A Rethinking of Title I Parental Involvement – Moving to a Systemic Plan for Sustained Family Engagement

Carl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Ronn Friend, Team Leader for Technical Assisatance, U. S. Department of Education; Danita Woodley , Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education present this session at the 2011 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL.

The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) blueprint to reauthorize Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reflects the importance of strengthening and supporting family engagement both through specific programs designed to involve families and communities and through policies that will empower and engage families. The proposal will require that districts and schools develop comprehensive, systemic plans for sustained family engagement, and fund those plans with at least 2 percent of their funds from the Title I, Part A, program. Rather than implementing a checklist of activities, districts and schools will use family engagement strategies that increase student achievement and create a welcoming environment, open communication, and strong collaboration between families and their children’s teachers, schools, and districts. Staff from ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the proposed changes to the ESEA.

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