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Navigating the Early County School System 2012-2013

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This presentation is provided for parents of students in the Early County School System. It provides parents with knowledge of how the school system is structured and who to contact with the parents have questions about their child's education.

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Navigating the Early County School System 2012-2013

  1. 1. Georgia Department of Education and Early County School SystemLearning Your Child’s School System: The Key to Success Tammy Storey ECSS Parent Involvement Coordinator Located: ECMS room 203 Phone: 229.359.5310 tstorey@early.k12.ga.us
  2. 2. Objectives• BELIEVE that parent and family involvement is the first step to helping your child succeed.• BELIEVE that knowledge is power! Ask Questions ● Listen ● Observe ● Understand• KNOW the personnel you need to talk to about pertinent issues.• KNOW that all schools have been developed to educate your child in a way that he/she may flourish.
  3. 3. What Would You Do If…• You wanted to learn how to become a parent volunteer?• Your child started displaying academic challenges?• Your child needed to learn about career choices?• You experienced problems with your child’s teacher?• You found out your child has been “cutting” school ?• Your child has a problem with speech?• Your child’s school did not meet AYP?• Your child started having behavioral difficulties?• You had a special needs preschooler?Adapted From: Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, Navigating the Public School System, September 2009
  4. 4. Organize Me!Where do I begin and end? STANDARD PUBLIC SCHOOL STRUCTURE Principal Governor Local Board of Education Superintendent Teacher State Board of Education State Superintendent
  5. 5. Correct Order STANDARD PUBLIC SCHOOL STRUCTURE Governor State Superintendent State Board of Education Local Board of Education Superintendent Principal Teacher
  6. 6. Nathan Deal Governor – responsible for managing the state budget; proposing new programs and state laws, signing or vetoinglegislation, and appointing members of various state boards.
  7. 7. Dr. John D. Barge State Superintendent of Schools - directs the Georgia Department of Education in executing the policies set by the State Board of Education. He’salso the chief spokesperson for public schools, providing education policy and direction to local school districts.
  8. 8. State Board of Education Chair Wanda Barrs The State Board of Education focuses on policy making, planning, monitoring, and evaluation to support Georgia’s local school districts. For more information go to Georgia State Board of Education
  9. 9. State Board Members and Districts 1- Linda Zechmann 2- Elizabeth Ragsdale 3- Helen Odom Rice 4- Daniel Israel 5- Kenneth Mason 6- Barbara Hampton 7- Mike Royal 8- Wanda Barrs, Chair District 2 State 9- Larry WinterBoard of Education 10- Brian Burdette Representative 11- J. Grant LewisElizabeth Ragsdale 12- Allen Rice 13- Mary Sue Murray
  10. 10. Early County Board of Education William Davis Denise Williams Alice Hutchins James Cannon Cynthia LevatteDistrict 1, Chairman District 2 District 3, Vice-Chair District 4 District 5, CountywideLocal Board of Education- each board member is elected by thepeople. Meetings are normally held monthly and members of thecommunity are encouraged to attend so they can know what’sgoing on in their schools and district.
  11. 11. PublicEarly County CENTRAL Board of OFFICE Education Superintendent – Thomas D Challender
  12. 12. FY10 ECSS Budget $21,631,951.00 5% 6% Instruction 6% Student Support Services 6% General Administration 5% School Administration Maintenance Operations3% 69% Student Transportation Staff Development 10/01/12 12
  13. 13. Funding Sources• Local Taxes- $6,058,409.45• State Funds-$11,657,590.81• Federal Funds-$4,927,137.12 Total: $22,643,137.38
  14. 14. Funding School Personnel • Social workers, counselors, school psychologist and assistant principals are determined by enrollment • Speech, interpreters, and other special services are determined by need • Support staff, paraprofessionals, and nurses are determined by budget Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, Navigating the Public School System, September 2009
  15. 15. Donnie Yarbrough, ECMS Principal Matthew Cullifer, ECES Principal David Ferry, ECHS Principal James McCoy, ECLOA PrincipalPrincipal – deals mainly with facilities, safety, discipline and theschool budget. They are the school’s leader. You should feelvery comfortable and confident about talking with you principal.
  16. 16. Remember…• Every school’s staff members are in place to assist with the needs of the parents, but you have to know where to go to obtain your requests. Do your research and ask questions!• You must communicate your needs.• Knowing who to report to makes life easier.
  17. 17. Public School Staff & Responsibilities• School Counselor- assists students with making decisions that affect their personal and academic development; they often meet with students individually or in groups to provide counseling sessions.• Social Worker- serves as a link between students families and the school, working with parents, guardians, teachers, and other school officials to ensure that students reach their academic and personal potential; they also handle truancy issues.
  18. 18. Cont’d. Public School Staff & Responsibilities• Parent Mentor (Special Needs) - hired by local school systems to work with special education directors, parents, school teams, teachers, and the community; they also schedule and record IEP meetings and connect you to the services and resources you need.• Academic Coach - oversees the curriculum, observes classrooms to determine instructional strategies, assists in implementing school reforms, professional development, and mentors.
