• George Washington Elementary School Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Plan 2017-2018

                            

     

    I, Tangia Anderson, 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 parent and family engagement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with the definition outlined in Section 9101(32), ESEA;
    • Engage the parents and family of children served in Title I, Part A in decisions about how Title I, Part A funds reserved for family engagement are spent [Section 1118(b)(1) and (c)(3)];
    • Jointly develop/revise with the family that has custodianship of the student the school parent and family engagement policy and distribute it to parents of participating children and make available the parent and family engagement plan to the local community [Section 1118 (b)(1)];
    • Engage parents and family, 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 parent and family engagement 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 parent and family engagement policy review to design strategies for more effective parent and family engagement, and to revise, if necessary, the school’s parent and family engagement policy [Section 1118(a)(E)];
    • If the plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112, is not satisfactory to the parents and family of participating children, the school will submit parent and family comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency [Section 1118(b)(4)];
    • Provide to each parent and family 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 and family 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 and family 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  

    Date Signed

     

     

     

     

    Involvement of Family

    How the school involves the parents and families in an organized, ongoing and timely manner, in the planning, reviewing and improvement of Title I programs including involvement in decision making of how funds for Title I will be used? [ESEA Section 1116]

    Parent support is solicited through face to face invites during assemblies and school events such as Open House, SAC, and also through parent notices home. When a meeting is scheduled, the school will send flyers home with RSVP information for parents to return. The school will follow up using the school messenger automated calling system. We will post parent involvement activities on the school’s website and marquee, and in the school newsletter. After each meeting, parents will complete an exit ticket or survey to provide feedback on the event/activities. The information will be used to make adjustments as needed.

    Coordination and Integration with Other Programs

    How the school coordinates and integrates Parent and Family Engagement programs and activities with other Programs?

     

    Choose all that apply

    Program

    Coordination

     

     

     

    IDEA (Students with Disabilities

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Title I seeks to educate families on how to work with students falling under IDEA at home to be successful in the classroom and give families strategies for providing a safe environment.

    During IEP and MRT meetings, parents are provided information regarding instructional and behavioral strategies to use at home with their child.

     

     

     

    VPK

    The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program is a free prekindergarten program for 4 and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida. Title I seeks to educate families on how to work with VPK students at home in order to help them be ready for kindergarten. Title I also seeks to help families with new school-aged children adjust to their new parenting roles.

    The district uses the VPK and Title I Pre-K program to make certain all students receive an adequate educational foundation to ensure success in school

     

     

     

    Title I, Part D

    The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk. Title I seeks to provide training and resources to families to help their children be successful in school, graduate on time, and become college and career ready. Title I also seeks to furnish families with strategies for a safe environment.

     

     

     

     

    Title IX, Part A

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act authorizes the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and is the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Title I seeks to provide families with resources and training on how to help their children be academically and behaviorally successful in school.

     

     

     

    Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI)

    This “super categorical” is a fund created to assist districts in providing supplemental instruction to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Title I seeks to provide training and resources to families to help their children be successful in school, graduate on time, and become college and career ready.

     

     

     

    Violence Prevention Programs

    Primary Youth Violence Prevention Programs focus on utilizing a positive youth development approach, target youth at high risk for violence but who are not necessarily engaging in violence yet and would include programming considered “primary prevention”. Title I seeks to provide families with resources and training on how to help their children be academically and behaviorally successful in school.

     

     

     

    Title II

    The purpose to provide grants to State agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships to increase student academic achievement. This is done by increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. Title I seeks to provide the tools and education necessary to families so that they can work hand-in-hand with the highly qualified school staff to help their children be successful academically and behaviorally in school.

