(TO) Parent Involvement
Title I, Part A-Parental Involvement
Title I, Part A provides for substantive parental involvement at every level of the program, such as in the development and implementation of the State and local plan, and in carrying out the LEA and school improvement provisions. Studies have found that students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to earn high grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs; pass their classes, earn credits, and be promoted; attend school regularly; and graduate and go on to postsecondary education.
Norwood Public Schools Title I Program is dedicated to providing quality education for every student in our program. To accomplish this objective, we strive to develop and maintain partnerships with parents and community members. Effective connections between home and school will help to promote productive learning conditions for every child. These open communication lines will expand and enhance learning opportunities.
Parents… You can influence the success of your child in school more that any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I and school program at your school, you will:
- Serve as a role model, showing your child that you support his/her education.
- Assure that you are aware of your child’s educational progress, thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
- Teach your student that your input at school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.
Research shows that how well a child does in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
- Joining local school/parent organizations (PTA/ PTO).
- Supporting school extra-curricular activities.
- Volunteering at the school.
- Attending parent –teacher conferences.
- Communication with your child’s teacher regularly, by writing notes, telephoning the school, using email, etc.
- Keeping your child’s teacher informed about events in your child’s life which may affect his/her performance at school.
- Discussing with your child’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement.
Parent Involvement Policy
Norwood Public Schools
The Norwood Public Schools recognizes that parents/families are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that continued parental involvement in the education of children/youth contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment.
When schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. Three decades of research have shown that parental participation in schooling improves student learning. Such participation of parents and families is critical not only in the very beginning of the educational process, but throughout a child’s entire academic career.
A child’s education is shared by the school and family during the entire period the child spends in school. To support the goal of the school district to educate all students effectively, staff and parents must work as knowledgeable partners. The Norwood Public Schools, in collaboration with parents, shall establish programs and practices that enhance parent involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.
To this end, the Norwood Public Schools and the Title I Parent Council supports the development, implementation and regular evaluation of parental involvement in each school and at the district level, which will involve parents at all grade levels in a variety of roles. The parent involvement will be comprehensive and coordinated in nature. They will include, but not limited to, the following components of successful parent involvement programs:
- Communication: Communication between home and school is regular, two-way and meaningful.
- Parenting: Responsible parenting is promoted and supported.
- Student Learning: Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning and in working with and supporting the classroom teacher.
- Volunteering: Parents are welcome and needed in the school, and their support and assistance are sought.
- School Decision Making and Advocacy: Parents are partners and should contribute to the decisions that affect children and families when appropriate.
- Collaborating with the Community: Community resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning.
The Norwood Public Schools supports professional development opportunities for staff members to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies. The Norwood Public Schools also recognizes the importance of administrative leadership insetting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation.
Engaging parents is essential to improving student achievement. Norwood Public Schools shall foster and support active parent involvement.