The Center for Academic Success, Inc.
2016-2017 Title I Parental Involvement Policy
The Center for Academic Success, Inc. (CAS) is committed to providing a quality education for every student in its district. CAS believes a strong partnership between its schools, parents, students, and communities will increase the educational/academic benefits of all students. Sound communication, cooperative interaction, and a firm commitment to share responsibility for the success of its students are vital factors in the CAS schools Parental Involvement Policy.
Pursuant to Section 1118 of Title I-A, CAS schools shall develop, for all children served under this part, a descriptive document that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. Each Title I school shall provide a copy of this document to the parent(s) of each Title I student. The document will be reviewed yearly for updates and revision.
Center for Academic Success, Inc. Goals
CAS schools will:
* eliminate communication barriers to promote open and timely communication between staff, students, parents, and community members;
* provide rigorous learning opportunities and maintain high expectations to prepare all students for graduation and post-secondary success;
* develop procedures to support a positive climate, and maintain accountability for all district participants;
* provide effective professional development targeting improved student instruction;
* exercise fiscal responsibility through efficient management of resources and operations to maximize student achievement;
* encourage 21st century learning through the use of technology in the teaching and learning process;
* recruit and retain quality personnel dedicated to student success;
* maintain up-to-date facilities which enhance the educational experience for all students
* emphasize integrity, strong character, and community pride throughout the district; and
* provide a safe and drug-free learning environment.
Pursuant to federal law, CAS will implement the following statutory requirements for its Title I schools:
* CAS will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in each of its schools regarding Title I programs. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful, two-way consultation with parents.
* CAS will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school-parent compact.
* CAS will incorporate this district-wide parental involvement policy into its Local Educational Agency (LEA) plan.
* In carrying out the Title I parental involvement requirements, CAS and its five targeted assistance Title I schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents who are disabled, economically disadvantaged, have limited literacy, have limited English proficiency, or are parents of migratory children, regardless of their race or ethnicity. CAS schools will provide information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
* CAS will involve the parents of children served with Title I funds in decisions about how the one percent of Title I funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools, if the required allocation is met by the CAS district.
* If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, CAS will submit any parent comments with the plan when CAS submits the plan to the Arizona Department of Education.
* CAS will be governed by the statutory definition of parental involvement, and ensures that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
The CAS commitment to regular, two-way, and meaningful communication with parents of participating students involving student academic learning and other school activities highlights the CAS belief:
* that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
* that parents want to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; and
* that parents want to be full partners in their child’s education and participate, as appropriate, in decision-making and serve on advisory committees to assist in the education of their children.
Through its Title I schools and parents of Title I students, CAS will educate its teachers, principals, and support staff, (with staff development training) in how to reach out to communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, and how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools
CAS will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist its Title I schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:
* A school meeting of parents, community members, and campus personnel to provide feedback and input on campus plans, policies, and budget allocations.
* The CAS Federal Grants Director will provide support to principals and teachers to promote parent involvement activities.
* The CAS Federal Grants Director will monitor each Title I school to ensure that the following documents are in place:
* A Parent Involvement Policy;
* Flexible meeting times offered to parents to conference with Title I teachers to monitor student progress;
* Sign in sheets to document parent meetings and parent/teacher contacts; and
* Records showing student attendance and academic standing.
CAS will actively involve parents in the development of this policy, and parents will be involved in the process of review and improvement of its district’s parental involvement policy through, but not limited to, the following:
* Parents will be recruited to review and provide feedback the CAS schools.
* Parents will be recruited to participate in all parental activities and meetings;
* Meetings will be scheduled at convenient times and locations so parents can participate in a comprehensive review of policy, budget, and programs for parent involvement.
* Title I information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, shall be provided to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, and in a language the parents can understand.
CAS uses Title I funds to provide targeted assistance services for all Title I students enrolled in the district and shall ensure the following:
* All CAS schools will hold at least one meeting annually to review Title I guidelines and services.
* Copies of the district’s current Parental Involvement Policy will be distributed at the meeting.
* The Parental Involvement Policy will be provided in Spanish, if needed, and will be reviewed and updated.
* The annual meeting will be held at a convenient time and location.
* Notice of the meeting will be provided through school generated information, the district’s website, and the schools’ marquee signs.
* All CAS schools will provide parents of participating children, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions
relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.
* Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their child’s academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
* Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities.
* Arrange school meetings at a variety of times.
The Center for Academic Success will work to increase its schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong cooperation in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the schools, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through various activities.
CAS Title I schools will provide assistance to parents of children served by CAS, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
* The requirements of Title I, Part A
* Arizona’s academic content standards
* Arizona’s student academic achievement standards
* Arizona’s academic assessments including alternate assessments
* How to monitor their child’s academic progress
* How to assist in the performance of their child’s regular school responsibilities
CAS will annually evaluate the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy with the intent of improving the quality of its Title I program. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents—with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or any racial or minority background. CAS will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parent involvement, and to revise the policy if necessary.