WHAT Is Family ENGAGEMENT?
Family Engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular, two-way meaningful communication involving student learning and other school activities ensuring:
- Parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning.
- Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education.
- Parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
- Carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 116 of ESSA.
About the Parent and Family Engagement Plan
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Dibrell Elementary has developed this parent and family engagement plan that guides the strategies and resources that guides the strategies and resources that strengthen school and parent partnerships in our Title 1 school. This plan will describe Dibrell's commitment to engage families in the education of their children and to support family engagement strategies and activities designed to achieve the school and student academic achievement goals.
When our school, families, and communities work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school and enjoy school more. Title 1 with programs and activities will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents and family members of participating children. Consistent with Sections 1116, Dibrell will work with its faculty, parents, and staff to ensure that the required school- level
parent and family engagement plans meet the requirements of Section 1116(b) of the ESSA, and each include
as a component a school-parent compact consistent with Seciton 1116(d) of the ESEA.
Dibrell School will take the following actions to involve parents and family members in jointly developing the strategic plan by appointment of parents to be members of the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee that will monthly assess, through consultation with parents, the effectiveness of the Family and Community Engagement Program and determine what action needs to be taken, if any, to increase parental and community participation and school goals, and NCLB laws. The Family Engagement Plan is accessible through Dibrell's website, and available for print version upon request.
Strengthening Our Schools
Dibrell School will provide support and technical assistance to all in planning and implementing
effective parent and family engagement practices inclusive of school parent and family engagement
policies/plans, school-parent compacts, and all Title 1 parent and family engagement requirements.
Our school will provide to the best of their ability any of the following procedures to insure quality
parent engagement programs are in place:
- Designation of resources to assist in communicating with parents and family, transportation for meetings, home visits, providing child-care for meetings (if needed), encouraging them to use available parent/family resource centers, and working with parents to improve parenting skills particularly those that will assist them in working with their children to improve his/her educational achievements. Resources may include individuals, agencies, materials, and services.
- Sharing options for coordinating and integrating Title 1 program strategies with services of other community programs, businesses, and agencies.
- Identification of ways in which parents and families can be engaged in staff training activities to demonstrate the value of parent and family engagement and various techniques designed to successfully engage parents and faculty as equal partner in their child's education.
- Making a good faith effort to convene an annual meeting at the beginning of the school year where all parent and families of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend to inform them of Dibrell's participation in and requirements for Title 1 programs and of their rights to be involved.
Dibrell School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting with the meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent and family
engagement policy in improving the academic quality of its Title 1- Part A schools. The evaluation will
include identifying barriers to greater participation by families in activities (with particular attention to
families who are economically disadvantage, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited
literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The evaluation will also include identifying the
needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with
school personnel, teachers, and strategies to support successful school and family interactions. The
school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parent and family engagement policy to
design evidence-based strategies for more effective family engagement, and to revise, if necessary, its
parent and family engagement plan. The findings produced by the meetings shall be utilized to design strategies for school improvement and for revising this plan for the next school year.
Reservation Of Funds
Dibrell School will involve the parents and family members of children served in Title 1- Part A schools in
decisions about how the one percent of Title I-Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is
spent and will ensure that not less than 90 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to Title 1. Dibrell School will provide an annual meeting in the fall to describe the school's participation in the Title 1 program.
The meeting will explain the rights of families to be involved and how to offer feedback on the implementation and usefulness of the Parent Engagement Plan. The individual schools will include parents and family members in the planning, review, implementation, and improvement of the parent and family engagement plan and programs.
Coordination Of Services
Dibrell School will coordinate with other organizations, business, partners in education, and community partners to provide additional support and resources to families. Dibrell will contact programs such as public preschool programs or organizations to help students' transitions to our elementary school. Dibrell also encourages participation in the Kindergarten meetings in the spring and at registration with supplies for the future kindergarten children with a backpack to carry them in for the school year. Dibrell also has many meetings with eighth graders and parents on transitioning to the high school and the best path for academics for the high school programs.
Building Capacity Of Parents And Family Members
Dibrell School will build families' capacity for strong family engagement by providing materials and training
on such topics as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy) to help families work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement. Assistance
will also be provided to parents and families in understanding the following topics:
- The challenging state academic standards
- The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
- The requirements of Title 1-Part A
- How to monitor their child's progress in school
- How to build relationships with their child's educator by means of communicating
Information regarding content standards, assessments, and student achievement will be sent home by teachers and faculty at Dibrell. Links to all information will be given to parents. Skyward ( District's Information and Grading Record System) training night will be hosted by our school to help parents stay informed about student attendance, grades, and discipline. A direct link to this training is also available on the district website. Assistance with understanding curriculum standards and academic requirements will be provided to parents during open house, family nights, personal meeting, and parent-teacher conferences at Dibrell. Our family nights will focus on the academics of literacy and math. Parents are always welcomed to communicate concerns with teachers and administration on academics, assessments, and/or child's progress in his or her classroom through meetings, emails, or phone.
Building Capacity of School Staff
To ensure that information related to district, school, parent programs, and activities are available to all parents, Dibrell will send home and post online information for parents and family members in an understandable language and uniform format. At the beginning of the school year, school staff will be trained on parent notifications and resources to be sent home in parent's native language where applicable and providing interpreters at parent events. Information posted on the district website will be translated to the the extent practicable. Dibrell will also utilize school phone call system, district and school websites, local news media, and other school message systems to post information for parents.
Dibrell Parent and Family Engagement Plan has been developed jointly and agreed upon with parents and families of children participating in our Title 1-Part A school programs as evidenced by the collaboration of parents, school faculty, and district personnel.