• Family Involvement in Title I, Part A Programs

    We know that family involvement in a child’s education is a greater predictor of academic success than whether or not that family is affluent or poor. That’s why Title I, Part A program regulations insist on robust family involvement activities at every school where these federal funds support effective teaching and engaged learning.

    What Is Family/Parent Involvement?
    Title I, Part A defines parent involvement as the ...participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communications with school staff that involves the student, addresses learning and engages the family in school activities. 

    Why Does Family/Parent Involvement Matter?
    Research tells us that students with involved parents, are more likely to:

    • Earn high grades and test scores,
    • Take more challenging classes,
    • Have better attendance,
    • Graduate, AND
    • Go on to community/technical college or university.

    How can I get involved?
    Parents, you can influence the success of your student in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan at your school, you will:

    • Serve as a role model, showing your student that you support his/her education.
    • Assure that you are aware of your student’s educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
    • Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.

    What does research tell us?
    Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:

    • Joining local and national school/parent organizations
    • Reading with your child and talking about the books and stories you read
    • Helping your child with homework assignments
    • Tutoring your child with materials and instructions provided by teachers or resources found on-line
    • Supporting school extra-curricular activities
    • Volunteering in classrooms, on field trips, or for special events
    • Attending parent-teacher conferences
    • Communicating with your student’s teacher regularly, by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc.
    • Continuing to be involved as your child is in middle and high school
    • Talking with your child about school on a daily basis
    • Keeping your student’s teacher informed about events in his or her life which may affect his/her performance at school
    • Discussing with your student’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement
    • Voting in school board elections
    • Taking a class at a community college or adult education program to demonstrate to your child that learning is important
    • Consider involving your child's grandparents or old siblings.
    • Being an advocate for your child to make sure that his/her needs are being met