TITLE 1 PARENT ENGAGEMENT POLICY
Ferderbar Elementary School
Mrs. Pamela Haggerty, Title I Literacy Specialist
Mrs. Jennifer Pinson, Title I Literacy Specialist
Mr. Andre Modica, Principal
The Title I Program at Ferderbar Elementary School is part of a wide range of educational experiences which assists students in obtaining skills needed to succeed in school and life. We are dedicated to the belief that parent engagement is integral to the SUCCESS of each student. The Title I Program at Ferderbar actively recruits parents as our partners for success. Parents will be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the school's engagement policy.
We serve to provide a smaller, more intimate educational setting for those families who are invited to participate. This setting is one in which parents, students and teachers can confidently work together toward accomplishing shared goals. Our population is also constantly changing, with families from diverse backgrounds, resulting in the need for the kind of flexible grouping and differentiated instruction which our Title I program provides. Support staff services in the areas of guidance, speech, and special education work together to meet individual academic and behavioral needs in coordination with the classroom teachers and the Title I staff.
The Title 1 Parents are involved in the planning, review and improvement of this policy.
- An annual meeting and Open House will be held in the fall to inform parents of the school's participation in the Title I Program and to explain the requirements of the program and their right to be involved.
- Parents are informed by written communication early in the school year that their children are eligible to work with the Reading Specialists in our Title I Program.
- Opportunities for regular meetings are provided for parents if they so request to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. This includes parent teacher conferences.
- Parents are provided with relevant and timely information about the Title I Program in the form of newsletters throughout the year.
- A Ferderbar Elementary School Home School Compact was jointly developed with parents. The Compact outlines how parents, the teacher and the student will share responsibility for student achievement. Parents are asked to review with their children.
- Interested parents are provided with information about the professional qualifications of the Title I teachers who work with their children.
- Parents will be kept informed of their child's academic strengths and weaknesses through teacher conferences held during the year. A conference may be convened at any time by parent request.
- Parent meetings, workshops, and conferences may be held at different times during the school day, -after school or evening to meet the needs of working- parents.
- Title I funds may be used to pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities, including transportation, child care, or home visit expenses to enable parents to participate in school related meetings and training sessions.
- Parents have the opportunity to serve on the Parent Advisory Council and participate in making decisions regarding allocation of parent involvement funds, the Home School Compact, the Parent Involvement Policy and the Title I curriculum.
- Parents are invited to attend the Bucks County Title 1 Coordinators Annual Workshop for Parents held at the intermediate Unit #22 in Doylestown every March.
- Parents are provided with a description and explanation of the methods used in the Title I Program, and the forms of assessments used to measure student progress and determine proficiency levels.
- Parents are invited to meetings/workshops conducted during the year where they can learn how to work with their child at home more effectively.
- Parents will receive home activities so that they can support literacy growth.
- Parents are offered opportunities to observe instruction during their child's Title I time. They are also welcome to participate in and help with activities.
- When necessary, Title I staff will arrange to provide information to limited English proficient parents orally in a language that they understand.
- Parents will be asked to complete and return an end-of-year survey of the Title 1 Program, helping to determine its SUCCESS in raising student achievement as well as its effectiveness in increasing parent involvement.
- This written Parent Involvement Policy is aligned with District Policy and is updated annually.
- Parents are invited to participate in the joint development of a Schoolwide Program Plan under section 1 1 1 4. Please contact the building principal, Andre Modica, if you would like to participate.