• Irving ISD Early Childhood Family Engagement Plan
    2022-23 SY

    The Irving ISD Family Engagement Plan contains the six mandated components from
    the High-Quality Prekindergarten Commissioners Rule and how those components and
    strategies are implemented in our district. We believe:
    ● that parents play 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

    Strategy 1: Facilitate Family Support

    (i) Creating a safe and respectful environment where families can learn from
    each other as individuals and groups
    (ii) Inviting former program participants, including families and community
    volunteers, to share their education and career experiences with current
    (iii) Ensuring opportunities for continues participation in events designed for
    families by families

    Activities in Irving ISD include:● “Meet the Teacher” nights facilitating family to family interactions
    ● Parent Centers in each elementary and early childhood school building to
    facilitate an inclusive community space where parents can gather and talk
    with one another before/during/after the school day as well as volunteer in
    their child’s school
    ● Parent Orientation Night during the first few weeks of school that guide
    parents through the curriculum, expectations, and campus/classroom
    procedures, as well as provide the families time with each other to build
    informal support structures with other families
    ● Parent-Teacher Organizations such as PTOs/PTAs are established at each
    early childhood and elementary school that provide support for parents
    and provides the opportunity to be involved in the organization

    ● Campuses host many informal and formal events throughout the year to
    bring families together to learn, support one another, and to have fun.
    Examples of events on campuses include PTO/PTA programs, literacy
    nights, math nights, family picnics, and Open House.
    ● Facilitate All Pro Dads on each elementary and early childhood school
    ● Provide district-wide communications in native languages of our families

    Strategy 2: Establish a Network of Community Resources

    (i) Building strategic partnerships
    (ii) Leveraging community resources
    (iii) Monitoring and evaluation policies and practices to stimulate innovation
    and create learning pathways
    (iv) Establishing and maintaining partnerships with businesses, faith-based
    organizations, and community agencies
    (v)Identifying support from various agencies, including mental and physical
    health providers
    (vi)Partnering with local community-based organizations to create a family
    friendly transition plan for students arriving from early childhood settings
    (vii)Communication of short- and long-term program goals to all stakeholders
    (viii) Identifying partners to provide translators and culturally relevant
    resources reflective of home language

    Activities in Irving ISD include:
    ● The district partners with the Irving Schools Foundations to help provide
    food, backpacks, and school supplies for students
    ● The district partners with the YMCA to provide low cost after school care
    for students at the elementary campuses
    ● The district partners with Head Start of Greater Dallas to provide nine
    Head Start classes in the district
    ● All information provided to parents is translated into Spanish and can be
    translated into other languages as needed
    ● The district hosts an annual Community Agency Fair in the spring
    providing parents connections to community resources available to them

    ● Parent Liaisons at the elementary campuses and the counselors at the
    early childhood campuses support parents with immediate and short-term
    ● The district Adult Education and Literacy department provides classes and
    support on topics such as citizenships, digital literacy, GED attainment
    (English and Spanish), ESL and literacy, and job supported ESL classes.
    ● District Parent Engagement Newsletters are sent out monthly
    ● Immunization clinics are held throughout the school year to provide free
    immunizations to students

    Strategy 3: Increase Family Participation in Decision Making

    (i)Developing and supporting a family advisory council
    (ii)Developing, adopting, and implementing identified goals within the annual
    campus/school improvement plan targeting family engagement
    (iii)Developing and supporting leadership skills for family members and
    providing opportunities for families to advocate for their children
    (iv) Collaborating with families to develop strategies to solve problems and
    serve as problem solvers
    (v) Engaging families in shaping program activities and cultivating the
    expectation that information must flow in both directions to reflect two-way
    (vi)Developing, in collaboration with families, clearly defined goals, outcomes,
    timelines, and strategies for assessing progress
    (vii)Providing each family with an opportunity to review and provide input on
    program practiced policies, communications, and events in order to ensure
    the program is responsive to the needs of families
    (viii)Using appropriate tools such as surveys or focus groups to gather family
    feedback on family engagement

    Activities in Irving ISD include:
    ● Campus Site-Based Decision-Making Committee (CIC) composed of
    parents, campus staff, district staff, community partners, and business
    representatives are implemented on each campus and focus on planning,

    curriculum, budgeting, staff development, overall school organization, all
    with the intent of improving the achievement of all learners at the school
    and overall improvement of campus wide programs, including family
    ● District Site-Based Decision-Making Committee (DIC) composed of
    parents, campus staff, district staff, community partners, and business
    representatives focus on planning, curriculum, budgeting, staff
    development, overall district organization, all with the intent of improving
    the achievement of all learners in the district and overall improvement of
    district wide programs, including family engagement
    ● Parents/guardians are encouraged to complete a questionnaire about
    their child at the beginning of the school year to guide teachers with a
    starting point to partner with each family to set mutual goals for the child
    ● Families are encouraged to complete a Parent Survey in the spring to be
    used in improving programs/services on the campus
    ● Title 1 elementary campuses create, with the help of a parent committee,
    a Parent Compact, with mutual agreements between the school and
    families on the roles and responsibilities of both parties to maximize the
    success of their students
    ● Parents representatives are included on the LPAC Committee and on the
    PTA/PTO boards
    ● Families are encouraged to attend parent conferences throughout the
    school year, with both the parent and the teacher providing important
    information and setting goals to support student success