    The district provides additional funding for educational services, materials, and supplies for educational software, hardware and additional technology supplies

     

     

     

    Parent Academy

    Free Parent Academy courses are offered in schools, libraries, community centers and faith-based institutions. The Parent Academy's focus is in three strands: Student Achievement, Parenting & Advocacy, and Personal & Individual Growth. Whereas the Parent Academy offers courses to parents that span over a longer time, Title I educates and provides resources to the family that range from one time workshops to programs over the entire school year. Information regarding Parent Academy Courses is stationed in the Parent Resource Center. Information is shared in the school newsletter and during school events.

    How the school coordinates and integrates parent and family activities that teach parents how to help their child(ren) at home? [ESEA Section 1116]

    Parent workshops will be offered throughout the year to provide parents with opportunities to learn researched based strategies to use with their children in order to increase student achievement.

     

     

    Annual Family Meeting

    A brief description of the specific steps your school will take to conduct the annual meeting to inform parents and families of participating children about the school’s Title I program?

    The steps that we will take to conduct the Annual Meeting: Develop agendas, handouts and power points that will be used during the presentation. Create the school based notification and advertisement plan of action that will include making, assembling, and distributing the notification to the families. Develop sign in sheets to use during the meeting to capture the attendance. Conduct the Annual Title I Parent Involvement meeting to review previous Title I Plan.

     

     

     

     

     

    A description of the nature of the Title I program that is shared with parents (school wide or targeted assistance)?

    The description of the Title I program that we present to the parents aligns with the basic functions of Title I. It provides educational opportunities to supplement our students’ education using various educational resources and opportunities to present educational workshops for teachers, families and students to enhance student’s education.

     

     

    A description of how the meeting will cover adequate yearly progress (AYP), school choice, and the rights of parents are covered at the annual meeting?

    During the meeting, we will review AYP, school choice and the rights of parents.  This gives us an opportunity to inform parents of their rights as a parent in choosing the right schools for their children based on the school history, culture and data.

     

     

    Flexible Family  Meetings

    How will the school offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meeting in the morning or evening? Check all that apply.

     

    ☐     AM Sessions at different times

     

    ☐     PM Sessions at different times

     

    ☒     AM & PM Sessions (Meetings offered at different times on the same day, same content)

    We will provide 2 or more parent meetings/events each month. Meeting times will be between 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and quarterly on Saturdays between the hours of 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

     

    How will the school provide, with Title I funds, transportation, childcare or home visits as such services relate to parent and family engagement?

    A portion of the parent involvement funds will be used to provide child care services during scheduled events.

     

    Building Capacity

    How the school will implement activities that will build the capacity for meaningful parent and family engagement? (Reflect on the planning process.)

     

    We will invite parents out to school wide events to build a foundation with families. We will share volunteer opportunities with the parent, so that they are aware of the many ways that they can volunteer in the school. Partner with as many local businesses that will allow us an opportunity to help support our school and family needs.

     

    How will the school implement activities that will build relationship with the community to improve student achievement?

    We will host school wide events that encourage community involvement and support from the community. We will enlist local business partners to support school based activities and help establish an incentive program that encourages students.

     

     

    How the school will provide materials and trainings to assist parents or families to work with their child(ren)?

    Parent Family Resource Center located in the front office where parents can access (check out) materials to use as supplemental resources when working at home with their children. (books, tablets, games etc.)

    Parent Nights: during Parent nights, information will be shared that gives them strategies they can use with their child.

     

     

     

    How the school will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities? (opportunities for volunteering, chew and chat, etc.) [ESEA Section 1116]

    Throughout the year we will host events that offer parents the opportunity to engage in student learning activities that promote student learning activities that parents can do with their children at home.  Families will be invited out to volunteer time and service during school hours.

     

     

    Parent and Family Engagements Events:

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    Name of Activity

    Person Responsible

    Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

    Timeline

    Evidence of Effectiveness

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    Literacy Night

    Reading Interventionists

    Understanding literacy standards/ reading  strategies

    11/2017-12/2017

    Agenda, Sign-in Sheet, Event Evaluation

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    Math Night

    Math Coach

    Increase student understandings of Math standards/ problems solving strategies

    12/2017 – 01/2018

    Agenda, Sign-in Sheet, Event Evaluation

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    Science Night

    Math Coach/Media Specialist

    Increase students understanding of specific Science Standards.

