District 20's New Grading Guidelines & Weighted Values
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ONLY (May 2015)
Grading Guidelines Weighted Value
Level 4 92-100% Component Weight
Level 3 80-91% Exams 45%
Level 2 65-79% Classwork 30%
Level 1 Below 65% Homework 25%
Chancellors Regulation for School Leadership Teams: A-655
June2012 Special Education Reform: Basics for SLTs
Duration: 23 minutes
Description: This presentation is an overview and explanation of the New York City Department of Education’s special education reform and how it relates to your school. It outlines the need for special education reform, describes the reform and how it may impact your school and your work as an SLT member.
Note: Indirect Services provide collaborative consultation between the special education teacher and the general education teacher which focuses on adjusting the learning environment and/or modifying and adapting instructional techniques and methods to meet the individual needs of the student in the general education classroom. Agreed-upon strategies are delivered by the special education teacher and/or the general education teacher.
Hosted by: Deepti Panjabi, Division of Students with Disabilities and ELLs and Ron Noble Jr, Division of Family & Community Engagement
The following resources are available for download:
Presentation slides (637 KB / PPTX file)
SLT Webinar Training:
May 2, 2012
A new webinar training for SLT members is now available: The CEP as a Living Document: Determining the Effectiveness of the Plan. SLT members can view the webinar as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655.
Registration and viewing instructions can be found at Learn DOE.
PTA Webinar Training
The Division of Family and Community Engagement has prepared an election webinar training to assist PA/PTAs with the election process. PA/PTA executive boards and/or nominating committee members are encouraged to view the webinar in advance of the election meeting. Additional election resources, including a step-by-step guide, ballot templates, and translated meeting notices, can be found on FACE’s parent leader resource page.
A Foundation for School-Based Planning and Shared Decision-Making. SLT members can view the webinar as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655.
The second in a series of webinar trainings for SLT members is now available: Supporting Title 1 Programs - An Overview of Program Requirements. SLT members can view these webinars as a team or individually to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655.
On the 20th of each month a new webinar will be released. Registration and viewing instructions can be found at Learn DOE. These webinars are designed for SLT members to view as a team or individually. SLT members can view the webinars to fulfill annual training requirements, as per Chancellor's Regulation A-655 <https://owa2003.nycboe.net/NR/rdonlyres/8625F40E-5269-417D-AAAC-BB753AA8581B/82007/A655FINAL1.pdf> .
Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact Template
DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TEAM DISTRICT 20 HANDY INFO SHEET FOR SLTs
SLTs serve as the vehicle for meaningful consultation and dialogue between parent and staff representatives.
o Between 10 and 17 people
o Mandatory members-
Principal, PTA President, UFT Chapter Leader
o PTA can choose designee if president cannot serve. In the case of co-presidents, the remaining officersdetermine who will serve as the mandatory seat on the SLT.
o SLTs must have an equal number of parents and staff members, including the principal, UFT Chapter Leader and *DC37 who are counted as staff.
*DC37 not a mandatory seat unless bylaws dictate the position.
CBOs: Optional Seat. Does not vote.
High Schools: Minimum of 2 students required (do not vote)
o Parent seats elected after the PTA elections
o Only parents vote (even if PTA)
o Staff seats filled in the spring before the new academic year begins
Recommendation: PTAs have terms staggered,
e.g. 1 year term, 2 year term
Chairperson or Co-chairs
o SLT must select once team is in place.
o Does not need to be one of the mandatory members and should not be the principal.
o Chair is responsible for scheduling meetings, ensuring that all team members’ voices are heard, ensuring that team has all the information necessary to guide their planning.
o Co-chairs can be comprised of parents and staff.
o SLT must select once team is in place.
o Responsible for sending meeting notices and keeping minutes.
o Optional position.
o Can be designated to keep track of time sheets and submit financial forms
o Review biennially at least (every 2 years)
o Copy of bylaws and current list of members to be provided annually to the DLT by October 31st
Role of the SLT
o Required by NY State Education Law to create the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP).
o Develop the school’s overall mission, goals and objectives in order to help all children reach their full potential and to align that action plan with the school’s budget.
o Not responsible for hiring or firing of school staff.
o Working knowledge of the budget, progress report, learning environment survey and Quality Review.
Responsibilities of the SLT
o Develop bylaws that comply with CR A-655
o Attending SLT meetings regularly and actively participating
o Communicating with the members of the school community
o Participating on SLT Subcommittees
o Serving on the Level 1 C-30 Committee in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation C-30
o Attend mandatory training
o Participate in joint public hearing for any school restructuring as per Chancellor’s Regulation A-190
o Annual assessment to superintendent of the principal’s record of developing an effective shared decision-making relationship with SLT members during the year
o The DLT (District Leadership Team) provides support, guidance, technical assistance, and conflict resolution to the SLTs in the district.
o District 20’s DLT has liaisons assigned to all elementary, junior high schools and high schools which is distributed at the beginning of the school year.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 20
DISTRICT WIDE PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
PART I: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Community School District 20 agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
· The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
· Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
· The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its Local Education Agency (LEA) plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
· In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
· If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
· The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
· The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring-
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
(C) that parents are full partners in their child’s educationand are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
PART II: DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED DISTRICT-WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
Community School District 20 will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:
· Establish district-wide parent advisory meetings.