  19. 19. Cont’d.Public School Staff & Responsibilities • Lead Teacher-an experienced teacher within a school system who is chosen to provide support, guidance and resources for new teachers or those dealing with a challenging population of students. • Assistant Principal- assists the principal; deals with facilities, safety, discipline and the budget. • Paraprofessional-assists, supports, and works closely with teachers, administrators, and other team members in providing educational benefit for students.
  20. 20. Cont’d.Public School Staff & ResponsibilitiesTeacher- responsible for organizingTeacher Parent Involvement Coordinator -and implementing an instructional parent advocate who offers workshops,program that will result in students links parents to resources, aims toachieving academic success increase parental involvement and helps parents
  21. 21. Benefits of Having Involved Parents:Fewer behavior problemsBetter academic performanceMore likely to complete secondary schoolIncreased teacher supportPotential problems are identified early
  22. 22. How can I become a Very Involved Parent? (V.I.P.)•PTO •Parent Liaison•Booster Clubs •School Website•Parent Portal •Newsletter•Local School Council •Parent/Teacher•Volunteer Conferences
  23. 23. FACT 1:Teachers of students with highly involvedparents tend to give greater attention tothose students, and they are more likely to identify problems that might hinder student learning at earlier stages.
  24. 24. FACT 2: Parents, schools, families, and communities working together can create meaningful partnerships that ultimatelylead to significant gains across the board in student achievement.
  25. 25. FACT 3:Accountability and communication are thekeys to helping parents help their children. Knowing these entities exist helps you toplay an active role in becoming an advocate for your child.
  26. 26. Commonly Used Acronyms• AYP- Adequate Yearly Progress- an annual report that indicates the progress individual schools are making toward achieving state academic standards• ELL- English Language Learners- students whose native language is not English• SES- Supplemental Education Services- tutoring service available to students from low income families who are attending failing schools• LEA- Local Education Agency- public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a state for either administrative control or direction of public elementary or secondary schools• GHSGT- Georgia High School Graduation Test-all students seeking a Georgia high school diploma must pass this test in four content areas as well as the writing assessment.
  27. 27. Cont’d. Commonly Used Acronyms• CRCT- Criterion Reference Competency Test- a standardized test that measures student performance related to academic objectives• IEP – Individualized Education Program- an intervention strategy used mostly for special needs children• ESEA- Elementary and Secondary Education Act-(formerly known as NCLB) federal law that provides guidance and money to assist schools in an effort to help all children succeed• PAC- Parent Advisory Council-a group of parents from across the state that meets to discuss education in Georgia and focus on how to increase parent and family engagement to ensure student success• GPS- Georgia Performance Standards- performance standards that provide clear expectations for instruction, assessment, and student work
  28. 28. Cont’d. Commonly Used Acronyms• CCGPS – Common Core Georgia Performance Standards – Georgia joined with 46 other states, The District of Columbia (D.C.) and territories to develop a set of core standards for kindergarten through high school in English language arts and mathematics and in grades 6-12 in literacy in science, history/social studies, and technical subjects.• CCRPI- College and Career Readiness Performance Index – Georgia has been approved for the NCLB Flexibility Waiver. Instead of using AYP to determine progress that schools are making, Georgia will use CCRPI that will evaluate schools using multiple indicators to determine a school’s performance, rather than using a single test score given at one point in time.
  29. 29. Commonly Used School Terms• Learning Disability- a condition that makes it hard for a student to learn• Academic Performance Standards- benchmarks that measure a student’s academic success• Learning Styles- a way of learning how individuals learn• Gifted & Talented Program- a program designed for identified high achieving students
  30. 30. POP QUIZ!!! (True of False)• Accountability and principles are the keys to helping parents help their children.• Only select school staff, such as the principal, can help me obtain the things I need for my child.• Teachers of students with involved parents tend to give greater attention to those students.• If you complain enough to the teacher, it’s okay to assume it will be taken care of.• Parent and family involvement is the second step to helping your child succeed.
  31. 31. POP QUIZ!!! (True of False)• Accountability and principles are the keys to helping parents help their children. (F)• Only select school staff, such as the principal, can help me obtain the things I need for my child. (F)• Teachers of students with involved parents tend to give greater attention to those students. (T)• If you complain enough to the teacher, it’s okay to assume it will be taken care of. (F)• Parent and family involvement is the second step to helping your child succeed. (F)
  32. 32. References• Hayes-Tavares, Shawnna (2009). Navigating the public school system: The key to helping your child. [Power Point Presentation]. Atlanta, GA.• Minneapolis Public Schools (2008). Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities: How the School System Functions. [Personal Communication]. Minneapolis, MN.• Office of the Education Ombudsman. How does the school system work? Olympia: WA, 2009. Retrieved from: http://www.governor.wa.gov/oeo/publications/007_english.pd f
  33. 33. QUESTIONS?If you have any questions about school or if you need help locating resources, please contact Tammy Storey,ECSS Parent Involvement Coordinator, Email: tstorey@early.k12.ga.us Cell Phone: (229)359-5310.
  34. 34. Georgia Department of EducationLearning Your Child’s School System: The Key to Success Tammy Storey ECSS Parent Involvement Coordinator 229.359.5310 tstorey@ k12.ga.us

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