The purpose of Parent and Family Engagement under Title I, Part A is to promote active engagement among local educational agencies (LEA) administrators, school staff, parents, parent advocacy organizations, parental involvement liaisons, community leaders, and others working to improve student achievement and academic success. Family Engagement is defined as the participation of parents in regular two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities:
- Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
- Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.
- Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision making as well as being a part of the advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
- Parent Liaisons serve as a link between the schools and parents, relay the needs of one to the other; educate teachers and staff on how to communicate and work effectively with parents as equal partners.
Special Education Department is determined to increase parent outreach to identify and potentially reduce or eliminate barriers, and any cultural or other concerns that parents may have about seeking out school personnel and reporting their concern about their child’s academic, behavioral, or social emotional needs. Engaging parents would strengthen community and school partnership and increase parent’s advocacy for their child’s education and. Expanding parent’s knowledge of school and community resources will further build their capacity to navigate the school system and access resources.
Director of Special Education