Parent Involvement Plan
A. Objectives of the Program
A healthy Parent-School relationship is invaluable. The administrators, faculty and parents of Pineview Elementary believe that a school-family-community partnership is the cornerstone of an excellent educational program. To effectively involve parents in the educational experiences of their children, we must continuously provide opportunities for involvement. Our objective is to utilize the methods that we have found to be successful in reaching parents, utilizing Dr. Joyce Epstein's of Johns Hopkins University framework for six different types of parent involvement.
Joyce Epstein's Framework of Six Types of Involvement
4.LEARNING AT HOME
6.COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITY
Pineview provides various methods and practices for parents to be involved and informed about their children's educational journey. Parents receive communication weekly via the school newsletter, Pineview News, which is published in English, Spanish and Chinese; or by way of individual classroom newsletters. Parents receive a monthly progress report that serves as the interim grading report. Pineview parents receive report cards during Student-Led Conferences. Student-Led Conferences offer students an opportunity to share and assess their personal performance with their parents, in the presence of the classroom teacher. Parents are vital members of all decision-making bodies of the school. Parent Nights and Pineview Parent Town Meetings are sponsored by grade levels and are designed to be Make-and-Take sessions, utilized to inform and educate parents of the latest happening concerning curriculum and assessment. The Pineview Parent Center and Late Night Library offers parents opportunities to check out parenting resources, i.e. books, books on tape, videos and family games that stimulate learning activities in the home. Pineview parents may integrate technology into their home education experiences with the use of Lightspan Stations. Parents may volunteer in the classroom as well as mentor students. Pineview has successfully collaborated with the Callen Neighborhood Association to sponsored Tutorial Center. Pineview will partner with Florida A & M University, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and the Florida Department of Corrections; who provide participants, mentors for one on one and small group instruction. Pineview Elementary strives for excellence in all facets of the educational experience as we learn to share and share to learn we will continue "shaping the world, one student at a time."
1. Help parents understand why they are so important to their children's school success. Point out to parents how much time children spend at home vs. at school (birth to H.S. graduation 15% at school, 85% home & other). Remind parents that they are their children's first & most influential teachers-and that education training is unnecessary. Remind parents how well children mimic them, even when parents don't want them to. Help parents understand how to model the behaviors they want. Discuss in parent meetings, newsletters: "How soon children start learning. "How children copy parents. "How parents can set an example. "How to make use of "bits and pieces" of time with children. "Why parents really are children's first & most influential teachers.
2. Give parents specific things they can do to help their children. "Parents say they don't know what to do. "Parents say they don't have time. "Specific suggestions help. Practical Strategies: Class by class, or school wide, decide on 3 to 5 specific things you would like parents to do at home: 1) Read to your child every day. 2) Ask about school work every day. 3) Tell your child 'I love you' every day. 4) Talk with your child and listen to what she has to say every day. Be Specific With Parents. Provide specific ideas in many ways: "Tell parents face to face. "Give them handouts. "Show them videos. "Demonstrate ideas at meetings. Parents have as many learning styles as their children. When we specifically target what we want, we often get it!
3. Work to win parents' endorsement of your school's educational program. Parents and educators are often different-and always will be. We share a common interest in the well-being of the children. We should respect parents' expertise. We can build respect for school expertise. Win Parents' Endorsement: "Parents and schools each bring unique strengths to the education of children. "We are a TEAM. We each have strengths, weaknesses-neither of us can do the job alone. "Respect must be the basis of our relationship. Practical Strategies: "Discuss each other's strengths at parent and staff meetings. "Discuss how we can support each other. "Share your school's educational goals-and how you plan to accomplish them.
