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Parent Involvement Plan – 2011-2012
The framework of parental involvement, as derived by the PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and adopted by the Tennessee State Board of Education on July 30, 2010, includes the following:
·         Welcoming all families into the school community – Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class and school.
·         Communicating effectively – Families and school staff engage in regular, meaningful communication about student learning.
·         Supporting student success – Families and school staff continuously work together to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
·         Speaking up for every child – Families are informed and enabled to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
·         Sharing power – Families and school staff are equal partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
·         Collaborating with community – Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community service, and civic participation
According to Becher 1984, Ballen and Moles 1966, when families are involved in their children’s education in their children’s education in positive ways, children achieve higher grades and test scores, have better attendance at school, complete more homework, demonstrate more positive attitudes and behavior, graduate at higher rates, and have greater enrollment in higher education.
Parent involvement is most effective when it is comprehensive, well-planned, and long lasting, and when it takes a positive approach, rather than focusing on remedial interventions.  Parents do not have to be well-educated in order to help; in fact, children from low-income and minority families have the most to gain when schools involve parents.
Trenton Rosenwald Middle School is committed to involving our parents more at the school level because we realize that by involving every family in a child’s education is an important piece of improving that child’s learning according to the research by Joyce Epstein.
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Listed on page 3 are some of the Parent and Family Engagement Activities, which are offered at Trenton Rosenwald Middle School. The list is not all inclusive but is a representation of ongoing efforts to be fore family friendly and to include parents and families in the activities and certainly the learning process of all students
 In addition:
This school parental involvement plan has been developed and agreed upon with a group of parents, and can be distributed to parents through the students handbook, FRC newsletter, and/ or school website.
This plan will be reviewed annually and shall be updated as appropriate to meet the changing needs of parents and the school. Names of individuals involved in the development of this policy are on file in the Title I supervisor’s office.
omments by parents of participating children concerning dissatisfaction with the plan shall be submitted to the State.
a.     An annual school wide meeting to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend will be held in the fall. At this meeting this policy, legal requirements, and the parents’ rights to be involved will be explained.
b.     Other meeting/ trainings will be offered at different times during the day and evening. Child care and transportation will be provided if needed.
School-Parent Compact
This compact is jointly developed with parents. It outlines how parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for learning. This compact is attached. Parent compacts will be distributed at parent-teacher conference, sent home with students, or published in the Family Resource Center newsletter.
Progress Report
Report cards will be sent to parents every trimester.
During parent-teacher conferences and at parent orientation, teachers will explain the curriculum, assessment, and proficiency expectations to parents.
Workshops will be held for parents and PATT (Parents and Teachers Together) meetings will provide parents with opportunities to participate in their children’s school activities. Parents are encouraged through the parent handbook, phone tree and newsletters to make appointments to meet with teachers at any time. Serve on committees, and assist with school activities, etc.
Building Capacity for Involvement
Materials and assistance will be provided if needed in understanding: the State’s content standards and State student performance standards the school district’s responsibilities in providing assistance to schools identified for school improvement, state and local assessments, parental involvement requirements, how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children, and how to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
Newsletters and other handouts will advertise literacy training through the local adult education program.
Poverty training has been held to educate school staff about how to work with at-risk families and help them coordinate activities to help their children. The Title I supervisor works with Head Start, Early Head Start, and other groups to encourage parent involvement and educated parents. The Family Resource Center publishes newsletters four times a year to encourage parent participation.
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are held as needed for parents to increase their reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Opportunities are provided to integrate parent involvement through the Parents and Teachers Together Organization, Accelerated Reader Program, school orientation, after school tutoring, Back-to-School Bash, book fairs, Father’s Fair, Spring Fling and parent-teacher conferences. Pre-school children ages newborn to five years of age are encouraged to enroll in the Gibson County Imagination Library.
The Student of the Month, Principal’s Awards, PATT Pals and Challenges and Choices programs encourage good decision making on the part of children and families.
The Family Resource Center refers families at-risk for assistance with basic needs and family counseling, parenting training, etc.
Interpreters will be provided for LEP families, if needed. Under-educated parents will be accompanied by a Family Resource Center staff member to help explain school policies, etc.
Title I will pay for transportation and child care costs, if necessary, for parental involvement activities.
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