Building Capacity for Parental Involvement

The Building Capacity for Parental Involvement Title I training module was developed by the Office of Title I Program Planning and Accountability in collaboration with the regional and county education offices, the office of Abbott Implementation, the Office of Academic and Professional Standards (NJPEP), the Office of Program Support Services (Even Start Family Literacy), the Office of Specialized Populations (bilingual) and the Region III Comprehensive Center (R3CC). Two focus groups were conducted on October 21, 2004 and November 29, 2004 to receive input from parental involvement stakeholder organizations such as the Region III Comprehensive Center Laboratory for Student Success (LSS) at Temple University, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), and parents.

The purpose of the module is to enable Title I districts and schools, including those schools identified as in need of improvement, to build capacity to increase parental involvement at the school level, work in collaboration with parents, and articulate information to parents in a clear, understandable, and practical manner according to the No Child Left Behind legislation on parental involvement (Sections 1111 and 1118).

The presentation has been structured around twelve questions that address parental involvement. The questions are critical to the articulation of Title I policies and programs at the district and school level to build capacity for parental involvement.

Question One: Why is it important for districts and schools to understand NCLB?
Question Two: How does NCLB support parental involvement? 
Question Three: What level of funding has been set aside for parental involvement at the district and school level? 
Question Four: Why should states, districts, and schools collaborate with parents? 
Question Five: How does NCLB define parental involvement?
Question Six: Is there supporting research that says parental involvement really makes a difference?
Question Seven: What barriers must be acknowledged for districts and schools to implement effective parental involvement practices?
Question Eight: What is Parents’ Right-to-Know?
Question Nine: What are the nuts and bolts for building capacity for parental involvement?
Question Ten: How can districts and schools incorporate effective practices, models, and family literacy services into their program?
Question Eleven: How are parental involvement practices monitored?
Question Twelve: What resources are available to assist districts and schools in understanding parental involvement?

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