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Annual Evaluation of Parent Survey

Lee Street Elementary School

178 Lee Street

Jonesboro, Georgia 30236

Phone (770) 473-2815

Fax (770) 603-5771

 

   Rochelle Taylor                                                                           

       Principal                                                                                       

   Dr. Shyla Ridley                        

      Assistant Principal                                

 

Assessing the Findings of the Annual Title I Parent Engagement Evaluation 2019

  1. Where did our Title I Parent Engagement Evaluation responses show us excelling, meeting, or needing improvement?Are there certain data trends in responses?

    Based on our Spring Survey, 33% of the parents stated that they attended a meeting this school year where the goals and activities of the Title I program were discussed with parents; 54% stated that they had not been given the opportunity to provide input into school decisions. Next year, we will conduct five meetings instead of three meetings and parents will be given more opportunities to provide their input. The following will be done next year:

    1. Make personal contact via phone calls to inform parents about the Title I program and take their input over the phone
    2. Converse with parents in the car lane
    3. Use E-mail to contact parents
    4. Unitize Remind 101

      Also, we will utilize parent leaders to co-facilitate meetings.  The survey responses showed that we did not meet the needs of the parents at Lee Street Elementary overall.   

  2. What were our student achievement goals this year?

    Based on our achievement goals for the 2018-2019 school year, we aspired to have all students performing at grade level or higher in reading and math. The goal is to increase reading and math by 3% for the next five years.  As measured by the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), we will do this by:

  3. Based on these evaluation findings, what changes do we want to make to our parental engagement plan for next year?
  • Increasing 3rd-5th grade student scores
  • Multiplication and division within 100
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators
  • Developing fractions and equivalent factions, especially fractions by 3% over three years

    At this time 2018-2019 school year scores are not available. The scores that are available are from the 2016-2017 school year. 

     

    1. How did we work as partners with parents in meeting those goals?

      Our parents provided their input in the Parent Teacher and Student Compact.  There were several events hosted by the school to aid parents and students in improving math and reading achievement.  We provided the following opportunities for parents and students:

      Dr. Seuss on the Loose Reading Night, Patching up Our Reading, Get Ready to Read,  Math Mad Hatter Night, Dads Dominoes and Donuts Math activity, Math Made Easy, and Everyday Tools to Assist your Child With Math. In addition, parents were provided handouts in English and Spanish. We now have a Community Reading Box, located in front of the school. Students can take a book and donate a book.  We made every effort to make math and reading fun.

       We purchased math kits, math games, books, grade level file folder games, learning book bags for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade, leaning packets about math and reading for grades 1st thru 5th. Parents are encouraged to check out items to assist their child at home. The Parent Liaison provided instructions to parents on how to use all items.

    2. How can we improve with actively engaging parents in the activities of our schools?

      We can improve parental engagement by having more activities in the community.  The Parent Liaison collaborated with a middle school Parent Liaison and a high school Parent Liaison to provide workshops in the community. We will host workshops in the River Wood Townhouse area, where most of our students live. We will offer the following workshops: Math Made Easy, Understanding Common Care and Partnering with your Child’s School System.   We found this collaboration to be a success.  In the fall, we will conduct several Title I meetings, School Improvement Plan, Parent Involvement Plan and Teacher and Parent School Compact meeting. Hosting more events in the community will prove to parents that we are dedicated to our partnership.

       

      Parents suggested in the Focus Group Meetings and on the Spring Survey, that we put the workshops on our website for busy parents. Activities will be offered at different times and more than twice in a month. Parents would like more content area centered workshops such as: math and reading for homework help.

    3. Do we have any barriers to parental involvement that need to be addressed?

      This year, our Parent Involvement Committee and Focus Groups identified barriers that impacted parent participation. Parents expressed that they were not comfortable visiting the school because of their own inadequacies (i.e. poor personal communication skills and lack of understanding educational vernacular). We have identified parents with language barriers, transportation issues, and hard to reach parents. Also parents may also have a limited understanding of their child’s educational needs.

      Next year, our goal is to increase parent participation in activities and school events by 20%.   Parents suggested that we created spaces for them to inform each other about parental activities. We will solicit parents to assist other parents in overcoming specific barriers. They also suggested that we host grade level potlucks at the beginning of the school year to break the ice and create a more welcoming environment. We will ensure that all information disseminated to parents is easy to understand, translated for our non-English speaking parents and in a timely manner. The Parent Engagement Committee will be responsible for evaluating the needs of the families.

    4. How are we doing with distributing our district and school parental engagement plans to all Title I parents?

      We used several mediums to distribute the parental involvement plans to our parents including:  handing them out in the car lane during dismissal, sending them home with each student, posting them in the parent resource room, front office, and on the school’s website.  As parents are dropping off and picking up their children we will inform them of the parent engagement plans.  We will provide the plans to all new families throughout the school year.    

    5. How can we improve on training that is offered to parents: To help them work with their child at home? To help them to be active partners in LEA and school decision-making?

      In order to help parents gain an understanding of content related material specific to their child it is my belief that teachers should hold more grade level specific trainings. Last year we hosted grade level workshops on math and reading. Teachers discussed how parents could assist their children at home.  We also hosted Patching up Our Reading, Math Made Easy, and Everyday Tools to assist your child with Math, Dads and Dominoes and Donuts Math Activity for every grade level. We gave our parents tips on help their students excel in math and reading. Lastly, we sent activities home to parents with fun ways to assist their child with reading and math.    

    6. How can we improve on training that we offer school staff/teachers to help them to work more effectively with parents?

      Staff development on effective conferencing should be offered to new and veteran teachers.  Training teachers on communication tactics with difficult parents would be helpful to diffuse situations. I will attend monthly grade level meetings to offer training on parent engagement and ways to build capacity.    

    7. How can we improve building parent capacity?

      It is my desire to increase parental engagement and build capacity next year by 75%.  We will conduct needs assessments to help ensure that we are hosting worthwhile events and workshops.  I will track parent’s attendance and give them thank you notes for attending workshops.  We will follow up with parents who attended meetings and events to determine their level of satisfaction and encourage future engagement.

      Some ideas we will implement are:

      1. Interactive homework sessions in which teachers teach parents and students key concepts
      2. Math Nights and Curriculum Nights focused on family learning
      3. Computer literacy
      4. Parents of successful students share their methods
      5. Parent recognition at school awards events for their active participation

         

We offer all parents an opportunity to participate in the creation of the plan.  We will develop multiple ways to carry out this task through opportunities such as webinars, phone conferences and one-on-one meetings.  We will have more meetings with teachers and parents planning together. We will create a more welcoming school climate by doing following:

  1. Have teachers make personal contacts with families through e-mail and phone calls at the beginning of school
  2. Establish effective school-to-home and home-to school communication
  3. Provide equal representation for parents on school governing bodies

 

 

Thank you,

 

Rochelle Taylor

Principal

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