GRACEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Plan

I, James H. Sims , 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 schoolwide 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)];
  • Inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) in Florida, i.e., PIRC of Family Network on Disabilities in Florida (FND) and PIRC at University of South Florida (USF) [Section 1118(g)];
  • 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: Our mission is to facilitate optimal learning to meet individual needs that will enable studens to be productive, successful members of a Global Society.


Review Rubric:
Mission statements are written concisely, free of jargon, and parent-friendly and inspire stakeholders to be involved and supportive of the program. Strong mission statements include:

·  Explanation of the purpose of the parental involvement program;

·  Description of what will be done; and

·  Description of the beliefs or value of the LEA.

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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: The School Advisory Council will be the primary way of fulfilling the requirements of Title I. This is the parental voice of the school with parent representatives as required by State Statute. The group will meet four times each year and discuss, review, revise, and approve the following:



Review of the student/schools achievement on FCAT (First meeting and also done in Title I Annual Meeting, students through reports and parent conferences)



Review of student/school achievement on other benchmark assessments; i.e. ThinkLink and JCPA (First Meeting and Title I Annual Meeting, each time the assessment is given)



Dissemination of the School-wide Program Plan- This is a combination of your Comprehensive Needs Assessment



School/District Accountability Report Card- KIA-1- inclusion of parents in the decisions on how to spend the schools' parental involvement allocation. Parents should be say yes or no to the communication folders that most of our schools buy.



School Parent Involvement Policy/Plan.



Notification of resources available through the State Parent Information and Resource Centers.



Parents Right to Know



Notification of students receiving instruction from a non-qualified teacher after 20 consecutive days.





Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the group responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the plans;
  • Description of the procedures for selecting members of the group;
  • Explanation of how the input from parents will be documented; and
  • Description of the process and involvement of parents in the development of required plans; and
  • Includes 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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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

Head Start/Early Childhood

Combine efforts of title I and Head Start to inform parents of Title I Components by including personnel and parents from Head Start, VPK, and Early Childhood Programs in the School Advisory Council.

2

ESE

Parent Involvement activities are coordinated by including input from parents of ESE students and working in close collaboration with ESE Office to meet the unique and special needs of students with varying exceptionalities. The individual and unique needs of students are included in planning activities.

3

Homelessness

The school and the homeless liaison work closely to ensure the needs of parents and students are meet through parental involvement activities and additional academics. The administration, guidance counselor and Homeless Liason communicate on an as needed basis to provide appropriate services.

4

Title I, Part C Migrant

PAEC and the school coordinate with translation services and recruitment of parents to be involved in the school activities.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the specific federal programs; and
  • Description of how the programs will be coordinated.

 

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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

Open House

Principal James H. Sims

August, 2010

Parents will sign in to verify attendance

2

Title I Annual Meeting with District Title I Coordinator

Michael Kilts, James H. Sims

August, 2010

Parents will sign in to verify attendance


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of specific activities or tasks;
  • Identification of the person(s) responsible for completing the task;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines; and
  • Description of the evidence the school will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task.

 

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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: Parent Education Night will be held to help parents better understand the Next Generation Standards for math. Consultant, Linda Walker will present the new standards and help parents develop strategies to improve their child's math skills.



Book Fair with parent events


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Description of the process the school will use to ensure that workshops/meetings are offered at a flexible times; and
  • Specific examples of the flexible schedule offered to parents.

 

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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

Correlation to Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Building Better Writiers

Fourth Grade Teachers

Improving Writing Skill

January, 2012

FCAT Writing Scores/AYP

2

Math Night

Linda Walker

Better understanding of Next Generation Math Standards

October, 2012

FCAT Math Scores/AYP

3

PTO

Chris King

Providing necessary supplies and materials for student growth

2011-2012

FCAT Scores/AYP

4

SACS

Kaye Johnson

School Improvement

2011-2012

FCAT Scores/AYP


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Description of the content and type of activity including the following: o the state’s academic content standards and state student academic achievement standards, state and local assessments including alternative assessments, parental involvement requirements of Section 1118, and how to monitor their child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their child;
  • Identification of the person(s) responsible;
  • Correlation to student academic achievement;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines; and
  • Description of the evidence the LEA will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task

 

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Staff Training

Describe the training 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

Correlation to Student Achievement

Timeline

Evidence of Effectiveness

1

Effective Communication with Parents

Principal

Information and materials will be shared with teachers to increase skills in effective communication with parents

Ongoing

Teachers will document a follow up activity

2

Book Study "A Framework for Understanding Poverty"

Principal

Information

January, 2012

Teachers will document a follow up activity


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Content and type of activity including the following:Value of parental involvement, Communicating and working with parents,Implementation and coordination of parental involvement program, and Building ties between home and school;
  • Identification of person(s) responsible;
  • Correlation to student academic achievement;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines; and
  • Description of the evidence the LEA will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task.

