Building Capacity for Involvement
Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:
- Providing parents/caregivers members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as the school board’s Title I Parent Advisory Committee, School Improvement Planning Team, and the PTA.
- Engaging parent/caregiver input when developing the School Improvement Plan (SIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact and plans for use of Title I family engagement funding.
- Seeking feedback from families on programs within the Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for parents/caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.
- Inviting family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events to build collective ownership, such as book fairs, International Nights, movie nights, and fun fairs.
- Providing opportunities for parents/caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as room parents, library helpers, clinic and cafeteria helpers.
- Encouraging families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify barriers to greater family participation, ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning, and strategies to support successful school and family interactions.
Effective Communication with Parents
Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:
- Using multiple methods of communication to parents/caregivers such as Keep in Touch for emergencies, News You Choose email messages, monthly parent newsletter, weekly Friday Communication folders, school memos, event flyers, and the BES website which contains a variety of information for students and parents/caregivers.
- Encouraging all parents/caregivers to attend an annual meeting on Back to School Night to share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school. Shares school and student performance data with parents/caregivers in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, during Parent-Teacher conferences and quarterly grade level newsletters sent home to parents/caregivers.
- Providing opportunities throughout the year for parents/caregivers to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning by providing parents/caregivers with a variety of workshops that focus on Tier I core instruction in the areas of reading, math, and science. Additionally, parents/caregivers can participate in BES daytime/evening workshops that provide them with information regarding their child’s progress report, interim, iReady Universal Screener, and other student data reports such as the NNAT, CoGAT, WIDA, and SOLs. Providing parents/caregivers with this information allows them to better understand where their child is performing academically, as well as understand the data points that schools/VA State use to assess their child. Additionally, ongoing feedback on student progress is provided through quarterly interims and quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth, as well as two annual Parent-Teacher conferences.
- Maintaining our Braddock website with an abundance of resources for parents/caregivers to include, but not limited to: Grade level academic quarterly overviews, grade level newsletters, student approved academic websites, student-teacher videos, etc.