· Parent Coordinators as home and school liaisons.
· Opportunities for parents to provide input for the involvement plan at meetings.
· Parent Advisory meetings in which parents may make recommendations on the plan.
Community School District 20 will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:
· Disseminate through Community Education Councils, District Leadership Teams, planning meetings and public meetings, information regarding adequate yearly progress, low performing schools, school choice, and teacher qualifications.
· Inform parents of the process by which schools are identified for focus and priority school status.
· Provide parents of children attending such schools with the following information in a timely manner:
1) An explanation of what the identification means, and how the school compares in terms of academic achievement to the other elementary, intermediate or secondary schools served by the LEA and the State educational agency involved;
2) The reasons for the identification;
3) An explanation of how the parents can become involved in addressing the academic issues that caused the school to be identified for focus and priority school status;
4) An explanation of the parents’ option to transfer their child to another public school, including the provision of transportation to the new school, and information on the academic achievement of the school or schools to which the child may transfer.
· Publish and disseminate to parents and to the public, information regarding any actions taken by the LEA to address the problems that led to the identification of focus, priority, including:
1) An explanation of what the LEA is doing to address the problem of low achievement;
2) An explanation of the school is doing to address the problem of low achievement; and,
· Provide parents with information on the professional qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals.
Community School District 20 will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:
· Provide professional development training to Title I teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.
· Ensure that parent leaders are knowledgeable about the provisions of Title I and NCLB legislation through support and training.
· Provide parents with timely information on programs in District Title I schools and NCLB.
· Support the formation of Sub-Committees or Parent Advisory Councils.
· Ensure that the information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
· Ensure that consultation/collaboration take place between school and parents.
Community School District 20 will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: Head Start, Reading First, Even Start, Universal Pre-K, Super Start and Super Start Plus by:
· Having parent coordinators plan and carry out transition activities between Title I schools, Pre-K/Head Start and community partners.
· Inviting parents to the schools to take part in transition activities.
· Encouraging and supporting parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by monitoring attendance, homework completion and positive use of extra-curricular time.
· Providing for the health and well-being of their children including, but not limited to discipline, nutrition, and hygiene.
Community School District 20 will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disable, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
· The school district shall provide, to the extent feasible, full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
· Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning, or evening to accommodate parent schedules.
· Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way the opportunity to review and respond in writing to the Parental Involvement Policy evaluating its content and effectiveness.
· The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, with the involvement of parents in its parental involvement policies.
Community School District 20 will build the schools’ and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:
A. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph -
§ the State’s academic content standards,
§ the State’s student academic achievement standards,
§ the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
§ the requirements of Part A,
§ how to monitor their child’ progress, and
§ how to work with educators:
· Provide assistance to parents in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local assessments, the requirements of Title I, Part A and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
· Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
· Provide training for parent leaders of Parent Associations, Parent-Teacher Associations, School Leadership Teams, and Title I Parent Bodies.
· E-mail and mail relevant information on conferences, workshops and symposiums to parent leaders and Parent Coordinators.
· Provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this section as parents may request.
B. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement by:
· Training Parent Coordinators and Parent-Teacher Associations to support the use of technology in the homes;
· Providing Microsoft Outlook training to School Leadership Teams, and Parent-Teacher Associations to promote effective communication; and,
C. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
· Encouraging Principals to spearhead parent involvement initiatives in their schools.
D. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource center, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
· Working with teachers and parents to focus on the transition from Pre-school to Kindergarten.
· Providing opportunities for transitioning to school through parent workshops, conferences, school visitations, Open House, and volunteering in the classroom.
E. The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
· Provide for effective parent communication by giving sufficient notice of district schedules for parent-teacher conferences, school and district reports, and citywide initiatives in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
PART III: DISCRETIONARY DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
District 20 is committed to meaningful parent involvement and will put in to operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In doing so, the District will:
· Ensure that parent leaders are knowledgeable about the provisions of Title I and NCLB legislation through support and training
· Disseminate through planning meetings and public meetings information regarding adequate yearly progress, low performing schools, school choice, and teacher and paraprofessional qualifications
· Actively involve parents in planning, reviewing and improving the District’s Title I and parent involvement programs
· Engage parent representatives in a collaborative planning process for the DCEP that provides a forum for analysis, discussion and feedback about concerns raised by parents about programs
· Provide parents with timely information on programs in District Title I Schools
· Provide for effective parent-school communications by giving sufficient notice of district schedules for parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, and citywide initiatives
· Involve parents as members of the District Leadership Team
· Utilize native language when providing training, sending reports and information and communicating with non-English speaking parents.
· Conduct an annual evaluation of the District’s involvement policy and where appropriate, a review of instructional programs
PART IV: ADOPTION
This District wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by District Leadership Team agendas, attendance sheets and meeting minutes.
This policy was adopted by Community School District 20 on 1/14/2014 and will be in effect for the period of 2 years. The school district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before April 1, 2014.