ASD Parent Advisory Council Meeting Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 Department of Grants and Development
title 1 • The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB Act) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and is based on four principles that provide a framework through which families, educators, and communities can work together to improve teaching and learning. • Accountability for results-shared accountability between schools and parents for high achievement • Local control and flexibility- local development of parental involvement plans with sufficient flexibility to address local needs • Expanded parental choice-school choice & supplemental educational services (tutoring) for eligible children in low-performing schools • Effective and successful programs that reflect scientifically based research- building teachers & parents’ capacity for using effective practices to improve children’s academic achievement
Title 1, Part A parental involvement • The new Title I, Part A is designed not only to help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers, but also to change the culture of America’s schools so that success is defined in terms of student achievement and schools invest in every child. • As indicated by the parental involvement provisions in Title I, Part A, the involvement of parents in their children’s education and schools is critical to that process. • Three decades of research provide convincing evidence that parents are an important influence in helping their children achieve high academic standards. When schools collaborate with parents to help their children learn and when parents participate in school activities and decision-making about their children’s education, children achieve at higher levels. Schools can’t improve without the help of parents
Family-School Connection Enlace entre la Escuela y la Familia
Mission & Vision Our Mission: To help all families obtain the resources needed to support their children in becoming successful citizens at home, in school, and in the community. Our Vision: To empower all families to become active participants in their child’s education. Nuestra Misión: Apoyar a todas las familias para obtener los recursos necesarios para ayudar a que sus hijos sean ciudadanos ejemplares en la casa, en la escuela y en la comunidad. Nuestra Visión: Apoyar a todas las familias para que se conviertan en participantes activos de la educación de sus hijos.
Introduction • Susan Lozada Executive Director of Community Student Services • Julie Schaible Project Manager Safe Schools/ Healthy Student Initiative • Karim Brown School Parent Liaison
SCHOOL PARENT LIAISON ONE PARENT LIAISON WAS HIRED BY REQUEST OF THE ASD SAFETY TASK FORCE IN 2007. AT PRESENT TIME WE HAVE 9 PARENT LIAISONS.
Parent Liaison Involvement • We work in collaboration with all ASD staff and departments to ensure that we are collectively administering and fostering a school climate for our students and their families that is positive, educational and compassionate.
Highlights and Involvement Community Based Meetings and Programs: • Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships with the Mayor’s office • Community Connections with Community Action Corporation • Allentown Youth Council • Youth Coalition meeting with Weed and Seed • Gang awareness meetings • Helped coordinate registration for the Allentown DRIVE Baseball program • Your Future is Now event with LCCC- focus on preparing for college and careers • Allentown 250th Events Committee • Week without Violence campaign with the YMCA in October • Connecting the Community Initiative with Parks and Recreation Parent workshops: • GEAR UP- 9th grade Parent workshops, Parent Breakfast, Destination Graduation, many field trips to Colleges/Universities. Student workshops: • Helped some 12th grade students get outfits for their prom • Middle School and High School Delaware Student Minority Conference attendance • Latino Leadership Gala in April
ASD Outreach Workers 6 Elementary School OWs in 15 schools Began in 2009 with federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant funds 6 Secondary School OWs in 6 schools Began in 2011 with federal High School Graduation Initiative grant funds Students and families referred for barriers that are impacting student’s school success Receive referrals from administrators, counselors, HSVs, nurses, support teams Reasons for referral: attendance, behavioral issues, health issues, need for parent support, homelessness, housing issues, family issues, etc.
Outreach Workers continued… • Conduct needs assessment based on referral issues • Provide support to students and families • Connect students and families to school and community resources • Have the flexibility to conduct home visits and/or accompany families to appointments if necessary • Some have specialized roles depending on background, strengths, and specific school needs
Highlights that the SPL/OW were involved in during the 2011-2012 school year. School-Based workshops/events: • Community Fun Day at Allen HS, • Kindergarten Registration-Bracken testing and translating • Strengthening families at HMMS, Raub and SMMS (but we were not involved in the coordinating of their events) • Community Fun day at HMMS • Dieruff HS Carnival • CHIP enrollment days at Mosser • Black History Month celebration at Raub MS • Intervention and Enrichment parent workshop at Jefferson • Allen HS started their Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) this year with the help of GEAR UP. • College Funding Seminars • College and University Tours • Latino History Month Celebrations @ Raub MS and Trexler MS
Presenters Contact Information Julie Schaible Project Manager Safe Schools- Healthy Students Initiative 484-765-4035 firstname.lastname@example.org Karim Brown School Parent Liaison Facilitator 484-765-4079 email@example.com
Asd parent liaisons & outreach workers • Questions, Comments or Concerns
Title 1 parent involvement policy • It is the policy of the School District of the City of Allentown to encourage and assist school staff in building capacity for parent involvement at the school level in order for parents to help their children achieve high standards. In keeping with this policy, we believe that effective parent involvement in the Title I Program can best be accomplished at the building level by involving parents in an organized, ongoing and timely way in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I program.
