Title I Annual Parent Meeting in a Schoolwide Program

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Parent and family engagement is a required component of schoolwide planning. One of the more specific requirements is the Annual Meeting for parents. In the fall of each year, Title I programs are required to host a meeting for parents to explain what the Title I program is and how parents can become involved in the Title I program. (This is different from the Annual Review meeting, which is also a requirement). At this meeting, the following issues must be addressed:
  • Explain their school’s participation in Title I (whether they are schoolwide or targeted)
  • Explain the Title I requirements (schoolwide or targeted, whichever is applicable)
  • Explain what participation in Title I programming means, including:
    • A description and explanation of the school’s curriculum;
    • Information on the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress; and
    • Information on the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
  • Explain the district parent and family engagement policy, school parent and family engagement policy, and school-parent compact.
  • Explain what the schoolwide program is and how the schoolwide plan will be assessed for effectiveness.
  • Explain the right of parents to become involved in the school’s programs and ways to do so.
  • Explain that parents have the right to request opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school must respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
In order to keep parents informed, schools must invite all parents of children participating in Title I Part A programs and encourage them to attend. In a schoolwide program, this means ALL parents should be invited. Schools must also offer a flexible number of additional parent and family engagement meetings, such as in the morning or evening so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. You must be able to document this meeting with minutes, agendas, sign-in sheets, etc. You may want to do more than the law requires for this meeting, especially if you often have problems with attendance.

You may want to do more than the law requires for this meeting, especially if you often have problems with getting parents involved. Parent and family engagement can make a huge difference in student achievement, so it should always be a major focus of school improvement efforts. An example agenda provided on the link below demonstrates how some schools increased parent attendance by making the focus of the meeting more fun for students and parents (by showing off a school project) and making the above requirements only a small part of the meeting. In this example, parents and the school staff also use this time to work on their schoolwide compacts, which is also a schoolwide parental involvement requirement.

You may want to do more than the law requires for this meeting, especially if you often have problems with getting parents involved. Parent and family engagement can make a huge difference in student achievement, so it should always be a major focus of school improvement efforts. An example agenda shown below demonstrates how some schools increase parent attendance by making the focus of the meeting more fun for students and parents (by showing off a school project) and making the requirements above only a small part of the meeting.