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ARLINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, Paula Smith, do hereby certify that all facts, figures, and representations made in this application are true, correct, and consistent with the statement of assurances for these waivers. Furthermore, all applicable statutes, regulations, and procedures; administrative and programmatic requirements; and procedures for fiscal control and maintenance of records will be implemented to ensure proper accountability for the expenditure of funds on this project. All records necessary to substantiate these requirements will be available for review by appropriate state and federal staff. I further certify that all expenditures will be obligated on or after the effective date and prior to the termination date of the project. Disbursements will be reported only as appropriate to this project, and will not be used for matching funds on this or any special project, where prohibited.

Assurances

  • The school will be governed by the statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with the definition outlined in Section 9101(32), ESEA;
  • Involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A in decisions about how Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement are spent [Section 1118(b)(1) and (c)(3)];
  • Jointly develop/revise with parents the school parental involvement policy and distribute it to parents of participating children and make available the parental involvement plan to the local community [Section 1118 (b)(1)];
  • Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the school wide program plan under section 1114(b)(2) [Section 1118(c)(3)];
  • Use the findings of the parental involvement policy review to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the school’s parental involvement policy [Section 1118(a)(E)];
  • If the plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency [Section 1118(b)(4)];
  • Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the state assessment in at least mathematics, language arts, and reading [Section 1111(h)(6)(B)(i)];
  • Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in 34 CFR Section 200.56 [Section 1111(h)(6)(B)(ii)]; and
  • Provide each parent timely notice information regarding their right to request information on the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals [Section (h)(6)(A)].

 

Signature of Principal or Designee

Date Signed

 

Mission Statement

Parental Involvement Mission Statement (Optional)

Response: Arlington Elementary will enhance the education of students by providing support to their parents through resources, trainings and events to build collaboration between the school and the community. Every classroom. Every student. Every day.


Involvement of Parents

Describe how the school will involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner, in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs including involvement in the decisions regarding how funds for parental involvement will be used [Sections1118(c)(3), 1114(b)(2), and 1118(a)(2)(B)].

Response: At the Title I Annual Meeting at the beginning of the year, parents are enlightened by the opportunities and services provided due to Title I funding. There is collaboration at monthly meetings between various stakeholders. Parents are invited through newsletters, flyers and School Messenger phone system. Various groups such as PTA (All parents are invited to participate in PTA, including non-members), SAC , faculty and staff, to assess the progress in meeting parental needs. There is also an annual survey used from the end of the year to address comments mentioned by parents. Members of the group are selected by those in attendance to the annual meeting, we assure there is a cross section of varying levels to address needs. Information will be documented through the minutes of the meetings. After the exit slips are reviewed, needs of the parents will be addressed by their comments; if we are unable to provide support, we will direct them to the district opportunities available. At the end of the year, we will invite a select group of parents, such as our SAC, to review exit slips and surveys from the year, as well as suggestions on plan, budget and compact. The school PIP will be placed on the school website and hard copies made available upon request. Parents are informed and invited through school communication to participate in PTA/PIP events and SAC meetings.


Coordination and Integration

Describe how the school will coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities that teach parents how to help their children at home, to the extent feasible and appropriate, including but not limited to, other federal programs such as: Head Start, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, Title I, Part C, Title II, Title III, Title IV, and Title VI [Section 1118(e)(4)].

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Program

Coordination

1

Title I Pre-K Program

VPK program has monthly meetings with parents to address progress of individual needs and next steps of expectations of Pre-K standards in preparation of Kindergarten.

2

IDEA funds

IDEA funds are used for students with disabilities in our Inclusion program, where students with disabilities are incorporated in regular education classes with support of an ESE staff member. Parents are invited and involved in the collaborative process through MRT meetings to determine a plan for student success.


Annual Parent Meeting

Describe the specific steps the school will take to conduct an annual meeting designed to inform parents of participating children about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program (schoolwide or targeted assistance), Adequately Yearly Progress, school choice, supplemental educational services, and the rights of parents. Include timeline, persons responsible, and evidence the school will use to demonstrate the effectiveness of the activity [Section 1118(c)(1)].

