Parental involvement is a combination of commitment and active participation on the part of parent to the school and to the student. As parents you can ensure that your child receives the benefits from parental involvement by staying up to date on what is happening in the classroom.
Tulsa Public Schools is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he or she needs to succeed in school and beyond. As a result, these involvement opportunities empower parents to take action. By connecting parents to school officials, community members, other parents, knowledge, and powerful allies, these opportunities build bridges and networks that support schools and sustain whole communities.
In order to effectively communicate with parents, we utilize an electronic mailing system that sends important information via e-mail. Please ensure the school has your email address so you can be included in the distribution. Please contact Lisa Davis to be added to the mailing list.
THOREAU ACADEMY PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PLAN
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each school that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy that contains information required by section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (parental involvement policy).
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PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Thoreau Academy agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
• Consistent with section 1118, the school will work to ensure that the required school level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of theESEA.
• Schools will notify parents of the policy in a nunderstandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
• In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in language parents understand.
• If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section l 114(b) of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency (schooldistrict).
• The school will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the 1 percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
• The school will build its own and the parent's capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the communityto improve student academic achievement.
• The school will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA as the parents may request.
• The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with thisdefinition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring-
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school
(C) that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included,as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
1. Thoreau Academy will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its school parental involvement plan under section 1118 of the ESEA: (List actions)
2.Thoreau Academy will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA: Power point presentation
3. The Thoreau Academy will hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will convene the meeting at a time convenient for parents and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting, and will encourage them to attend, by: Ehowls and SchoolConnects automated calling system
4. Thoreau Academy will provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school's curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children's progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet by: Ehowls andweekly teacher agenda
5. Thoreau Academy will at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by: Ehowls andmeetings
6. Thoreau Academy will provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading by: sending an Ehowl to the OK state parent portal for access to assessments
7. Thoreau Academy will take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002) by: Ehowl notifications
8. Thoreau Academy will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph-
• the state's academic content standards,
• the state's student academic achievement standards,
• the state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
• the requirements of Part A,
• how to monitor their child's progress, and
• how to work with educators: (List activities, such as workshops, conferences, classes, both in state and out-of state, including any equipment or other materials that may be necessary to ensure success.)
9. Thoreau Academy will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by Ehowls and parent/student reading/math activities
10. Thoreau Academy will, with the assistance of its parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by: Ehowls
11. Thoreau Academy will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs. The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by: NA
12. Thoreau Academy will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand: Ehowls and administration meeting times on Monday and Thursday
PART Ill. DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENT
NOTE: The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional paragraphs listing and describing other discretionary activities that the school district, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents' capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:
• involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training;
• providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;
• paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school related meetings and training sessions;
• training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
• arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children's education;
• adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;
• establishing a school parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;
• developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.
District Involvement Information
- Stay Connected - TPS social media and smartphone app
- Tulsa Council of PTAs
- National PTA
- Booster Clubs/PTAs sanctioned organizations
- Parents as Teachers
- Student and Family Guide to Success (includes the Behavior Response Plan)
- Achieving. Classroom Excellence (ACE) Parental Curriculum Choice Letter
- Logrando la Excelencia en el Salón de Clases Carta hacia los Padres para la Selección de Currículo
- Parent Guide | Guía para Padres
- Parents Right To Know | El Derecho a Saber de los Padres
- Parent and Family Engagement Policy
- Educational Surrogate Parents Program
- All students need parental support to succeed. The Educational Surrogate Parents Program responds to the need for support and representation of students with disabilities whose parents are not available. This program relies on the commitment of volunteers who support a student's education by advocating for him/her to ensure that the student receives a free and appropriate public education.