academics.  At the end of this session you will understand the strategies that SHSD used to develop their program, learn what has worked, what hasn’t, and what challenges are still being addressed. Power Point
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