District 622 Title 1 Family Engagement Plan
North St. Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale Schools (ISD 622)
Title I Family Engagement Plan
2023-2024 School Year
School District 622 believes that quality education is a partnership between the district and its schools and families. Families play an extremely important role as children’s first teachers. Their support for their children and for the school is critical to their children’s success at every step along the way.
This is especially true for students who are struggling to meet state standards and district essential outcomes. District 622 strives to involve families in all parts of the district’s Title I program to develop a school-home partnership that helps our students succeed. This document lays out the district’s Title I parent involvement policies and procedures and supports ISD 622 school board policy 612.1 Development of Parental Involvement Policies for Title I Programs. More information about family engagement is available via the district website.
1. Involving parents in the joint development of its district-wide family engagement plan.
School and district achievement data are published on the district website, sent to all households in district newsletters and annual reports, and discussed at several forums (committees, school board, 622 Advisory/Title I Parent Advisory Committee) that include parent/guardian representation.
The 622/Title I Parent Advisory Committee receives training on the overall Title I plan and on the district’s implementation of Title I. It reviews parts of the application process and provides opportunities to share feedback. This feedback is considered in the school-year implementation of the MDE approved Title plan/s.
Parents are surveyed annually for information about the impact, satisfaction, and desired improvements to the educational experiences in 622.
Schools notify parents in early Fall via letter (translated as needed) that their child qualifies for ML services and what level of service is recommended.
2. Involving families in the process of school review and improvement.
All families are informed of district and school performance on state accountability tests via newsletter, annual report, and website.
Schools hold family night events or meetings at which Title I plans/information are shared and reviewed.
Schools partner with parent groups (i.e, PTO, PTA) to disseminate information and gather feedback.
Schools conduct professional development in family involvement strategies.
School staff reviews each student’s Title I Compact (Read Well Report) with families (Fastbridge and formative assessment data along with strategies to support learning at home, etc.). This takes place in Fall and Winter.
3. Technical assistance to Title I schools in planning/implementing effective family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement.
The Director of Teaching and Learning, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Federal & State Programs Coordinator, Assistant Superintendents, Community Education Director, and educators provide assistance to identified Title I schools in planning and staging effective family involvement activities focused on academic success for students for all school staff. In addition, the district routinely shares strategies and ideas for increasing family involvement and its impact across schools.
4. Coordination of family involvement with other programs such as Head Start
District 622 continues to build on an existing working relationship with our local Head Start services. District ESFE and ECSE develop joint or complementary programs with Head Start, and Head Start families are notified of and encouraged to participate in the full range of parent education events and opportunities provided by the district. Preschool programs are housed at Beaver Lake and all of the Title I elementary schools in the District: Carver, Castle, Justice Alan Page, Richardson, Weaver, Cowern, and Eagle Point. These programs reach out to the community to identify students who could benefit from the early learning opportunity. The district has a strong partnership with the local homeless shelter. Shelter families are notified of and encouraged to participate in the full range of parent education events and opportunities provided by the district. The district also actively seeks to identify conditions of homelessness beyond shelter residence and strives to bring parents of all families of youth in transition into active involvement with their children’s schools and education.
5. Evaluating the effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the quality of the district’s Title I schools
Title I, schoolwide families are provided with information about this policy at the beginning of the year. The annual family survey asks questions about their desired and actual levels of participation, and barriers to participation and solicits recommendations for improvement. The district Research, Assessment and Evaluation team in partnership with the Teaching & Learning/Title I, Office of Educational Equity and Student Services will assess the effectiveness of the plan/s and family engagement activities by analyzing the data gathered through surveys, focus groups, and site-specific family groups. The goal of this analysis is to identify barriers to involvement and strategies to remove these barriers. The District Parent Involvement Policy will also be reviewed by annually and updated as required.
6. Building the schools’ and parents’ capacity for effective family involvement, which supports a partnership between the school and parents
a. Title I families are strongly encouraged to participate in the wide variety of activities held throughout the school year. Most of these activities occur at the schools and, where appropriate, are offered to parents of all Title I (schoolwide) schools. These activities may include:
Family information nights, where families are introduced to state standards and district essential outcomes, district, and state testing plans and become familiar with the school, its staff, policies, and procedures.
Title I information sessions, where topics are around the state and district standards, assessments, Title I Parent/School Compacts, and strategies to monitor progress and work with school staff.
Sessions with featured speakers ranging from parenting professionals to district staff focused on specific topics Science, Math, or Reading strategies.
b. Title I schools provide frequent newsletters to send home with activities, strategies, and tips for families working with their children in reading and math. This information is also included in the Title I Compact in addition, the district facilitates the district-wide sharing of ideas, activities, and materials developed at individual Title I schools.
c. A variety of classes are available for parents through the schools and community education and promoted to Title I parents.
d. Offer transportation to and from, childcare during, and food during family involvement activities to remove barriers for families to attend.
e. Title I schools volunteer coordinators advise staff on the value and effective use of volunteers in the classroom.
f. The American Indian Parent Advisory Council advises district and school staff on curriculum, instruction, and activities.
g. New educators are trained in the value of family involvement and administrator standards have a strong parent involvement component.
h. Communications regarding school and parent programs, meetings and other activities sent to Title I and ML households are frequently checked for readability and made available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. Many communications are sent in translation or with banners in or primary home languages giving instructions on engaging a district-provided interpreter. In addition, where we know of non-literate parents, follow-up calls are frequently made. Materials made available electronically can always be requested on paper.
2023-2024 Title I Contacts
Heidi Leigh - Director of Teaching and Learning
Jason Walters - Federal & State Programs Coordinator
Mayme Simms - Teaching & Learning Coordinator (MTSS, K-5 Curriculum, PD)
Dr. Amy Luckner - Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation
Elementary Title I Schoolwide Programs - Principals
Amber Walsh - Carver
Bridget Bruner - Castle
Travis Barringer - Cowern
Melissa Houde - Richardson
Jennifer Parker - Weaver
Heidi George - Justice Alan Page
Shawn Bromeland - Eagle Point