Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy
Now that school has started, our thoughts turn to the Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) activities required of districts and charters who receive Title I, Part A funds. The ESSA Parent and Family Engagement requirements are in effect for both Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide campuses.
The CSS team has been at work assisting and advising our clients on the completion of required PFE activities.
What is Parent & Family Engagement?
ESSA describes parent and family engagement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. Family-school collaboration is a cooperative process of planning that brings together school staff, parents, students, and community members to maximize resources for student achievement and development.
Involvement vs. Engagement
- Parent involvement is more often “doing to,” while engagement is “doing with”
- With involvement, schools tend to lead with their mouth – telling parents what they should be doing. Engagement has schools listening with their ears and being responsive.
- When involving parents, they are generally directed toward completing a task selected by the school. When engaging parents, they are considered a potential leader who is integral to identifying a vision and goals.
What is the Title I, Part A PFE Policy requirement?
Each LEA and school that receives Title I, Part A funds shall develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents a written parent and family engagement policy (even for 1 campus charters). The LEA policy shall be incorporated into the District Improvement Plan and establish the district’s expectations for parent and family engagement. The school policy shall describe the means for carrying out the parent involvement requirements. Parents shall be notified of the policies in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand. (Public Law 114-95, Section 1116, a-c)
|LEA (District-level) Policy
Should address, at a minimum:
Should address, at a minimum:
|Involving parents in the development of the district improvement plan||Convene an annual meeting to describe the school’s participation in a Title I program and the right of the parents to be involved|
|Assisting schools to implement family engagement activities to improve student performance||Offer a flexible number of meetings|
|Assist the schools and parents to build capacity||Include parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school policy|
|Coordination of parental and family engagement activities||Timely information about parent activities, a description and explanation of the school curriculum and forms of assessment with expected proficiency levels|
|Conduct, with parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the PFE policy in improving the academic quality of the schools||Conduct, with parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the school’s PFE policy|
|Involving parents in the activities of the school||The school-parent compact which addresses the importance of communication between school and home|
|District PFE Policy Documentation and Evaluation||School PFE Policy Documentation and Evaluation|
|Charter District level checklist||School level checklist|
|Sample LEA Written PFE Policy||Sample Campus Written PFE Policy|
Documentation of your schools’ compliance with PFE Policy requirements
In order to demonstrate compliance, TEA will typically request the following documentation:
- District-level and/or school-level written PFE policy
- District Improvement Plan reflecting PFE activities for the LEA
- Invitations/flyers, sign-in sheets, agendas, and meeting notes/minutes from when the PFE policies were developed/reviewed collaboratively with parents (parents clearly labeled under “role”)
- Proof of distribution of the written PFE policies to parents (dated)
- Meetings to evaluate the PFE policy each year (invitations/flyers, sign-in sheets, agendas, meeting notes/minutes)
- Translation procedure. (If you have a bilingual program or waiver, documents MUST be translated in the program language.)
- Invitations/flyers to parent events that are academic or capacity building in nature
- Title I Annual Parent meetings – same meeting MUST be offered on different days and at different times
- Annual staff training on the importance of and strategies for PFE on campus
The CSS team assists clients by training administrators and other key staff on best practices to meet documentation requirements.
Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy Resources
- The Title I, Part A Parent & Family Engagement Statewide Initiative is managed by the Region 16 Education Service Center. It offers multiple resources for Parents, Teachers, PFE Liaisons, and Administrators.
- Resources for the PFE Policy include checklists for both the campus and district policies along with sample policies from other Texas schools. https://www.esc16.net/page/title1swi.compliance_policy
- Click here for the 2021-2022 calendar of events to keep you up-to-date on all required submissions and activities.
- Additionally, Region 16 hosts the Statewide Parental Involvement Conference each year. This year the conference will be held virtually on Dec. 9-10, 2021. It is a great conference where administrators, teachers, PFE liaisons, and parents can learn more about building capacity within their schools and LEAs. See the Title I, Part A Parent & Family Engagement Statewide Initiative resource page here.
Have questions or need assistance?
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- Sheila K. Sherman firstname.lastname@example.org