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Activity/Tasks

Person Responsible

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Develop agenda & handouts/PowerPoint

Principal- Paula Smith

9/5/13

Exit survey

2

School Messenger-automatic phone calling system

Secretary- Anna Crews

9/3/13 -9/5/13

Report of contacted parents through system calls

3

Advertise/publicize event- (newsletter, flyers, marquee)

Principal /Teachers- Paula Smith, et al

8/19/13 – 9/5/13

Committee review

4

Develop sign-in sheets

Principal- Paula Smith

9/5/13

Committee review

5

Exit survey

Principal- Paula Smith

9/5/13

Committee review

6

Minutes

PTA/SAC Chair-Melissa Green

monthly meetings

Committee review


Flexible Parent Meetings

Describe how the school will offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services related to parental involvement [Section 1118(c)(2)].

Response: Throughout the year Parent Meetings are offered in the evening and as well during the afternoon, prior to dismissal. General meetings, such as Technology Night, are held in the evenings at 6 PM, allowing for time for parents to get off work; these are designed where students are supervised by others while parents are in the training sessions. Morning or afternoon meetings are held right after school starts so that the student are in class or prior to dismissal. Parent conferences are also held in during various time slots to meet parent needs, such as 8:00 before school, during school day during a resource time at 10:00 or after school at 3:15 to 3:30. Transportation and Child care are provided if feasible to support parent participation.


Building Capacity

Describe how the school will implement activities that will build the capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement [Section 1118(e)]. Describe the actions the school will take to provide materials and training to help parents work with their child to improve their child’s academic achievement [Section 1118(e)(2)]. Include information on how the school will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under Section 1118 as parents may request [Section 1118(e)(14)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Individual Parent Conference

Teachers - Various

Review of progress toward standards

September - June 2014

Anecdotal notes from teachers conference logs

2

Parental Compacts during individual conferences

Teachers - Various

Awareness of Parent Compacts Understanding of Title I policy/plan of school

September - May 2014

Annual Survey

3

Flyers for District Activities such as Parent Academy for parents and students

Principal/Support staff -- Paula Smith, Tiny Dennis

Aligns parents with specific strategies to assist students

Various times/2013-2014

Annual Survey

4

RtI Interventions

Teachers - Brooks, Yates, Baskin

Classroom interventions used weekly to support individual needs; also working with parents volunteers that pull individual students to close learning gaps

January 2014; April 2014

Parent Conferences

5

Assessments Results

Assistant Principal & Teachers - Shubert, et al

Awareness of the quarterly and annual assessments for Reading,

Nov. 2013; Feb 2014, May 2014

Informal feedback; sign-in sheets

6

Individual conferences / Face-to face meetings large group

Guidance Counselor - Kristy Scarborough

Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students

Quarterly 2013-2014

Annual Survey

7

Learning Strategies - Small groups

Principal/Reading & Math Coach

Basic strategies parents can do at home with their children

Nov 2012; January 2013

Exit Survey; sign-in sheets

8

Technology 101- Hands on computer access

Teachers/Assistant Principal- Paula Smith, Sanethette Shubert

Understand features of technology used in classroom and on-line to add support and monitor progress

October 24, 2013

Exit Survey; sign-in sheets

9

SAC/PTA Committee Meetings

Principal/SAC Chair/PTA President

Assessing Parental/Students needs

Monthly/2013-2014 school year

Minutes from Meeting

10

Math & Science Night; dissemination of material

Principal/Teachers/Assistant Principal- Shubert, Struska, Peterson, Waters & Yates

Academic progress of student in content areas; DCPS Looking Glass is online for parental access

May 22, 2014

Exit Survey at end of event; sign-in sheets

11

Night of the Arts

Principal/ Resource Teachers - Paula Smith, (Coleman, Palmer, Osborn, & Yanchik)

Education of the whole child - electives courses, Art, Music, Media Center, PE and Health

December 12, 2013

Exit Survey at end of event; sign-in sheets

12

Poetry/Literacy Night; dissemination of material

Reading Coach & Media Specialist - Jerrica Hall & Laura Palmer

Academic progress of student in content areas; DCPS Looking Glass is online for parental access

January 16, 2014

Exit Survey at end of event; sign-in sheets

13

Annual Title I Meeting that is face-to-face meeting/training session

Principal- Paula Smith

Review of school data trends, along with strength and weaknesses

9/5/13

Exit Survey at end of event; sign-in sheets


Staff Training

Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate the teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and schools [Section 1118(e)(3)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

