A Message From Karon Hayes -The Parent Involvement Liaison
Adhering to federal and state mandates, each year Title I schools survey their parents. The surveys are designed to acknowledge strengths and weaknesses of the attending school, faculty and staff. Among other areas of improvement identified, parents would like to know how to help their child(ren) at home. The lack of parental involvement is the key challenge facing schools. Teachers and principals are eager for parents to be more involved. Parents should know that the school administrators and educators need their participation to help students succeed. According to Hartson (2010), there is a great need to move from current practices to the recognition and application of developmentally appropriate standards. With that stated, please contact Karon Hayes for additional information. All concerns are taken seriously and will be addressed.
Goals of the County-wide Parent Involvement Plans
One of the main goals of each plan is to provide for strong parental involvement. To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the schools, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each Title I School and the Colbert County School System as a whole will:
•· Provide assistance to parents of children served by Title I schools as appropriate in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards, the State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, and how parents can monitor their children's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
•· Send newsletters home providing information on how parents can assist students in meeting academic goals.
•· Assist parents with understanding the assessments and interpreting the reports
•· Provide material and training such as literacy training and using technology to help parents work with their children to improve their children's achievement.
•· Conduct surveys to help develop activities of interest to all families.
Parent Involvement - Statement of Principles/Mission Statement
Colbert County Board of Education believes that the education of children is a cooperative partnership between parents and schools for the benefit of the children. Further, it is our belief that parent participation increases the effectiveness of the Parent/Family Involvement Plan and contributes to the success of the children. Involving all parents in this effort is our mission. The comprehensive goals of our parent involvement programs are:
•· To outline and describe the implementation of policy and improve the overall effectiveness of the policy and plan in improving the academic quality of Title I schools.
•· To identify barriers and challenges within the educational program.
•· To provide materials and suggestions to parents to help promote the education of their children and overcome identified challenges and barriers.
•· To provide accessibility for parents to counselors, teachers, and other educational personnel.
•· To encourage parents to visit their child's classroom to observe activities.
•· To provide opportunities for parent-teacher conferences to discuss a child's progress, placement, and methods parents can use to complement school instruction.
•· To increase parents' awareness of learning activities that are easily done at home, such as literacy activities, reading with children, etc.
•· To promote a thorough understanding of what children are specifically expected to learn by informing parents about the skills required at each grade level.
Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Statement
It is the official policy of the Colbert County School District that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment.