Title I Involvement

Minnesota Transitions Charter School District Title I Parent Involvement Plan 2010-2011

Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTS) is committed to providing quality education for every child in the district. MTS acknowledges that parent collaboration is a big component to the success of accomplishing this goal. When families and schools work together to promote student learning and achievement everyone gains. MTS can not do this alone. By working pro-actively with families, stepping stones can be created for MTS and parents to participate together to further students’ education.

Families and teachers might wish that the school could do the job alone. But today’s school needs families, and today’s families need the school. In many ways, this mutual need may be the greatest hope for change.

- Dorothy Rich

Minnesota Transitions Charter School has been approved for a Title One School wide program since 2003. Each year, to date, the plan has been updated and improved according to the needs of our district and schools.

Updates to the parent involvement plan will be through out this section of the plan.

PART I. DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS

 

Each school district must establish the district’s expectations for parent involvement. [Section 1118(a)(2), ESEA.]

The Minnesota Transitions Charter School agrees to implement the following requirements:

  • MTS will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title 1 programs. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
  • MTS will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level Parent Involvement Plan meets the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school-parent compact.
  • MTS will incorporate this district-wide Parent Involvement Plan into its district plan.
  • In carrying out the Title I parent involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, MTS and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parent of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and , to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
  • If MTS ‘s plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to Minnesota Department of Education.
  • MTS will involve the parents of children served in Title I schools in decisions about how the one percent of Title I funds reserved for parent involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools. (Only applicable for $500,000 or more.)
  • MTS will inform parents and parent organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parent Information and Resource Center in Minnesota (i.e., Minnesota Parent Center, Bloomington, MN)

 

PART II. DISTRICT PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN REQUIRED COMPONENTS

 

  1. Minnesota Transitions Charter School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development/revision of its district involvement plan:
  • Parents will be included in revising of the parent involvement plan by attending and becoming a member of the Title One Committee meetings.
  • Meetings at opportune times –planning, reviewing, and improvements to be discussed
  • Notification of student selection/qualification for Title I program by written explanation, including information pertaining to program and to provide contact information for any questions parents may have can be addressed
  • Parents will receive regular communication consisting of monthly calendars, mailings, telephone communication and website access of upcoming events.
  • Schedule Parental Visitation Nights such as Fall Open House, Academic Title One Nights, Annual District Meeting
  • Needs Assessment Surveys/Evaluations
  1. Minnesota Transitions Charter School will involve parents in the joint development of district plan, review and improvement.

A. The district will involve parents in Shared Decision Making committees consisting of parents/teachers/administrators for revision of the Title I Plan by:

  • Determine goals and objectives for the new school year
  • Continued participation in the School improvement Planning and Revision Suggestion boxes in various locations for parent input
  • District Report Card posted on State Website
  • Needs Assessment Surveys and Evaluations

B. Parent will be informed about the school report card:

  • The MTS website (MTS.org) will post the state web address for viewing the results of NCLB for MTS,
  • Provide copies of the NCLB Report Card or LEA School Report Card will be available at each building site,
  • Providing a link to the Minnesota Transitions School Report Card on the Minnesota Department website
  • Brochures displayed on how to read the NCLB Report Card and individual student state reports
  • Disseminating and discussing the MCAII scores at the Parent-Teacher conferences.

C. The district will notify the parents of any building/program in the MTS district

that has been identified for needs improvement by NCLB:

  • Sending the information home explaining the needs status and level of their individual buildings
  • Notify parents by letter of the educational rights of the children according to the needs level of the school.

D. The district will consult parents about the district plan for improvement by:

  • Conducting Title One Parent committee meetings where parents are invited to join the committee and be representatives for all the parents
  • Scheduling four Parent events (dinners or breakfast) with the agenda to update parents on the improvement plan
  • District wide annual meeting.

E. The district will conduct staff development for implementing effective strategies

for parent involvement:

  • At the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) meetings staff will collaborate on strategies which will encourage more parent involvement in the classroom and school Notice will be sent home in a timely manner of when family night activities take place and flyers will be posted of events that involve parents in MTS buildings
  • Staff Development on creating classroom volunteering opportunities for parents Staff collaboration and development of Video of class expectations (opportunities) per grade sent home
  • “First Call” teachers make to parents are of positive behavior and events in class Individual classroom teachers keep MTS web page updated with pertinent Information about classroom celebrations and upcoming events (tests, assignments, etc.)
  • Use of Skyward to keep parents informed of individual student progress and class assignments.
  • Using Email newsletters teachers announce classroom volunteering opportunities and classroom events.

3. Minnesota Transitions Charter School will provide the following necessary

coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I schools in

planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

  • Parents with access to the internet outside of school can view student’s progress and attendance through skyward.
  • Teachers communicate through emails, when available, of monthly classroom volunteering opportunities and classroom events
  • Parents will have access to teacher’s school email address to communicate with teachers regarding classroom questions and matters
  • Individual classroom teachers keep MTS web page updated with pertinent information about classroom celebrations and upcoming events (tests, assignments, etc.)
  • Skylink phone system is used to notify parents/guardians when students are absent or notify them about special events taking place at each building
  • Notify parents of all Tutoring opportunities available through MTS Technology High School.
  • Parents will receive instructions on how to monitor students’ progress using Skyward.