During preplanning faculty and staff are receive training in parent communication and involvement

Principal /Assistant Principal- Smith & Shubert

Element of Parental support to impact student achievement

August 15, 2013

documentation of parent communication and involment through sign-ins and agendas

2

Review of procedures of school volunteers and interaction between staff and volunteer and students

Volunteer Coordinator- Tiny Dennis

Empowering Parents with regular communication

September 11, 2013

Feedback from minutes

3

Faculty committee to coordinate parent activities

Community Involvement Committee- Teachers

Parental needs to support student academics

Quarterly

Annual survey

4

Communicating and working with parents

Assistant Principal/School Counselor-Shubert & Scarborough

Provide teachers with a training module to improve the communication between home and the school

December 2013

Annual Survey


Other Activities

Describe the other activities, such as parent resource centers, the school will conduct to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children [Section 1118 (e)(4)].

Response: Parent Resource Room- open from 8 to 4 PM daily in room 20- resources are available at our school as well as at District Resource center at Gilbert Middle School; activities and strategies that they can do at home to connect what's done at school. Checkout procedures and feedback from parents of other options they would like to support their child(ren). Principal/Teachers will maintain room 20 and provide training to parents as needed; feedback from parents will determine needs for the next session. All documents such as sign-in logs, evaluations will be placed in the Title I Audit Box as evidence.


Communication

Describe how the school will provide parents of participating children the following [Section 1118(c)(4)]:

  • Timely information about the Title I programs [Section 1118(c)(4)(A)];
  • Description and explanation of the curriculum at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet [Section 1118(c)(4)(B)];
  • If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children[Section 1118(c)(4)(C)]; and
  • If the school wide program plan under Section 1114 (b)(2) is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will include submit the parents’ comments with the plan that will be made available to the local education agency [Section 1118(c)(5)].

Response: School Messenger phone system, monthly newsletter, along with flyer and marquee posting to notify parents of events. Additional information that the newsletter includes are meetings, opportunities for parent involvement, student accomplishments, character education themes, suggestions for developing character traits, and a reference calendar for each month. Information about the curriculum and proficiency levels expected for success in each of the subject areas are also presented at Open House, Technology 101 Night, and during parent conferences. Information is also posted throughout the campus in "hot spots" for parents viewing. School Messenger is automatic phone calling system that contacts parents in regards to upcoming events. Parents are notified 1 to 2 weeks prior to event with flyers. Parents are informed of student's progress through daily agendas/folders, progress reports and report cards. This information is also shared during parent conferences. Parents are always encouraged to meet with the teachers to formulate an academic plan for students who are not proficient on any of the standardized tests. In addition to the newsletter, parents will be notified of upcoming events via flyers and School Messenger. Parent Involvement Plan is made available through school website, summary portions added to monthly newsletter also copies made available by request. A copy is also available in main office for review.





Accessibility

Describe how the school will provide full opportunities for participation in parental involvement activities for all parents (including parents with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and migratory children). Include how the school plans to share information related to school and parent programs, meetings, school reports, and other activities in an understandable and uniform format and to the extent practical, in a language parents can understand [Section 1118(e)(5) and 1118(f)].

Response: Home language survey conducted at enrollment to assess needs of different language barriers; Parent conferences help with families of different languages are also identified, with a translator present to support parent. TransAct is also used to translate flyers, into languages such as Spanish or Arabic, and other information into various languages if needed. Copies of all notifications are kept in Title I Audit Box for monitoring purposes. Additional services are provided if necessary of any students/parents with disabilities.


Discretionary Activities

Discretionary School Level Parental Involvement Policy Components Check if the school does not plan to implement discretionary parental involvement activities. Check all activities the school plans to implement:

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Activity

Description of Implementation Strategy

Person Responsible

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

Timeline

1

Maximizing parental involvement and participation in their children’s education by arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school [Section 1118(e)(10)];

Parents are surveyed throughout the year to assess needs of timing of trainings; guidance counselor/teacher/social worker will also go to home if parents aren't accessible.

