By Jessica Vician
It’s time to start planning your school’s budget for the 2017-2018 school year, which means it’s time to make due on that promise you made to yourself, your teachers and staff, or maybe even a few parents—fit parent engagement into the budget.
No matter how big or small your budget is, you can work parent engagement into it. Start small with a Parent Workshop to teach parents how to support college and career readiness at home. If your budget allows it, host a Training Workshop so that your staff can learn the YOU Program and then host your own parent workshops. The latter approach is the most cost-effective, as you are starting to build a sustainable parent engagement program at your school that you can expand each year.
Federal funding and grants are available to get you started.
Title I funds can be used for parent workshops, training workshops, and parent leadership training workshops, as these programs:
- Build capacity and leadership
- Guide parents to support academic achievement
- Make information fully accessible to parents
These workshops also qualify for Title III funds, as they are available in English and Spanish and can help Spanish-speaking parents learn the best practices for parent engagement practices and about the school’s resources for English Language Learners (ELLs).
Remember, you must use all of your 2016-2017 funding before you can use your 2017-2018 funding. If you have funds leftover this school year, end on a high note with a parent workshop, teaching parents how to avoid the summer slide. Then you can start 2017-2018 fresh, greeting new arrivals with a parent engagement program that they can participate in as it grows.
Contact us to chat about your school’s parent engagement needs and we will prepare a custom implementation plan for your review.