Garland ISD Parental Involvement Policy 2019-20

Garland ISD will involve parents in the development of the District Improvement Plan, Title I Program Plan, the Parent Involvement Policy, and the school review and improvement process.
Garland ISD jointly develops and approves the district improvement plan with parents through the District Education Improvement Committee.

The district Parent Advisory Committee will be involved in the development and approval of the Title I Program Plan and the District Title I Parental Involvement Policy.

Campus Improvement Plans are jointly developed with parents through the Campus Improvement Team, which is composed of campus staff, parents, and community members.

Garland ISD will support Title I campuses in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
Garland ISD provides support to departments and campuses in their family engagement efforts as requested (training and consultation).

Garland ISD provides assistance with the evaluation of the campus parental involvement plan through an annual survey.

Garland ISD provides training for staff and parents in the development of the campus parental involvement plan, assists campuses in identifying effective parental involvement practices, and provides community presentations.

Garland ISD provides professional development and ongoing support to designated campus staff to ensure that campuses can implement research-based family engagement initiatives.

Garland ISD will build the schools’ and parents’ ability to create strong parental involvement.

Parents may be assisted in understanding state standards, district and school assessments, and how to monitor a child’s progress in the following ways:

  • Garland ISD will provide the Testing Calendar online so parents can stay informed of the testing schedule.
  • Garland ISD provides parent workshops to inform parents of national assessments students take, how results are used, and how parents can support their children. Parents are informed through their child’s campus of these events.
  • Garland ISD assists parents in monitoring their child’s progress through Skywardand frequent reports of student progress. Training in Skyward is available through the local campus.
  • The district provides an assessment page on the district website to assist parents in understanding the assessments given, what they measure, and how the schools and families will use these to measure student academic progress and placement.
  • Each Title I Campus conducts activities designed to assist parents in understanding state and district assessments and achievement standards.
  • Each campus sends information to parents regarding standardized assessments to help them understand their child’s test results.
  • Garland ISD will provide parent programs that cover diverse topics such as supporting students, parenting, and partnering with schools.
  • Garland ISD provides professional development to campuses in order to create a welcoming campus environment for parents and families.

Garland ISD will provide materials and training to help parents work with their child, such as literacy training and using technology.

  • The Summer Reading program will provide books for all students in Pre-K through First Grade to support shared reading at home.
  • Garland ISD provides resources to campuses and facilitates parent workshops that comply with state and federal requirements for family engagement.
  • Garland ISD conducts district-wide parent technology events to highlight tools and resources that families can access to support learning at home.
  • Garland ISD provides family literacy training, family outreach, and other training to assist parents and families of English Language Learners to become active participants in their child’s education.

Garland ISD will, with the assistance of parents, educate principals, teachers, and other staff in the value and utility of contributions of parents, how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, how to implement and coordinate parent programs, and how to build ties between parents and the schools.

  • Training is provided to schools on developing their parental involvement plan.
  • Each local campus provides training, with the assistance of parents, to its staff regarding parent involvement.
  • Garland ISD provides professional development sessions for campus staff to support best practices for family engagement.

Garland ISD will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents in a format and language the parents can understand whenever reasonably possible.

  • Information and documents important to parents and families are located on the district website in appropriate languages.
  • Each Title I campus is required to document the manner in which it notifies parents in a language and format that is easily understood.

Garland ISD will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with other local parent involvement programs.

Garland ISD will provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities.

  • Each Title I campus has a PTA/PTSA board or other parent/student advocacy organization which meets regularly to support the parent and school relationship.

Garland ISD will develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses to participate in parent involvement activities.

The GISD Education Foundation works with businesses and the community to involve them in parent involvement activities at the campus and district level.

Garland ISD will develop a volunteer website to improve communication between schools and community partners in order to link resources to needs.

Garland ISD will conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of Title I schools. This evaluation, the Title I Family Engagement survey, is distributed to parents and seeks to identify barriers that inhibit greater participation by parents. The findings will be used to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and the parental involvement policy will be revised as necessary.