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Title I Parent Policy
  Title I Schools - Working Together to Make a Difference 
 
Purpose of Title I 
 
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. There are many components of Title I and one that we believe makes a significant difference is parental involvement. By parent, we are referring to a natural parent, a legal guardian or other person responsible for the child's welfare. 
 

Making a Difference 
Parental involvement has always been a centerpiece of Title I. Parental involvement is defined as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, ensuring: 
* that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning; 
* that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school; 
* that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
 

Families have a significant influence on their child's achievement in school and in life. When we take a team approach by including schools, families, and community groups to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.

Studies have found that students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to: 
* earn high grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs; 
* pass their classes, earn credits, and be promoted; 
* attend school regularly; and 
* graduate and go on to postsecondary education. 
 

Through Title I programming, we offer resources for parents in supporting student learning at both the district and school level. Please continue to work with your child's school to support his/her needs. In addition, we offer services through our Parent Resource Centers. Contact information for these centers is located below. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to be the key to your child's success. 
 

More information about our Parent Resource Centers is also available by visiting 
            Eden                                                             Reidsville
                   1130 Center Church Road                          212 Lawsonville Avenue
                   Douglass Education Center                       Lawsonville School Building
                   (336) 623-8098                                              (336) 342-8588

In the words of Brian Tracey, "If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings."
 

References and more information regarding Title I and/or Parental Involvement can be located by visiting:
http://www.sedl.org/connections/toolkit/toolkit-titleI-parent-inv.pdf
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html

Title I/Parent Involvement:
 
Douglass Elementary School is one of the district’s thirteen elementary schools designated as a Title I School, receiving federal subsidies to enhance learning opportunities for all students. Title I components include: instructional staff support, parent and community involvement, technology resources, and instructional materials.

The staff at Douglass Elementary School strives to provide a safe, positive, learning
environment while setting high standards, encouraging respect for diversity, and recognizing individual needs. We will seek to develop a strong partnership with staff, students, families, and the community to reach our goals of excellence for all of our students at Douglass Elementary School.

In order to develop a strong partnership between home, family, and community, we will
provide the following:
* Copy of the Title I Parent Involvement Policy and a welcome letter located in the Douglass Elementary School       Handbook;
* Invitation to a Title I Annual meeting to be held in conjunction with Curriculum Night;
* Opportunities for parental involvement in the Douglass Elementary School’s School
Improvement Plan and Parent Involvement Policy. Parent representatives will be elected to our school leadership team by ballot at our Open House;
* Teacher/Student/Parent Compact to encourage a school and home partnership in the responsibility of learning for all students;
* Assessment of parental involvement needs, concerns, and interests through parent surveys, parent workshop evaluations, and parent meetings;
* Flexible parent meetings/training sessions planned according to the assessed needs of Douglass Elementary parents and students. The meetings will include information pertaining to the Common Core State Standards, the NC Testing program, and grade level expectations;
* Timely information to parents concerning upcoming events and classroom
visitations through newsletters, calendars, signs, Douglass Elementary School’s web page with teacher websites, and contact information;
* A goal of 100% for parent/teacher conferences;
* ESL assistance during parent/teacher conferences, parent trainings, and other school activities;
* Information about the Parent Resource Centers and the Homework Assistance Line through class newsletters and conferences;
* Ongoing communication with parents through weekly “take home” folders and planners for student work and parent information;
* Maintain open communication between school and home that encourages parents to be supportive of our school and have a voice in the education of their children.

For the Rockingham County Schools Parent Involvement Policy, see RCS Board of Education Policy 1320/3560 at ww.rock.k12.nc.us
Last Modified on February 11, 2016
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