In addition to the above activities the Elementary and Middle School will also include the following:

  • Sharing methods on how to establish routing family reading and Math time at home with your child; Making cards, Reading aloud/questioning; Flashcards/Concentration; Board games; learning game sites.
  • Encouraging parents to model good reading habits and monitor homework
  • Inviting all parents/students to the Math and Reading Night planned by the Title I program
  • Providing researched based activities, materials, and information on strategies for practical application which accelerate learning/growth in the areas of Reading and Math.
  • Supplying take-home activities
  • List of educational websites will be distributed to parents for use at home
  • MtS will conduct Math and Reading Title I parent nights to inform parents on ways to help support student learning at home
  • Providing resources and hands-on experience with technology using the school computer lab.

4. Minnesota Transitions Charter School will build the schools’ and parents ‘capacity for strong parent involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

A. The school district will, with the assistance of its title I schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph—

  • The state’s academic content standards,
  • The state’s students academic achievement standards,
  • The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
  • The requirements of Title I,
  • How to monitor their child’s progress, and
  • How to work with educators.

MTS will provide the following activities to ensure success:

  • Parent/Teacher Conferencing will be planned twice a year for parents and teachers to discuss state, classroom assessments and student progress
  • Parents will be receive instruction on how to monitoring student progress through Skyward
  • Open door policy that invites parents to visit and ask questions
  • Elementary and Middle School will conduct four parent events (dinners or breakfast) to support parent knowledge of state academic state standards, assessments and Title I requirements.
  • Annual meeting to inform parents of Title I requirements
  • On-going displays in Building and school office
  • Brochures displayed on how to read the NCLB Report Card and individual student state reports
  • Information is available in building office of State standards and State assessments
  • Parent opportunities for volunteering posted in Office and entrance of schools
  • Parents will be provided with a syllabus for the year of the academic essentials and expectations for their child’s school year. (MTS Website and Notices sent home)
  • MTS will provide transportation as needed to enable parents to participate in school related meetings and activities.

B. The school district will, with the assistance of its title I schools and parents, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parent involvement by:

  • Providing materials on to monitor student progress through Skyward
  • Sharing methods on how to establish routing family reading time at home with your child; Making cards, Reading aloud/Questioning; Flashcards/Concentration; Board games; Learning game sites
  • Encouraging parents to model good reading habits and monitor homework
  • Inviting all parents/students to the Reading Night planned by the Title I program
  • Providing researched based activities, materials, and information on strategies for practical application which accelerate learning/growth in the areas of phonemic Awareness, phonics/word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency
  • Supplying take-home stories
  • List of educational websites will be distributed to parents for use at home
  • MTS Elementary and Middle schools will conduct Math and Reading Title I parent nights to inform parents on ways to help support student learning at home
  • Providing resources and hands-on experience with technology using the school computer lab.

C. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:

  • Title I Committees
  • Engaging in regular staff development as designated by the district
  • Cooperating with the Metro ECSU Office of Education
  • Parental access to the District website in order to inform about curriculum, assessment, and classroom events
  • Variety of guest speakers to in-service teacher connections with parents and relationship building initiatives.

D. The School district will take the following actions to ensure that Title I 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 extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:

  • Notices, calendars, and /or by phone Notices of all Title I events will be posted in various places in each building and the offices of each building
  • Flyers, packets, the school website, etc. in order in inform parents concerning topics aforementioned
  • All notices will be translated into the various languages within our district for all ELL families.

5. The School District will coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head start, Reading First, Early Reading first, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other 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:

  • Inviting parents to volunteer in classrooms to experience core curriculum
  • Encouraging parent participation on school trips

6. MTS will take the flowing actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent involvement plan in improving the quality of its title I schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parent involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parent involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parent involvement plan.

  • Needs Assessment Surveys and Evaluations
  • Notices, calendars, and /or by phone Notices of all Title I events will be posted in various places in each building and the offices of each building
  • Flyers, packets, the school website, etc. in order in inform parents concerning topics aforementioned
  • All notices will be translated into the various languages within our district for all ELL families.

7. MTS will involve parents in the decisions regarding how funds reserved for parent

involvement activities:

PART III. OPTIONAL DISTRICT PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN COMPONENTS:

MTS District Parent Involvement Plan may include additional paragraphs listing and describing other discretionary activities that the school district, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionally activities:

  • Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.
  • Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.
  • Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
  • Train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
  • In order to maximize parent involvement and participation in their children’s education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school.
  • Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parent involvement.
  • Establish a district apparent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent involvement in Title I, Part A programs.
  • Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parent involvement activities.
  • Provide other reasonable support for parent involvement activities under section n1118 as parents may request.

PART IV. ADOPTION

MTS District Parental Involvement Plan has established/revised jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I programs, as evidenced by meeting minutes.