• AWE Title 1 Parent and Family Engagement Policy

    AWE Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy

    AWE believes that the more parents are involved with their child’s schoolwork, the higher the level of achievement and attendance, and the fewer disturbances and failures.

    AWE encourages all parents to be informed and to participate in decisions affecting the school and their children’s education. The involvement of parents in developing a Title I Parent Involvement Policy will increase its effectiveness and contribute to the success of AWE students. This policy will be shared with all parents and reviewed yearly. AWE offers the following:

     

    Operation of Title I Program:

    • Federally supported program offers assistance to educationally and economically disadvantaged children.
    • Provides instructional activities and supportive services to students above and beyond those provided by regular school program.
    • School–wide Title I school. All students in school are served

     

    Notification of Requirements to Parents:

    • Information to parents of students involved in LEP (Limited English Proficient) program.
    • Provide copy of parent Handbook which includes Parent Policy, rights, and opportunities for parent involvement.
    • AWE report card and progress review
    • Teacher qualification if not Highly Qualified.

     

    Annual Public Meetings:

    ·         At least twice a year,Fall and Spring.  

    ·         Meetings inform parents about services provided by Title I. Fall meeting includes assessment results and overview of Parent Involvement Program. Spring meeting evaluates Title I program.

    ·         Parents notified of these and all upcoming events via newsletters, posted notices, website, and phone alert system.

     

    Parent Training Seminars/Parent Academy:

    ·         Parents surveyed in the fall for topics of interest for Parent Academy trainings. Information used in planning. Parent Academy training sessions may include state and local assessments, programs school and district wide, behavior management, etc.

    ·         Scheduled at flexible times.

    ·         Information made available to those who cannot attend.

    ·         Transportation available upon request.

    Involving Parents:

    ·         Parents complete surveys, questionnaires and evaluations to evaluate effectiveness of Title I programs. This information is used for improvement.

    ·         Parents are members on decision making committees such as PTA, School Leadership Team, Positive Behavior Support Team, Title I Parent Representative, and AWE Parent Panel.

    ·         All training sessions and meetings include parent evaluations. Information used to plan future meetings. 

    ·         Parent advisors, comprised of members of PTA board and other parents, meets monthly to discuss, plan, organize school wide activities and identify school needs.

    Timely Information/ Parent Assistance and Opportunities:

    ·         Competencies posted on grade level websites. Curriculum meetings held at grade level open house and workshops provided at Parent Academy trainings.  Data folders /papers sent home weekly for parents to review.

    ·         Orientation is held first month of school, including an introduction to the curriculum and visits to the classroom.

    ·         Information tables set up in the lobby during parenting events. These may include Title I, cafeteria/nutrition, assessment data, school nurse, etc. Staff members address questions.

    ·         Kindergarten teachers and assistants make optional home visits the first 5 days of school to develop positive connections.

    ·         A Parent Resource center is available. Parents may check out books and materials. Sample materials are displayed on a table in the lobby at all times.  A list is on the website.

    ·         Parents are strongly encouraged to attend PTA meetings and activities.  They will be notified of these activities, as well as all trainings, well in advance.

    ·         For parents with disabilities (physical impairments, learning impairments, hearing or vision loss) or Limited English Proficiency, assistance will be provided so they can also participate in school activities. Once a need is identified, it will be met. AWE is Handicapped Accessible. Also directional information is written in Braille. Interpreters can be provided. Information is included in school wide newsletters, flyers, Face Book, and posted at school entrances.

    ·         There are no migratory families at AWE at this time.

    Regular Meetings:

    ·         Parent Conferences held throughout the school year. Staff members address questions and review student progress. One early release day is used for parent conferences.

    ·         Weekly reports/weekly folders sent home for parents to review and sign.

    ·         Communication logs sent home daily which may include individual assessment data.

    ·         Parent input requested when the child begins the RtI process/MTSS(Responsiveness to Instruction/Multiple Tiered System of Support). Parents provide background information for any educational plans.

    ·         Parents involved in writing their child’s IEP(Individual Education Plan) and 504 Accommodation Plan.

    Parent Compacts (Agreements):

    ·         Designed to help develop student potential in all developmental areas.

    ·         Parents, teachers, and students agree on the responsibilities of each party in the learning process.

    ·         The Compact is distributed, reviewed, and signed at the beginning of the school year or when children first arrive at AWE. Book marks with student pictures are provided mid year as a reminder of the compact.

    ·         Classroom teachers make sure the agreements are signed and returned.

    ·         Both teachers and parents/students retain a copy of this agreement.

    Education of School Personnel:

    ·         Ways of effective communication with parents is shared with school staff.

    ·         Teachers and parents working together as a team improves student chances of mastering challenging standards.

    Coordinating and Integrating/connections with other programs which yield successful academic results;

    ·         Home visits by Kindergarten teachers

    ·         Parent Resource Center

    ·         Title I Interventionist Team comprised of North Carolina certified Teachers. All teachers(including Exceptional Education Teachers and regular classroom teachers, work with Interventionists to provide service to students needing help.

    ·          Officer’s Spouses’ Club provide funding for school projects

    ·         PTA supports school projects with talent, time, and money

    ·         School Social Worker works closely with home/school partnerships

    ·         Grants sought through Partners in Education, Carteret-Craven EMC, and other sources

    ·         Additional reading and writing opportunities provided through International Reading Association and other literacy organizations.

    ·         Craven County Social Services used as a resource to help families. Referrals made by school staff when needed.

    ·         MFLAC(Military Family Liaison) assists military children and parents.

    ·         Marine squadron volunteers for various activities as needed.

    ·         RtI/MTSS(Responsiveness to instruction/Multiple Tiered System of Support) addresses academic and behavioral needs of students.

    ·         A system of positive behavioral supports is in place in classrooms and school wide.