    12/17-3/18

    Agenda, Sign-in Sheet, Event Evaluation

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    Dads and Donuts

    Principal

    Positive self-development

    District Initiative

    Sign in Sheet,

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    Muffins for Moms

    Administration/

    Parent/Family Engagement Team

    Positive self-development

    02/2018 – 3/2018

    Sign in sheet

    Event Vvaluation

    6

    Real Men Read

    Reading Interventionists

    Increase reading awareness

    03/2018-05/2018

    Sign-in sheet, invite, Activity Plan

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    Real Women Read

    Reading Interventionists

    Increase reading awareness

    03/2018-05/2018

    Sign in sheet, invite, Activity Plan

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    FSA Strategy Night

    Grade Level Teachers 3-5

    Educate parents about test expectations/ Educate student about test taking strategies.

    01/2018

    Agenda, Sign-in sheet, Event Evaluation

    9

    SAC Meetings

    Mrs. Reyes

    Collaboration between school, parents, and community members in improving instruction and school culture.

    Monthly

    The last Thursday of the month.

    Agenda, Invite, Sign in sheet, meeting minutes

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    Other School wide Activities:

    How other activities such as the family resource center, the school will conduct encourage and support parents and families in more meaningful engagement in the education of their child(ren)?

     George Washington Carver has a Title I Parent Resource Center located in the main office for parent use. This area provides computer, internet, light printing and copying, fax access, and information on various services made available to parents. The parent Resource Center is open during school hours Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will also work to recruit parent mentors and volunteers to participate in school related activities, by offering incentives to parents and students that participate.

     

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    Name of Activity

    Person Responsible

    Anticipated Impact on Student Achievement

    Timeline

    Evidence of Effectiveness

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    Thanksgiving Family Luncheon

    Ms. King

    Provides a positive environment and boost student social development

    11/2017

    Students will return luncheon forms

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    Staff Development

    Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders and other staff on the assistance of parents and families and in the value of their contributions.

     

    We will work to provide workshops for our school staff to help all stakeholders engage in a partnership that supports parents and families’ engagement and improving school-community culture. Possible topics may include: Communicating with Parents/Families: Strategies for Teachers, Building Parent-Teacher Relationships (earning trust and getting support), and other issues that we find are important to improve Family Engagement. After every Family Engagement Activity, we will use the data collected via survey, evaluations so that we ensure parents and families voices are being heard.

    Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, other school leaders and other staff on how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents and families as equal partners.

    We will work to provide workshops for our school staff to help all stakeholders engage in a partnership that supports parents and families’ engagement and improving school-community culture. Possible topics may include: Communicating with Parents/Families: Strategies for Teachers, Building Parent-Teacher Relationships (earning trust and getting support), and other issues that we find are important to improve Family Engagement. After every Family Engagement Activity, we will use the data collected via survey, evaluations so that we ensure parents and families voices are being heard.

    Describe the professional development activities the school will provide to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders and other staff on implementing and coordinating parent and family programs and building ties between parents and families and the school. [ESEA Section 1116]

    Using district personnel from Parent Academy when available, we will provide workshops for our school staff to help all stakeholders engage in a partnership that supports parents and families’ engagement and improving school-community culture. Possible topics may include: Communicating with Parents/Families: Strategies for Teachers, Building Parent-Teacher Relationships (earning trust and getting support), and other issues that we find are important to improve Family Engagement. After every Family Engagement Activity, we will use the data collected via survey, evaluations so that we ensure parents and families voices are being heard. Possible activities: Math Night, Literacy Night, and Science Night. These activities will allow parents to engage in student led and teacher led activities to help parents build an understanding of how to help their child at home. This would also afford parents an opportunity to build relationships with teachers and school personnel.