 

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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: PTO Meetings

Pinnacle Gradebook Training for Parents



Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the type of activity;
  • Specific steps necessary to implement this activity;
  • Person(s) responsible;
  • Timeline; and
  • Description of the evidence the school will use to demonstrate the effectiveness and/or completion of the activity/task.

 

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Communication

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

  • 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 schoolwide program plan under Section 1114 (b)(2) is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will also submit the parents’ comments on the plan that will be available to the local education agency [Section 1118(c)(5)].

Response: Annual Title I Parent meeting: informatioin about Title I, information about assessments (FCAT, ThinkLink, JCPA), what Title I will be providing for the school, information on parent involvement strategies



Parent Involvement Policy: Discussed in School Advisory Council Meeting and Title I Annual Meeting



Website: Parent Resources including: Title I School-wide Program Plan, District Parent involvement Policy, School Parent Involvement Policy, Pinnacle Access, School/District Public Accountability Report



Math Nights: Information about Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Math



Parent/Teacher Conferences



Student Progress Reports



ThinkLink Assessment: Schools benchmark assessment for math and reading



FAIR: Schools benchmark assessment for reading



Pinnacle: Gradebook system with parent portal for viewing student grades and attendance



Parent Surveys: Conducted at the end of the school year for parents to give feedback on Title I programs and parent involvement activities.





Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Process for providing information to parents;
  • Dissemination methods;
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines for specific parent notifications; and
  • Description of how the school will monitor that the information was provided.

 

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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: The school's ELL studets are predominantly Spanish speaking students. A website is used to translate documents into other languages, as appropriate.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Process the school will use for translating information into a parent’s native language;
  • Description of how the school will ensure that parents with disabilities will have access to parental involvement activities and/or services;
  • Description of how the school will ensure that information is available to parents considering the fluctuating student populations;
  • Specific languages that information will be provided; and
  • Process the school will use to monitor that schools provide information to parents in a language they can understand, if feasible.

 

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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:

X Not Applicable


 


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of the activity which may include the following:
  • Involving parents in the development of staff training, providing literacy training, paying reasonable and necessary expenses to conduct parental involvement activities, training parents to help other parents, adopting and implementing model parental involvement programs, organizing a local education agency parent advisory council, and/or developing roles for community organizations and/or business in parental involvement activities;
  • Description of the implementation strategy;
  • Identification of person(s) responsible;
  • Correlation to student academic achievement; and
  • Reasonable and realistic timelines.

 

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Upload Evidence of Input from Parents

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


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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.


Review Rubric:
School-Parent Compact must include the following components:

  • Description of the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards;
  • Identification of ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning (for example, monitoring attendance, homework completion, or television watching; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time); and
  • Highlight the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum: parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement; Frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress; and Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities; and
  • Evidence that parents were involved in the development/revisions to the compact [Section 1118(d), ESEA].

 

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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.


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Evaluation of the 2010-2011 Parental Involvement Plan

Building Capacity Summary

Provide a summary of activities provided during the 2010-2011 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

Correlation to Student Achievement

1

School Advisory Council/Title I Parent Meetings

1

6

Review of student achievement and progress, discussion of strategies for improvement

2

Grade Level Parent Night

1

50

Overview of classroom procedures and grade level expectations

3

Individual Parent/Teacher Conferences (all students-1st nine weeks; as needed-mid year & end of year)

2

125

Individual student progress reviewed and strategies for improvement


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include the content and type of activity, number of activities, number of participants, and the correlation to student achievement.

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Staff Training Summary

Provide a summary of the professional development activities provided by the school during the 2010-2011 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

Correlation to Student Achievement

1

Effective Communication with Parents

3

25

Information and materials will be shared with teachers to increase skills in effective communication with parents


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include the content and type of activity, number of activities, number of participants, and the correlation to student achievement.

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Barriers

Describe the barriers that hindered participation by parents during the 2010-2011 school year in parental involvement activities. Include the steps the school will take during the 2011-2012 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

Parents seem uninterested in attending school activities.

The school will be involving students in presentations to encourage parental involvement. (reader theater, plays, presentations, etc.)

2

Parents have difficulty attending due to work schedules.

Parent conferences may be scheduled before school, after schoool, or during teacher planning time.


Review Rubric:
Strong responses include:

  • Identification of barrier which hindered participation by parents in parental involvement activities (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); and
  • Description of how the LEA will use the information gathered from the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement policies described in Section 1118.

 

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Best Practices (Optional)

Describe the parental involvement activity/strategy the school implemented during the 2010-2011 schoool 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


Review Rubric:
Activities described in this section should be correlated to student achievement and include sufficient detail that another LEA or school could use the information to develop a similar program.

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