4. Give parents the specific information they want. Do you know parents' top concerns? "How can you find out? "How can you stay up to date? Here are the results of over 100 opinion polls "What is being taught? "How is it being taught? "How are school funds spent? "How are school policies formed? How would parents at your school rank these topics? "Discipline "Peer pressure "Motivation "Self-esteem "Inclusion "ADD & ADHD
5. Know how to get parents to READ what you send home. "One sheet of paper is best. "Use 4th to 6th grade reading level. "Know the 30-3-30 Rule: 80% of the people will spend just 30 seconds reading what you send home; 19% will spend just 3 minutes; 1% will spend 30 minutes. "Use the dollar bill test: A dollar bill, placed any direction, should touch some graphic element-such as: "a bullet, rule, picture, screen, boldface type, underline, different color, etc. Practical Strategies: "Learn what parents want to know. "Provide it very briefly. "Provide it frequently. "Remember-you are not talking to an audience, but a parade!
6. Provide staff training and support for parent involvement. "Most educators have had no such training. "Many fear parents and avoid them. "Training and support build understanding-which overcomes fear. Staff Training and Support: "Share research findings. "Jointly develop ideas the whole school can implement. "Jointly develop ideas individual staff members can implement. "Provide a steady drip of parent involvement information. "Spotlight successful staff practice. "Provide non-threatening social activities so staff can meet parents. More Strategies: "Ask staff with successful experience to talk with others. "Invite speakers to staff meetings. "Hold school workshops. "Make telephones and note cards available to staff.
7. Provide training and support for parents. "Most parents have had no involvement training "Many fear educators and avoid them. "Training and support build understanding-which overcomes fear. "Share research findings-parents are interested, too. "Help parents share ideas with each other (network). "Jointly develop a list of important topics. "Provide non-threatening social activities so parents and staff can meet. "Stress the importance of what parents do every day at home.
8. Recognize and Reward Exemplary Parent Involvement Practice. "Most parents and staff are starved for recognition and encouragement. "A little makes a big difference! Recognize Exemplary Practice of Staff: "The most parent phone calls. "The most home visits. "The most notes to parents. "The best idea to involve parents. "The most parent visits to class. "The most parent group members. Recognize Exemplary Practice of Parents: "The most books read aloud. "The most improved grades. "The most class visits. "The most help to teachers. "The best idea to help their child. "The most help to your parent group.
9. Ensure Your Success by Making a Plan "Specifically, how will you get staff involved? "Specifically, what will you ask parents to do? We Must Have a Plan "Having a plan does not guarantee success. "Not having a plan does guarantee failure!
10. Adapt Ideas That Have Worked for Others. Why try to reinvent the wheel? There are lots of proven ideas ready for you to use: "Remember the 3 Fs for success: 1) Food, 2) Families, 3) Fun. "Establish a friendly contact early in the year-In Time of Peace! "Remember to stress Two-Way communication.Tomorrow's society is diverse in people in people, ideologies and more. We value and appreciate the gift of diversity. At Pineview Elementary School, we appreciate the genuineness of parents and strive to foster partnerships in our community, which nurture our most precious resource, our children. Utilizing Dr. Joyce Epstein's of Johns Hopkins University framework for six different types of parent involvement, it is our sincere desire to lay the foundation necessary to develop young, caring and productive citizens who are able to function successfully in global community. Our presentation focuses on specific opportunities for parents and community to be involved in the entire process of their child's education. Lastly, we aspire to engage all stakeholders in our journey. The real life experiences and concerns we all bring to the table act as the cement in our foundation.
Parents and community partners will be actively involved in school improvement, the learning environment and educational accountability.
1. Provide grade level parent workshops.
2. Continue school wide bi-weekly newsletters and bi-weekly class news.
3. Continue to expand the duties of the Parent Program Specialist to include community outreach. (Program Specialist)
4. Continue to encourage the use of the target language (Spanish) within and beyond the school setting. (K-5)
5. Continue to send Pineview bi-weekly newsletter to community agencies.
6. Continue to hold school information meetings for daycare, community centers, pre-schools and churches.
7. Continue to conduct home visits as needed to confer with parents and to meet the students' academic and social developmental needs.
8. Continue to use Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences to report student progress. (K-5)
9. Revise and distribute grade level Parent Handbooks
10. Continue the use of Parent Contact Logs and positive parent contacts.
11. Parents, students, and teachers will sign the Parent-School Compacts during the 1st grading period of school.
12. Implement the usage of SUN Microsystems into the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classroom curriculum.