Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy
Preparing Students for Success in an Ever-Changing World Updated 11/2019
Decades of research has shown that when schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school but throughout life. Wayne Preparatory Academy, Inc. (WPA) believes that learning can best take place when there is shared effort, interest, and commitment among students, parents, extended family members, community members, and staff. The goal of this Parent and Family Engagement Policy is to support in a more consistent and effective manner those things already in practice, as well as to generate new ways of strengthening the partnership between school and home.
WPA is committed to providing each student with the tools needed to be successful in life. We understand that our families, school staff and community must work together to make this happen. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 encourages parents and families to participate in all aspects of their child’s education.
Section 1116. Parental and Family Engagement of ESSA states that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in Title I programs in order to receive Title I funds. These funds must be used to implement parental involvement programs that focus on improving academic outcomes for eligible Title I students.
With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, parent and family engagement was given a formal definition as parent involvement as the regular, two-way, and meaningful communication between parents/families with schools involving student learning and other school activities.
The goal of this parent and family engagement plan is to support in a more consistent and effective manner those things already in practice as well as to generate new ways of strengthening the partnership between school and home.
At each school, the partnership between school and home will be supported by:
- Convening an annual meeting in the school to provide information to families about the school and available programs (Title I schools inform parents about the Title I program and activities supported by Title I.)
- Offering a flexible number of engagement meetings, workshops, and parent conferences at convenient times for families that will assist families in improving their children’s achievement (training, resources, etc.)
- Providing opportunities for all families to participate in school activities, including families with disabilities and limited English proficiency
- Involving families in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and evaluating of programs
- Having all parties involved sign a Principal/Teacher/Parent/Student Agreement stating how each will contribute to ensuring the student’s achievement
- Assisting families in understanding state academic content, the North Carolina Accountability Program, state and local assessments, and student performance standards
- Communicating clearly and frequently with families about school policies, programs, and their own children
- Educating school personnel in the value of contributions of families and in how to communicate with and build ties between the family and the school
Wayne Preparatory Academy will provide leadership in the development of clear avenues of family engagement. Full realization of the partnership will be achieved through the ongoing commitment and active participation by both home and school.