Family Engagement Building Relationships


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Victor "Skip" Forsyth, ESC Region 16
Texas ACE conference 2013
Austin, Texas

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Family Engagement Building Relationships

  1. 1. 8/1/2013 1 REGION 16, TITLE I STATEWIDE SCHOOL SUPPORT AND FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE SKIP FORSYTH, EDUCATION SPECIALIST AUGUST 2013 Family Engagement: Building Relationships Family Engagement: Building Relationships Statute  Public Law 107-110 Section 1118, Parental Involvement  LEA and School Parental Involvement Policy  Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement (School-Parent Compact)  Building Capacity for Involvement The outcome is student academic success
  2. 2. 8/1/2013 2 Statute  Texas Education Code, Chapter 26  Parental Rights and Responsibilities  PURPOSE: “Parents are partners with educators, administrators, and school district boards of trustees in their children's education. Parents shall be encouraged to actively participate in creating and implementing educational programs for their children.” ESEA Parental Involvement  The statute defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring— ESEA Parental Involvement  that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;  that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;  that 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.
  3. 3. 8/1/2013 3  In your situation what seem to be the primary barriers that limit or challenge an effective parental involvement program? Building Relationships  The largest barriers to family engagement…  Time  Culture  Uncertainty  What activities or strategies seem to be most successful in connecting with families and building relationships?
  4. 4. 8/1/2013 4 Building Relationships  A positive school culture includes all staff members and every family  People are more important than programs  Relationships precede reform The outcome is student academic success Alternate Venues  Take it to the streets…  Different venues  Go to the work place  Go to places of worship  Go to community centers  Home visits  Build relationships in their comfort and safety zone
  5. 5. 8/1/2013 5 Communication  A family friendly school culture builds and maintains effective communication  What types of communication do you use, and which are most effective?  Have you surveyed the parents/families about preferred types of communication?  When do you initiate communication? The outcome is student academic success  What types of communication tools and approaches seem to be most effective in maintaining regular, two-way communication? Communication  Provide notifications in a timely manner, in a uniform format, and in a language parents can understand  Provide names of principal, ass’t principal, counselor, teacher(s), AND receptionist, nurse, head of food service, head of transportation
  6. 6. 8/1/2013 6 Leverage Technology  Phone call  Email  Text  Blog  Social Media  Skype and FaceTime  Telephone Tree  Web Portals  Teacher specific web site  Technology Training Other ideas????? Building Relationships  An effective school culture empowers every family  Every family “invited to the party”  Especially families of students with greatest need The outcome is student academic success Needs Assessment  Comprehensive Needs Assessment  Honor the findings  Identify the needs  Enact the strategy
  7. 7. 8/1/2013 7 CNA Questions  How would you describe your current school culture? And the ACE program?  What are the evidences your current ACE program is effective?  How are parents informed about student progress within the ACE program?  How do parents participate within the ACE program?  What challenges or barriers does your current ACE program face?  What about conducting brain-storming sessions with colleagues and staff? Students? Families? Community organizations?  What resources are needed and are available to address these challenges? CNA Questions Building Relationships L isten E arly A ffirm F requent Remember: the outcome is student academic success!
  8. 8. 8/1/2013 8 Like us on… Title I Statewide School Support/Parental Involvement Initiative Title I Statewide School Support & Family and Community Engagement Initiative Resources…   Scroll down and click on the Title I Statewide Initiative icon  Access the variety of resources available
  9. 9. 8/1/2013 9 Need Assistance  Contact your regional ESC  Terri Stafford,  Skip Forsyth, Research - USDE   Early Learning - Preschool - 3rd Grade  Fatherhood / Dads  Military Families  School Choice and Parental Options  Promise Neighborhoods  Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  Bullying  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for children Research - SEDL   Toolkits…  A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement  Beyond the Building: A Facilitation Guide  Collaborative Action Teams (CATs) Toolkit  Working Systemically: Engaging Family & Community
  10. 10. 8/1/2013 10 Research - IDRA   Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework™  Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute  Principles for Family Leadership in Education  IDRA Family Leadership in Education Center Research – NNPS, Epstein   Parenting  Communicating  Volunteering  Learning at Home  Decision Making  Collaborating with the Community Title I Statewide School Support & Family and Community Engagement Initiative Resources…   Scroll down and click on the Title I Statewide Initiative icon  Access the variety of resources available
  11. 11. 8/1/2013 11 2013 Parental Involvement Conference December 5 – 7, 2013 Galveston Island Convention Center Host Hotel: Galveston Island Hilton Resort Upcoming • 20/20 Parental Involvement • Revised Website – easier to find needed information • Continuing to improve Facebook page • Checklist for policy and compact – assist with random validations
  12. 12. 8/1/2013 12 School Support Resources
  13. 13. 8/1/2013 13 P I Resources Requested Materials
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  15. 15. 8/1/2013 15 Publications Order Form Book Reviews