Title I Administration

 

Community Involvement Specialist (CIS)

Program Description
The Title I Parental Involvement Program is designed to help parents become more involved with their children's education at the schoolsite. Community Involvement Specialists (CIS) work closely with schools and parents by calling parents, making home visits, and planning workshops and special parenting activities. Traditionally, parents have been asked to visit their child's school; however, schools have not always gotten the response they were seeking. Therefore, home visits have become a viable option for increasing parental contact.

Requirements for Implementation
The Parental Involvement Program should be staffed by one or more CIS funded by the school's Title I allocation. The CIS serves as a bridge between the home and the school. Schoolsite staff should provide interesting and informative activities for parents at schools and in the community. Schools may select one or more groups of students as Target Intensive Families (TIF). These students' achievement test scores indicate performances at critically low levels in mathematics and/or reading. The CIS should make home visits to the TIF as needed. On these visits, the CIS should provide the TIF with additional educational materials and demonstrate these learning activities for parents and children.

The guidelines for program implementation are as follows:
Collect a copy of the Title I Annual Meeting documentation.
Maintain the Parental Involvement Filing System. 
The CIS, together with the schoolsite administrator, develops a yearly calendar of parent activities.
The CIS must provide the Principal with a printed copy of their online weekly schedule.
The CIS telephones parents, schedules home visits, maintains a file of home visits and of incoming and outgoing telephone calls (Appendix H of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook).
On the fifth school day of each month, the CIS forwards the Title I Administration Parental Involvement Monthly School Report to the Title I District Office (Appendix I, FM-6914 of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook).
The CIS’s weekly schedule should include a minimum of 2-3 home visits (as appropriate). 
The CIS is to attend District CIS meetings, all general Region Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and all District Advisory Council (DAC) meetings.
Flexible scheduling is recommended to accommodate evening activities.
The CIS and the schoolsite administrator should plan parenting activities based on School Improvement Plan (SIP) objectives and Parental Involvement Plan (PIP) objectives.
The CIS has the responsibility of maintaining the following documentation in the seventh (7th) folder of the Community Involvement Specialist Section of the Title School-level Compliance Filing System:
1. Title I Annual Meeting (PAC/DAC Rep., agenda, minutes, sign-in sheets, Parent Survey and Compilation of  Results, School and District Title I Parent Involvement Plan), and evidence of the following documents in multi-languages:
 
  • Flyers;
  • Title I Program Notification Letter on school letterhead (Appendix BB of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook);        and
  • Sample of School-Parent Compact
2. Telephone/Email Contact Logs
3. Connect-Ed Telephone Messages
4. Documentation of Parental Support-Home Visits with signatures (Appendix G, FM-6915 of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook)
5. Records of Incomplete Home Visits (those without signatures)
6. Parent Center Monthly Attendance Rosters (Appendix CC of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook) and Schoolwide Monthly Calendar of Activities
7. District Advisory Council (DAC calendars, flyers, agendas, attendance)
8. Parent Advisory Council (PAC calendars, flyers, agendas, attendance)
9. Documentation of Parent Activities and Attendance (agendas, sign-in sheets, flyers in multi-languages)
10. Parental Involvement Monthly School Reports (Appendix I, FM-6914 of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook)
11. Additional Communication to Parents (flyers, newsletters, etc.)
12. CIS Job Description (Appendix P of the 2015-2016 Title I Handbook), Weekly Schedules, and Records of Professional Development Activities
13. Title I Federal Regulations, Section 1118 (NCLB) and School Improvement Plan (SIP) (Pages 44-48 of the Title I Handbook)
 
Locations
All school sites
Budgetary Implications
Funded through schoolsite budgets
 

 

 

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