Assistant Principal/School Counselor (Shubert & Scarborough)

Parent empowerment assists in student development

quarterly

2

Developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities [Section 1118(e)(13)].

Volunteer coordinator and AUMC liaison work extensively together to coordinate volunteers with each classroom requesting support. Many come weekly to read to primary students and individual tutoring in reading and math in 3rd, 4th & 5th grades.

Volunteer coordinator/Teachers ( TIny Dennis)

Student growth in gains since individual support given to small groups

monthly


Upload Evidence of Input from Parents

Upload evidence of parent input in the development of the plan.

Uploaded Document


Upload Parent-School Compact

Note: As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy/plan, each school shall jointly develop, with parents for all children served under this part, a parent-school compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement Section 1118(d)].

Upload an electronic version of the Parent-School Compact.

Uploaded Document


Upload Evidence of Parent Involvement in Development of Parent-School Compact

Note: As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy/plan, each school shall jointly develop, with parents for all children served under this part, a parent-school compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement Section 1118(d)].

Upload evidence of parent input in the development of the compact.

Uploaded Document


Evaluation of the 2012-2013 Parental Involvement Plan

Building Capacity Summary

Provide a summary of activities provided during the 2012-2013 school year that were designed to build the capacity of parents to help their children [Section 1118 (e)(1-2)]. Include participation data on the Title I annual meeting.

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Content and Type of Activity

Number of Activities

Number of Participants

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

1

Annual Title I Meeting that is face-to-face meeting/training session

1

26

Review of school data trends, along with strength and weaknesses

2

Common Core State Standards

1

0

Full implementation in K - 2nd grades and blended model for 3rd - 5th; New grade level expectations required by state in 2014 for all students.

3

Literacy Night; dissemination of material

1

18

Academic progress of student in content areas; DCPS Looking Glass is online for parental access

4

FCAT 2.0 Night;dissemination of material

1

36

Alignment of New Generation Sunshine State Standards and Benchmarks

5

Math & Science Night; dissemination of material

1

41

Academic progress of student in content areas; DCPS Looking Glass is online for parental access

6

SAC/PTA Committee Meetings

8

10

Assessing Parental/Students needs

7

Technology 101- Hands on computer access

1

23

Understand features of technology used in classroom and on-line to add support and monitor progress

8

Individual conferences / Face-to face meetings large group

1

172

Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students

9

FAIR Assessments

4

254

Awareness of the quarterly and annual assessments for Reading,

10

RtI Interventions

8

32

Classroom interventions used weekly to support individual needs; also working with parents volunteers that pull individual students to close learning gaps

11

Flyers for District Activities such as Parent University or Young Writers Workshop for parents and students

32

254

Aligns parents with specific strategies to assist students

12

Parental Compacts during individual conferences

1

218

Awareness of Parent Compacts Understanding of Title I policy/plan of school


Staff Training Summary

Provide a summary of the professional development activities provided by the school during the 2012-2013 school year to educate staff on the value and utility of contributions of parents; how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners; the implementation and coordination of parent programs; and how to build ties between parents and the school [Section 1118 (e)(3)].

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Content and Type of Activity

Number of Activities

Number of Participants

Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

1

During preplanning faculty and staff are receive training in parent communication and involvement

1

23

Element of Parental support to impact student achievement

2

Review of proceedures of school volunteers and interaction between staff and volunteer and students

1

18

Empowering Parents with regular communcaition

3

Faculty committee to coordinate parent activities

6

6

Parental needs to support student academics

4

Communicating and workng with parents

8

141

Provide teachers with a training module to improve the communication between home and the school


Barriers

Describe the barriers that hindered participation by parents during the 2012-2013 school year in parental involvement activities. Include the steps the school will take during the 2012-2013 school year to overcome the barriers (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background) [Section 1118(a)(E)].

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Barrier (Including the Specific Subgroup)

Steps the School will Take to Overcome

1

Small number of parents in attendance (all subgroups)

Include student performance

2

Parents working during evening hours (all subgroups)

have meetings at a variety of times


Best Practices (Optional)

Describe the parental involvement activity/strategy the school implemented during the 2011-2012 school year that the school considers the most effective. This information may be shared with other LEAs and schools as a best practice. (Optional)

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Content/Purpose

Description of the Activity


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