Washoe Country School District
Title I recognizes the vital role that parents, guardians and community play in the education of their children. Decades of research have confirmed that students with involved parents are more likely to succeed in school. In accordance with the Elementary & Secondary Act (ESEA) legislation, the Title I office has developed a comprehensive parent/community involvement program, in collaboration with Washoe County School District and the Parent Involvement Council (PIC).
The Nevada State Board of Education has recognized that parental involvement is the key to academic achievement and has developed a parent involvement policy. Washoe County School District also has a parent involvement policy. It is part of the district's strategic plan. In addition, each of the Title I schools has a policy and a parent involvement accord based on Nevada legislation that is presented during the required Annual Title I Meeting for Parents.
Washoe County School District Title I personnel provide coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in developing effective parent- school partnerships in order to support children's education at home.
Title I schools develop a written parent involvement policy that outlines what the school will do for parents using six federal requirements to build parents' capacity to be involved in school. For more information about school parent involvement policies, please contact your child's school.
Title I Parent Involvement Facilitators at each school site offer family/parent workshops to promote the home-school partnership to foster the parents' role as a child's first and most important teacher. Programs and workshops are developed and evaluated based on input, such as surveys, from parents and school staff.
Six Federal Requirements to Build Parents' Capacity to be Involved in School
- Assist parents in understanding the State's academic content standards, student academic achievement standards and academic assessments
- Provide material and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, to foster parent involvement.
- Educate school personnel, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, how to reach, communicate and work with parents
- Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other organizations such as Head Start, Parents as Teachers, etc.
- Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to parents in a format and language that parents can understand
- Provide reasonable support for parent involvement activities as parents request
Each year, the Title I program is required to host a meeting for parents to explain what the Title I program is and how Title I students will be assessed. Parents have a right to be involved in the Title I program, and this is explained at the meeting as well as offering suggestions as to how they can be involved. This meeting is documented with sign-in list, flyers, agendas, etc.
Parent Involvement Standards
The National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs are research based and grounded in both sound philosophy and practical experience. The purpose of the standards is threefold:
- To promote meaningful parent and family participation
- To raise awareness regarding the components of effective programs
- To provide guidelines for schools that wish to improve their programs
Parents' Right to Know
Parents may request information concerning the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s) including the degrees held, certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching. Title I schools must notify parents if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the "Highly Qualified" definition.
Parents also may request information concerning whether or not their child is receiving instruction by a teacher assistant, and if so his/her qualifications. Parent communication and involvement are important, especially under NCLB. The law states that parents in Title I schools
- Must be a part of developing a written parent involvement policy that is distributed to all parents.
- Have a right to be involved in the planning and implementation of the parent involvement program in theirs school.
- Can receive materials and training for parents and staff to foster greater parent involvement.
Websites of Interest
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents
Education Collaborative/Parent Information & Resource Center
The National Fatherhood Initiative
National Center for Family Literacy
National Education Association