Title 1 parent involvement policy • Schools will provide opportunities for parent involvement, so that a flexible number of opportunities will be given to parents to understand and become involved in the school program. An Annual Title I Parent Meeting for the parents of all students in the program will be held at each school. This meeting will be designed to help parents learn about the requirements of Title I, Part A and the school Title I program. Other parent involvement activities offered at the school level will be designed to assist parents in understanding such topics as the state’s academic standards, the assessments being used, and how to monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve their achievement.
Keystone Exams / PSSA Assessments Presented by: Carol Hagenbuch and Karen Baurkot January 8, 2013
SO WHAT’S NEW? • Keystone Exams • Revised PSSA • Common Core Standards
WHAT IS A KEYSTONE EXAM? The Keystone Exam is a rigorousend-of-courseexam that measures proficiency in a content area.
KEYSTONE EXAMS: WHEN WILL THEY START? Algebra I Literature 2012-2013 Biology Composition Field Test 2013-2014 Composition 2014-2015 Civics and Government Field Test
KEYSTONE EXAMS: When are they given? ALGEBRA I End of Algebra I Course Literature End of English II Course [10th Grade] Biology End of Biology Course COMPOSITION End of 8th Grade CIVICS AND GOVTBD
Purpose Keystone Exams will be used for two purposes: Proposed state requirement that the class of 2017 (current 8th graders) and beyond demonstrate proficiency for the purpose of graduation Accountability as per No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for schools and districts
THIS YEAR… All 11th grade students take all three Keystone Exams. All other students completing a Keystone- related course will take the appropriate Keystone Exam at the end of this year. • 11th grade Keystone results will be used to calculate AYP for the school and district this year • All other Keystone Exam results will be banked for graduation and AYP until the students are in 11th grade
2012-13 GRADUATION(State Requirement) The current 8th grade class is the first class that will be required to demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate from high school (class of 2017).
Support for Students Keystone Exams will be given 3 times each year. (Winter, Spring, Summer) Students may take the exam as often as needed until they pass it. Content remediation will be provided between each exam window.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? Questions will be based on the Common Core Standards which are more rigorous than the PA Academic Standards. In Literacy, there will be one English Language Arts Assessment instead of a reading assessment and a writing assessment
KEY SHIFTS IN COMMON CORELITERACY • Reading • Balance of literature and informational texts • Text complexity • Writing • Emphasis on argument and informative / explanatory writing • Writing about sources • Speaking and Listening • Inclusion of formal and informal talk • Language • Stress on general academic and domain-specific vocabulary
KEY SHIFTS IN COMMON CORE MATH • Focus and coherence • Focus on key topics at each grade level • Coherent progressions across grade levels • Balance of concepts and skills • Content standards require both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency
Resources FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES REGARDING THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND KEYSTONE EXAMS PLEASE VISIT: www.pdesas.org and click on the tabs for Standards and Assessment
Keystone/pssa assessment • Questions, Comments or Concerns
Title 1 parent involvement policy • In addition to formal meetings and workshops, the parents of Title I students will be invited to raise their concerns and make recommendations at any time through the parental meetings, schoolwide team, annual review team, building principal, classroom teachers, and the Director of Grants & Development. The school district and schools will make timely responses to the concerns and recommendations of the parents and will provide reasonable support for parent involvement activities as parents may request. • Parents of each participating student in the Title I Program will be informed of their child's participation in the program, given a school/parent learning compact, invited to all Title I parent meetings, and given reasonable access to the school and school staff. Parents will be kept informed of their children's progress through a combination of formal reports, parent/teacher conferences, open house sessions, parent workshops. Student progress will be reported in terms of classroom performance and individual assessment results. School staff will interpret the assessment results to the parents to give them a clear understanding of their children’s progress in terms of state academic standards and assessments.