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Title I School-Level Parental Involvement

Linden Elementary School

Linden Elementary School has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from Title I parents. Title 1 parent input opportunities have been made available at parent Title 1 meetings and at our Back To school Night presentation and Kindergarten Orientation. It has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students at School Site Council meetings, our school website, and newsletters. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) inclusive}

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program

To involve parents in the Title I program at [School Name], the following practices have been established:

The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program.

· A Title 1 parent meeting is held at the beginning and middle of the school year to explain Title 1 requirements and the right of parents to be involved in the Title 1 program.

The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening.

· The Title 1 parent meetings are held on a rotating basis to accommodate parents. The first trimester meeting is held before school and the second trimester meeting is held after school.

The school involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy.

· Title 1 representation is included in our School Site Council. This entity meets six times a year, the second Thursday of the month. School Site Council also reviews the Single Plan for Student Achievement, which includes the Parent Involvement Policy review.

The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.

· Timely information about Title 1 programs is made available to parents through school bi-weekly newsletters, Title 1 parent meetings, School Site Council, and School Messenger.

The school provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

· Title 1 parents receive information on curriculum, assessments, and expected proficiency levels for students at parent conferences and Title 1 parent meetings. Parents also may request teacher meetings at any time.

If requested by parents of Title I students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

· Title 1 parents are invited to attend School Site Council, Parent Teacher Club, and encouraged to meet with the principal to discuss any educational interests for their child or receive information about an existing program. These opportunities are posted in the school newsletter.

School-Parent Compact

Linden Elementary School distributes to parents of Title I students a school-parent compact. The compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. It describes specific ways the school and families will partner to help children achieve the State’s high academic standards. It addresses the following legally required items, as well as other items suggested by parents of Title I students:

The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction

The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning

The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class; and opportunities to observe classroom activities.

· Linden Elementary offers opportunity for Title 1 parent input for School-Parent Compact at our first School Site Council meeting, the first trimester Title 1 parent meeting, and through dialog with the principal.

Building Capacity for Involvement

Linden Elementary School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices.

The school provides Title I parents with assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.

· Opportunity to provide Title 1 parents with understanding of academic standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve achievement is provided at teacher conferences and Title 1 parent meetings, and, if necessary, SST meetings.

The school provides Title I parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement.

· Teacher – Parent conferences can be accommodated on request of either parent or teacher. Classroom volunteer opportunities provide appropriate instructional modeling for parents. Linden Elementary partners with Title 1 county programs to provide materials to Title 1 identified students.

With the assistance of Title I parents, the school educates staff members about the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal partners.

· Professional Development is provided at staff meetings by guest Title 1 parents to make teachers aware of value of contributions by Title 1 parents and how to work together as equal partners. Teachers are also encouraged to attend Title 1 meetings to learn more about Title 1 parent concerns and questions.

The school coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

· Linden Elementary School partners with SJCOE and County programs to provide support through activities and encouragement for parents to participate in educating their children.

The school distributes Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I parents in a format and language that the parents understand.

· Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and activities is made available to Title 1 parents in English and Spanish in bi-weekly newsletters, our website, and School Messenger.

The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I parents.

· Translators are made available to support Spanish speaking parents in meetings, classroom presentations, and other activities requested by Title 1 parents.


Linden Elementary School provides opportunities for the participation of all Title I parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand.

· Communication to parents, including report cards, newsletters, website, and related health alerts from the nurse are provided to Title 1 parents in English and Spanish.