PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

The Importance of Parent and Family Engagement

According to A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, a research review published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in 2002, students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to: earn higher grades and test scores, and re-enroll in high-level programs, be promoted, pass their classes, earn credits, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, adapt well to school, graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

Supporting families to be more involved at school and better informed about what children are learning in class must become a widely-used strategy for improving learning and addressing the achievement gap. Programs and extra special efforts to engage parents makes a difference. Effective outreach practices with families include, sending learning materials home, and maintaining consistent contact about progress. Workshops for parents on helping their children are aligned to higher reading and math scores.

November 8, 2022: Title I & Family Engagement Steering Committee Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm via Zoom

December 13, 2022:

Title I & Family Engagement Steering Committee Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm via Zoom


January 24, 2023:

Title I & Family Engagement Steering Committee Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm @ SDC, M-1


March 21, 2023:

Title I & Family Engagement Steering Committee Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm @ SDC, M-1


May 9, 2023:

Title I & Family Engagement Steering Committee Meeting 5:30-7:00 pm @ SDC, M-1


Parents' Right to Know


Parent Involvement is an essential part of Title I and the success of all schools. Parents have the right to help plan and review the schoolwide programs, volunteer their time, and join the Title I Parent Advisory Council Steering Committee. All schools that receive Title I funding must work with parents to create and distribute a written parent involvement policy that outlines the district and school's expectations for parent involvement, and aligns with the district's parent involvement policy.

Title I schools must notify parents of their rights to request information on the qualifications of their child's teacher and instructional assistant, including the degrees held, certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in the area he/she is teaching. Title I schools must notify parents if their child has been assigned or is being taught, by a teacher who is not Highly Qualified.

Parents in Title I Schools:

  • Must be a part of developing a written parent involvement policy for all school parents and the local community

  • Have a right to be involved in the planning and implementation of the parent involvement policy in their school

  • Can receive materials and training for parents and staff to foster greater parental engagement

  • Must have the opportunity to develop, with the school staff, a school-parent contract that outlines how parents, the school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improving student academic achievement



Parent Resources

It is very important for parents to be equipped with additional tools to provide support and encourage their child to learn. Parental involvement is crucial to a child's success in school. To help increase your child's capacity to learn, click on the links below and follow some of the tips identified. Additional support and resources are also available at each school.

Family Academy Email Address: Family_Academy@dpsnc.net

DPS Family Academy Website: https://www.dpsnc.net/family-academy

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DPSFamilyAcademy/

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