Clifton Early Childhood 2019-2020 Family Engagement Plan
Clifton Early Childhood School will involve parents in two-way meaningful communication addressing student achievement and ensuring:
- that parents plan an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
- 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
- that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education.
Communication and Parental Involvement
- Promote parent contact by personal phone calls, live conferences, and emails as appropriate.
- Create a safe and respectful environment on all campuses.
- Ensure opportunities for family participation in school events and trainings on family leadership.
- Publicize to parents the availability of programs PK-12.
- Each campus will provide attendance requirements to parents in the campus handbook.
Provide recognition for community/business partnerships through local media such as Public Information Office, PTA newsletters, District publications, district websites and campus communications.
- Continue to provide training and equipment in order to facilitate effective communication, such as Living Tree, Ready Rosie, TAC, and other technology integration including web pages and grade information.
- Ensure methods of communicating important information to parents without access to email or internet.
- Provide district-wide communications in native languages of the clientele whenever necessary.
- Provide an interpreter for District meetings whenever necessary.
- Build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for parent involvement by providing parents information on monitoring their child’s progress through scheduled progress notices and parent conferences.
- Provide opportunities for family participation in developing clearly defined goals, outcomes, timelines and strategies for assessing progress
- Provide families strategies and tools to enhance and extend student’s learning.
- Provide an annual survey to District stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of communication and client relations at the campus and district levels.
- Implement a program to screen and encourage volunteers at all campuses.
- Provide opportunities during extended hours for parents who work during the day to be involved.
- Distribute Parental Involvement Policy to parents and staff.
- Clearly communicate high expectations for discipline and student achievement.
- Provide supplemental support through the PK Grant fund source to improve the quality of the PK program.
- Ensure and maintain an average ratio of 1:11 students with in each PK class.
- Pursue and maintain partnerships among positive community resources to help in district-wide student programs.
- Communicate course content and progress monitoring expectations to parents.
- Send progress monitoring reports home.
- Provide parents materials for prevention of drugs, alcohol, violence, physical or verbal aggression, as well as individual and family counseling.
- Continue to provide diversity training and disability awareness.
- Continue to provide students with opportunities to understand and value diverse groups.
Highly Qualified Instruction
- Ensure that all core academic classes are taught by highly qualified teachers.
- Provide opportunities for staff to attend professional development session based on learning domains.
- Ensure that all teachers meet certification eligibility.
- Provide Full Day Tuition Based PK for employee and community.
- Continue to recognize employee contributions through the Shining Star (Non-Teaching Staff) Awards and Impact Award.
- Implement District recognition of campus-selected Teacher of the Year..
- Provide high quality staff development based on campus need as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.
- Each campus will continue a system to implement, evaluate, and communicate effective staff development supporting a highly qualified staff based on data-driven needs and district standards.
- Provide a calendar that allows district-wide staff development opportunities, including diversity training, vertical planning, and other special programs.
- District and campuses will align staff development based on needs assessment.
- Maintain and revise an aligned and integrated district-wide curriculum framework.
- Maintain recruitment strategies to ensure a highly qualified and diverse staff to best serve the needs of Irving ISD students.
- Administer a district survey dealing with job satisfaction and employee morale at each campus with published results and address and monitor areas of concern.
What Parents Can Do
- Tell your children that education is important to you and why.
- Require regular and prompt school attendance.
- Provide a time and location in your home conducive for completing homework.
- Make sure the school has your current address, phone numbers, and email addresses.
- Monitor available technology such as Gradebook, Irving District & Campus Websites, IISD Blog, Twitter, etc.
- Help students eat healthy, get enough sleep, and exercise. Healthy students learn better.
- Assist students to be organized and have the supplies they need for school.
- Know your child’s teachers. If you can’t attend Open Houses or conferences in person, contact the teachers by email or arrange for a phone conference.
- Read information that is sent home (Code of Conduct, Student Handbooks, flyers, planners, etc.) and respond appropriately.
- Volunteer in your child’s school to the extent possible and/or join PTA/PTSA.
- Monitor your child’s progress in school. Know what they are expected to learn and how they are progressing. Hold them accountable for school achievement.
- Support the school in developing positive behaviors in your child that foster a safe learning environment.