    Communication

    How the school will provide timely information about the Title I program and activities?

     

    Newsletters

    Flyers

    School Messenger

    Classroom Dojo

    *Facebook

     

    How the school will describe and explain the curriculum at the school, the forms of assessment used to measure student progress and the achievement levels students are expected to obtain?

    We will host various family nights where we discuss the curriculum and assessments that we use in the district as well as the state assessments.  During these family nights’ presentations will take place that highlight blended learning and tools used to progress monitor student achievements. Parents will be informed about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the curriculum used by our school and the district. Parents will be informed about the assessments that students will take via website links, flyers, and parent notices sent home explaining the assessment type and the date of the assessments. Additional information in regards to class and district assessments will be communicated to the parents via student agendas and student communication folders sent home on Tuesday. The goal this year to ensure parents/guardians are aware and understand the current district curriculum and assessment systems used to create academic profiles for their children. This would allow parents to gather information that they could use to support the schools in helping increase ours students’ academic success.

    How, if requested by parents, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate, as appropriate, in decision relating to the education of their child(ren)?

    During all school events and meetings ideas are solicited from parents/guardians to encourage family input on the educational needs of our students and family support needed to ensure our students achieve academic success. Teachers will communicate with parents through progress reports and academic notices which will indicate grade level expectations for performance based on the District Pupil Progression Plan. Parents and teachers will schedule by request before school, during or after school, meetings to discuss student academic and behavioral progress, or concerns regarding potential evidence of learning disabilities and the need for Individual Education Plans(IEP), 504 Plans, or Progress Monitoring Plans(PMP)

     

    Progress Reports will be sent home in accordance with district timelines, as well as having parents to access the Parent Portal located on the Duval County Public Website.

     

     

    How the school will submit parents’ and families’ comments to the LEA if the school-wide plan is not satisfactory to them? [ESEA Section 1116]

    Using survey format, we will collect qualitative and quantitative data from parents at the listed events to gather feedback from each event. This will give us a chance to improve after each event and continue to value family input.

    Every effort will be made to send all communication for school related activities two weeks in advance of the event. We will use the school Marque in front of the school, information sent home via flyer/newsletter/school messenger and through SAC and PTA meetings.  

     

     

    Accessibility

    A description of how the school will provide full opportunities for participating in parent and family engagement activities for all parents and families?

    All family nights will include mini parent support workshops that are designed to empower parents with tips and techniques aligned to the students’ daily instruction that they would be able to use with their children at home. All parents will have full accessibility to participate in parent involvement activities regardless of race, gender disability, color, or creed. All information regarding meetings will be presented in the language best suitable for parent and household to ensure collaborations and support.

     

     

    A description of how the school will share information related to school and parent and family programs, meeting, school reports and other activities in an understandable, uniform format and in languages that the parents and families can understand?

    Upon request, parents needing assistance with understanding or reading information, such as: meeting notices, school activity notices, and school reports can contact Sariah Deligar-Howard or Natasha Clark, ESOL Liaison, at our school for help.  They will contact the district ESOL office for a translator and for strategies/techniques that would best support the parents understanding of the information sent home from school.

     

     

     

    Barriers

    A description of the barriers that hindered participation by parents during the previous school year?  Parent/School Communication (notification in a timely manner)

    Parent Availability

    Parental Support

     

     

    A description of the steps the school will take during the upcoming school year to overcome the barriers (with particular attention paid to parents and families of migratory children)? [ESEA Section 1116}

     

    Parent/school communication: consistently follow our plan of notifying parents.(Flyers, School Messenger, School sign in front of school,)

    Parent Availability to participate: Continue to offer flexible times for events and meetings.

    Parental Support: Host parent workshops and meetings that include other programs/activities (performances/academic nights) to encourage parents to come out and support their child inclusion in the activities.