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Parent and Family Engagement
Region 7 ESC is committed to helping parents and schools build partnerships that benefit students and improve educational opportunities.  Every research study on parental involvement done over the past 20 years reached the same conclusion:  when parents are involved in their child’s education that child’s self esteem and academic achievement improve. Through the Parent Involvement Initiative and the Parent Coordination Network, Region 7 ESC seeks to support both parents and schools to improve communication, collaboration, and active involvement to improve student outcomes from preschool to high school, in communities large and small  
Parent Involvement
As a member of the Statewide Parent Involvement Initiative, Region 7 encourages collaboration among all stakeholders that serve children and families and believes the results will promote educational excellence in achievement for all students across the state. Priorities include: 

1.  Promoting supporting and encouraging engagement of parents at each of the following three parent involvement levels:  
     
        Level 1--This level includes a broad representation of parents who are not frequently visible in schools but make sure their children are prepared mentally, physically and nutritionally with materials and supplies needed for success. 
        Level 2--This level includes a smaller representation of parents who are visible in schools daily, weekly or monthly. These parents assist in a variety of ways at schools (office assistants, library assistance, paperwork, classrooms, discipline, etc).

        Level 3--This level includes an even smaller representation of parents who participate in school planning and governance. This is a group of parent leaders who motivate the involvement of other parents, give input on required parent policies and compacts, lead parent discussions, and give advice on parent needs. 

Regardless of the level of engagement, parental involvement is needed, appreciated and essential in helping students reach their fullest academic potential. 

2.  Support for parents, schools and community members as they collaborate to provide the best "village effort" to produce excellent schools in great communities.

3.  Offer trainings that will provide parents, schools and community members the knowledge needed to carry out effective school, parent and community partnerships.       

 

 

A Compact for Reading Guide


What’s New in ESSA? – Parent and Family Engagement Policy – District


What’s New in ESSA? – Parent and Family Engagement Policy - School


What’s New in ESSA? – School – Parent Compact


Public Law 114-95 Section 1116. PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Program Contact
Sherri Wright,  M.Ed.
(903) 988-6850
(903) 988-6860 fax