School and/or Districtwide Advocacy

School-Level and Districtwide Advocacy Efforts

Tools

  • "Components of a Parent Involvement Policy," (2009) (PDF) Handout describing seven components, at a minimum, that should comprise a Title I Parent Involvment Policy (source: 20 U.S.C. § 6318). The Policy must describe how families, teachers, and administrators will knowledgeably and effectively participate in developing the school's Title I schoolwide program plan or program plan as appropriate.
  • CLE Releases Key Tool for School Reform: Educational Quality Bill of Rights (EQBR) (PDF) CLE has developed both a short and long version of its EQBR. The EQBR is designed as a starting point both to help schools articulate what they need to provide to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education, and to advance district and state adequacy efforts to help ensure that the resources and supports are sufficient for schools to have the capacity to provide that high-quality education.
    • EQBR Short-form (1 page version) (PDF) identifies each key element of quality education in response to parent-oriented key questions about a school.
    • EQBR Longer version (PDF) outlines the contents and components of each of those key elements of quality education in response to parent-oriented key questions about a school.
  • "Family Literacy Resources," (June 2009) (PDF) Families at one school site used the parent involvement provisions of Title I to begin a school-wide focus on improving the literacy skills of students at their school. Conversations between families and teachers culminated in a workshop for families about ways families can support their child's literacy at home. Handout supplemented information provided at workshop. 
  • "Boston Public Schools Office of Family and Student Engagement Summer Institute Workshop: Developing a Family Engagement Policy," (August, 20 2008) (PDF) Presentation for members of the Boston Public Schools Office of Family and Student Engagement introducing a framework for making schools accountable to families, students, and other members of the school community for providing a high quality education to all children. Goal of the workshop is to introduce the legal provisions in Title I that require each school to develop a Parent Involvement Policy intended to lead to meaningful school-level change.