IGBC - Title I/Parental Involvement
The Board recognizes that parent involvement is vital to achieve maximum educational growth for students participating in the district’s Title I program. Therefore, in compliance with federal law and Oregon Department of Education guidelines, the district shall meet with parents to provide information regarding their school’s participation in the Title I program and its requirements.
The Board directs the superintendent to ensure that such meetings are held annually and at a convenient time. All parents of participating students shall be invited to attend. Title I funds may be provided for transportation, child care, home visits or other parental involvement services, as appropriate. The superintendent shall ensure equivalence among schools in teachers, administration and other staff and in the provisions of curriculum materials and instructional supplies.
Parents shall be informed of their right to be involved in the development of the district’s parental involvement policy, Title I plans and school-parent compact.
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY
A parental involvement policy shall be developed jointly and agreed upon with parents of participating students. The district shall ensure:
- Involvement of parents in the joint development of the district's overall Title I plan and the process of school review and improvement;
- Coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance;
- Development of activities that promote the schools' and parents' capacity for strong parent involvement;
- Coordination and integration of parental involvement strategies with appropriate programs as provided by law;
- Involvement of parents in the annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the policy in improving the academic quality of schools served under Title I;
- Barriers to participation are identified and addressed to allow participation by parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy or are of any racial or ethnic minority;
- Findings of annual evaluations are used to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, the requirements of this policy;
- Parents are involved in the activities of schools served under Title I.
TITLE I PLAN
As a part of the district's overall Title I plan, the district shall facilitate effective involvement of parents by promoting activities that support a partnership among the school, parents and the community and that promote the improvement of student achievement. Building plans must be developed by participating district schools either individually or collectively. District schools:
- Shall provide assistance to parents of students served by the school in understanding such topics as the state's academic content standards and state student academic achievement standards, Title I plan requirements, state and local academic assessments and how to monitor a student's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their student;
- Shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their student to improve their student's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;
- Shall educate teachers, student services personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the importance of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and the school;
- Shall coordinate and integrate parent‑involvement programs and activities with Head Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, and other programs, to the extent feasible and appropriate;
- Shall ensure, to the extent possible, that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the homes of participating students in a format and in a language the parent can understand;
- May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.
- Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request consistent with Title I requirements.
A school‑parent compact shall be developed for each of the district's Title I schools. The compact must be given to each parent with evidence collected that parents were given information regarding the intent of the compact. The compact shall:
- Describe the school's responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables students to meet the state's student academic achievement standards;
- Describe the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their student's learning;
- Stress the importance of ongoing communication between teachers and parents through annual parent‑teacher conferences at the elementary school level.
The district shall, to the extent practicable, provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, parents of homeless students and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports will be provided in a format and language parents understand.
The district’s policy shall be adopted by the Board, reviewed annually and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school and distributed to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
The superintendent shall develop administrative regulations as necessary to implement this policy and meet the requirements of law.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. §§ 6311-6322 (2006).