Given the key role of parents in promoting effective schooling, the Anchorage School District administration will assist schools in developing comprehensive, continuing programs of parent involvement at all grade levels. The district will provide welcoming opportunities for parent participation in resolving concerns. The major goal is to promote greater student success in all curricular areas by making schools and parents more productive partners in their children’s education. To support the mission of Anchorage schools to educate all students for success in life, schools and parents must work as knowledgeable, respectful partners.
The term “parental involvement” means the participation of parents in regular, two-way meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including providing opportunities and support for the following:
- That parents play an important role in supporting their child’s learning and the overall educational program and environment of the school;
- That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school and at home; and
- That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child. The district shall provide full opportunities for the participation of all parents, including those with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children.
As part of their annual improvement planning, schools and the district, with the involvement of parents, will develop and evaluate comprehensive plans for parent involvement. These plans should be designed to detail ways in which the district or school will:
- Involve parents in developing district or school improvement plans
- Offer technical assistance and coordination to help schools plan parent involvement activities to improve student and school academic performance
- Build school and parent capacities for strong parent involvement
- Coordinate and integrate parent involvement strategies with other programs
- Annually evaluate with parents the effectiveness of the policy as implemented in each school and the district in achieving academic improvement. The evaluation must include identification of barriers to parent involvement, especially barriers to parents who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or belong to a racial or ethnic minority.
School and District responsibilities
- Help parents understand state and local assessment of their children’s progress and how to monitor progress and work with educators
- Provide parents with materials and training to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training, use of technology, and enhancing parenting skills
- Educate teachers, administrators, and other school staff about the value of and methods of reaching out to parents as equal partners
- To the extent practicable, ensure that information about school and parent programs is in a format and language parents can understand.
The district will support schools and programs in their efforts by doing the following:
- Publicizing its commitment to parent involvement in the public schools
- Identifying promising programs and practices related to parent involvement
- Targeting funds for the development of programs, demonstration projects, and evaluations
- Providing technical assistance and support to develop effective parent involvement programs by doing the following:
- Sharing information and research on parent involvement and effective practices;
- Developing in-service education programs on cultural awareness and parent involvement for teachers, administrators, and parents that will assist in meeting the individual needs of diverse cultural and linguistic populations; and
- Working with colleges and universities that train teachers and administrators to develop effective pre-service programs in school and family connections.
- Complying with state and federal parent involvement requirements; and
- Providing ongoing follow-up and evaluation of the parent involvement efforts as required
- The superintendent or designee will develop a method for measuring and reporting the results of each school’s annual evaluation.