    Strategy 4: Equip Family with Tools to Enhance and Extend Learning

    (i)Providing families with updates at least three times per year that specify
    student progress in health and wellness, language and communication,
    emergent literacy reading, emergent literacy writing, and mathematics
    (ii)Designing or implementing existing home educational resources to
    support learning at home while strengthening the family/school partnership
    (iii)Providing families with information and/or training on creating home
    learning environments connected to formal learning opportunities
    (iv) Equipping families with resources and skills to support their children
    through the transition to school and offering opportunities for families and
    children to visit the school in advance of the prekindergarten school year

    (v)Providing complementary home learning activities for families to engage in
    at home with children through information presented in newsletters, online
    technology, social media, parent/family teacher conferences, or other school
    related events
    (vi)Providing families with information, best practices, and training related to
    age-appropriate developmental expectations
    (vii) Emphasizing benefits of positive family practices such as attachment
    and nurturing that complement the stages of children’s development
    (viii) Collaborating with families to appropriately respond to children’s
    behavior in non-punitive, positive, supportive way
    (ix)Encouraging families to reflect on family experiences and practices in
    helping children
    (x)Assisting families to implement best practices that will help achieve the
    goals and objectives identified to meet the needs of the child and family

    Activities in Irving ISD include:
    ● Teacher/parent conferences are held throughout the school year with the
    teacher and parents collaborating on goals for a successful
    prekindergarten year
    ● Sharing technology resources that are family friendly to connect parents,
    communicate information and enhance parent/guardian knowledge on
    child development topics
    ○ Resources include (but are not limited to):
    ■ ReadyRosie
    ■ SeeSaw
    ■ Savvas/Frog Street Newsletter
    ■ Savvas Family Engagement Portal (PreK 4)
    ■ Unite for Literacy
    ■ CLI Engage Family Activities

    ● Newsletters are provided each month from curriculum resources Savvas
    (PreK 4) and Frog Street (PreK 3) to provide information on the skills,
    concepts from the thematic unit being taught that month
    ● CLI Engage Circle Assessment Reports are sent home three times a year
    (October, January, and May) on student progress in health and wellness,
    language and communication, emergent literacy reading, emergent

    literacy writing, and mathematics as well as activities from the CLI Engage
    Family Portal that provides parents support to help their child at home
    ● The district Home Instruction for Parents of PreSchool Youngsters
    (HIPPY) program is offered to parents of children between the ages of 3-5.
    This program trains parents on how to work with their child(ren) in the
    areas of literacy, math, science, motor, and language through weekly home
    instruction and role playing. HIPPY Website
    ● Report cards are sent home each six weeks providing parents with
    progress of their child on the PreK Guidelines
    ● Parents are encouraged to attend parenting classes at their home campus
    that are based on survey results of parent needs
    ● Families are encouraged to volunteer on their campus. Each campus has
    a parent room for parent volunteers.
    ● The district PreK Website has links to resources that support parents in
    the success of their early childhood student
    ● Family Nights are held throughout the school year to provide support for
    parents and modeling activities that can assist or extend learning at home
    (such as Literacy Night, Math Night, Science Night)

    Strategy 5: Develop Staff Skills in Evidence-based Practices that Support Families in
    Meeting their Children’s Learning Benchmarks

    (i)Providing essential professional development for educators in
    understanding communication and engagement with families, including
    training on communicating with families in crisis
    (ii) Promoting and developing family engagement as a core strategy to
    improve teaching and learning among all educators and staff
    (iii)Developing staff skills to support and use culturally diverse, culturally
    relevant, and culturally responsive family engagement strategies

    Activities in Irving ISD Include:
    ● Developing educator skills to support and use culturally diverse, culturally
    relevant, and culturally responsive family engagement strategies
    ● Continuous professional development opportunities for educators at the
    campus/district level as well as through Region 10 to meet the High
    Quality PreK Requirements of professional learning
    ● Child Find training for early childhood educators and instructional aides

    ● Utilizing developmentally appropriate activities/books to help children
    understand similarities and differences in families, cultures and traditions
    ● Training PreK educators and parent liaisons on the resources that are
    available in the community and district that support families interests and

    Strategy 6: Evaluate Family Engagement Efforts and Use Evaluations for Continuous

    (i)Conducting goal-oriented home visits to identify strengths, interest, and
    (ii)Developing data collection systems to monitor family engagement and
    focusing on engagement of families from specific populations to narrow the
    achievement gap
    (iii)Using data to ensure alignment between family engagement activities and
    district/school teaching and learning goals and to promote continuous family
    (iv)Ensuring an evaluation plan is an initial component that guides actions
    (v)Using a cyclical process to ensure evaluation results are used for
    continuous improvement and adjustment
    (vi)Ensuring teachers play a role in the family engagement process

    Activities in Irving ISD include:
    ○ Annual parent surveys on district programs components give parents the
    opportunity to share their perception of successful implementation and
    ways to improve the program and/or increase involvement
    ○ Utilizing the High-Quality Prekindergarten Self-Assessment instrument
    from the Texas Education Agency to determine strengths, opportunities to
    grow and next steps for continuous improvement for our early childhood
    ○ Utilizing the Region 10 High Quality Checklist for Parent Engagement to
    self-assess our parent engagement program and areas of improvement

    Early Childhood and Family Engagement Contacts:

    Jennifer McKee, Director of Early Childhood Programs

    Liesl Payne; Executive Director of Marketing, Communications and Parent and
    Community Engagement

    Claudia Marquez Gomez, ESSER HIPPY/HIEPE Program Strategist

    Ernesto Mendizabal, HIPPY and ECE Coordinator

    Madelyn Argueta, ESSER Parent Education and Community Engagement Lead

    Jackie Fritzel, ESSER Parent Education and Community Engagement Lead

    Jasmin Herrera, Parent Engagement Coordinator

    Itzia Irurita, Parent Engagement Coordinator