Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Parent and Family Engagement Policy
School Year 2021-2022
Revision Date: April 20th, 2021
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Woodrow Wilson Middle School receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).
The Woodrow Wilson Middle School agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:
Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school, distribute it to the parents of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community.
Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
If the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
(A) Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
(B) Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
(C) 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
(D) Other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA
DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT
REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
Section A: JOINTLY DEVELOPED
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will take the following actions to involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
In order to involve parents/guardians, Wilson always invites parents to be our partners. During our Title I meeting, parents are given the opportunity to make suggestions, share ideas and voice concerns. Home & School officers meet to determine the calendar of meetings. To inform parents, we use the electronic board located on the lawn as well as School Messenger and our school’s website. Additionally, The School-Parent Compact and Parent and Family Engagement Policy have been jointly-developed with parents during our Spring Title I meeting held on April 20th, 2021 for review of the 2021-2022 documents. In the spring of 2022, a meeting will occur for the next school year.
Section B: ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the school wide plan, and the school-parent compact.
We hold our annual Title I meeting during the Back-to-School open house in October. At this time, the principal or designee will share information about the requirements of Title I part A, parent rights to know, state and local assessments including the PSSAs, school curriculum, how to work with educators and to track student progress. Throughout the year, parents are invited to the Annual TI meetings through postings, letters, electronic calendar notices and social media. Additionally, a presentation is given to families to demonstrate the components of Title I in their school at the Back-to-School open house in the beginning of the year.
Section C: COMMUNICATIONS
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will take the following actions to provide parents of participating children with (1) Timely information about the Title I programs, (2) Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, (3) transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement and may use Title I funds and (4) Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
In order to maintain timely distribution of information, we will use School Messenger, our school website and social media to inform parents of dates & times. The meetings will be scheduled at various times to accommodate parent availability. In order to ensure that parents are not limited by childcare in order to attend the meeting, parents are welcome to bring younger children to any meeting. Finally, we will use District translators in order to offer translation services for students and parents in different languages. Materials and letters will be written in multiple languages and school-based bi-lingual support counselors will be available to all parents and students. Additionally, the Parent Engagement Policy and compact are posted on the school’s website for viewing.
Section D: SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.
During the Spring Title I meeting, parents are invited to meet with the school leadership and SAC to jointly develop the School-Parent Compact. The School-Parent Compact and Parent and Family Engagement Policy have been jointly-developed with parents during a meeting held on April 20th, 2021 for review of the 2021-2022 documents. In the spring of 2022, a meeting will occur for the next school year.
Section E: RESERVATION OF FUNDS
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will take the following actions to involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent by:
We share budget allotments for the upcoming school year at our annual Winter Title I Parental Input Meeting held on January 20, 2021. During this meeting, parents provide input for spending, including the Title I- 1% Parent Set-aside funds. Additionally, parents are informed of the 1% set-aside during the Back to School Night (Annual TI Meeting) presentation. The money set aside for parent and family engagement is used, specifically, for the production of the student handbooks, which include information on family engagement for the year, and the materials used for conduction of parent workshops.
Section F: COORDINATION OF SERVICES
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:
Woodrow Wilson Middle School’s Parent Resource Center is located on the second floor. Materials, publications and brochures are housed in the center. In addition, shelving is supplied with information and other materials for public view. A copy machine, computers, telephone and conference table are available for use. Informational workshops are planned for parents, including CCTC therapeutic services and the high school application process. We add to the list as needs are expressed to the school.
Section G: BUILDING CAPACITY OF PARENTS
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will build the parents’ capacity for strong parent and family engagement to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following:
Providing parents with a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the achievement levels of the challenging State academic standards; and
Materials and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parent and family engagement
Providing assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
The challenging State’s academic standards
The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
The requirements of Title I, Part A
How to monitor their child’s progress
How to work with educators to improve the achievement of their child
To assist parents, Woodrow Wilson Middle School will email information to families including events, names, time, location and topic. A monthly calendar will be posted on our school’s website, in addition to automated phone calls in order to announce school events and available parent workshops. Additionally, MTSS meetings are held as needed in order to ensure that all students are receiving an equitable education and that parents are involved in the process. Finally there is regular availability to technology for use in our Parent Resource Center.
Section H: BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school by:
In order to build the capacity of the school staff, we will use a variety of strategies. First, all staff are included in a PD in the Fall on communicating with parents. Staff review the SPAC videos and discuss feedback on how to effectively communicate with parents. Also, weekly teacher meetings will be scheduled into teacher rosters in order to discuss ways to work with parents as partners. Additionally, school staff will be taught how to utilize School Messenger in order to communicate with parents and will be trained on the translation resources available such as Language Line. Throughout the school year, staff will be included in conversations centered around the feedback received from parents by the means of the parent survey in order to reflect on best practices for engaging parents. Additionally, staff will have the opportunity to connect and work with parents in order to ensure all students receive equitable educational opportunities during monthly MTSS meetings. Finally, staff will be regularly encouraged to participate in all aspects of family engagement including the School Advisory Council in order to partner with parents and develop relationships.
Woodrow Wilson Middle School will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as parents may request by:
We will engage the school community and develop community partnerships while simultaneously inviting our existing partners to visit our school with ideas to support one another.