The Browning Elementary Targeted Title I Parent Involvement Plan has been created through the collaborative efforts of staff and parent feedback. Parents were an integral part in the development of this plan and their feedback and suggestions are utilized in making updates to our Targeted Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan. During the 2022-2023 school year we reviewed the plan during a PTA Meeting where all members were invited. Parents had the opportunity to learn the details of the plan, ask any questions they may have, and offer feedback. Feedback was incorporated into the plan as appropriate. The plan will also be posted on our school website for families unable to attend the annual meeting to review and contact the school should they have any questions or would like to provide feedback. The Home/School Compact was reviewed with input during the Annual Title I Parent Meeting. To solidify a partnership teachers, parents, and students signed the Home/School Compact during fall conferences.
We held our Annual Title I Parent Meeting at Fall Open House/Curriculum Night with a follow up presentation for families at the first PTA Meeting. We explained the Title I program, how it supports students’ needs, and addressed how funds are used.
This meeting covered the Title I Schoolwide Parent and Family Engagement Plan, the Targeted Title I program, and how parents can assist their child in being academically and socially successful.
Browning Elementary holds flexible meetings throughout the school year. Informal feedback from our parent community indicates that a majority of parents prefer evening meetings. As a result of Covid-19, the option for in person or virtual conferences has been provided to the community. The principal, teachers and Title I team were available to meet in person or virtually during Fall Conferences in November and Spring Conferences in February. The format of the conferences was determined by family preference. Meetings are available during school hours by appointment when requested. To attract more families to attend school sponsored events childcare is available. Handouts and materials are provided to all those that attend. For those parents that are not able to attend, materials will be sent home and/or are available upon request.
Browning Elementary has previously and will continue to include parents in the planning, review, and involvement of programs. Along with the principal and staff, PTA members work together to help determine needs and strengths of our building. During the 2022-2023 Fall Annual Meeting, the Home School Compact was reviewed and parents had the opportunity to ask any questions they may have and offer feedback. In addition, the Parent and Family Engagement Plan was reviewed during the April 13, 2023 PTA meeting and parents were able to ask questions and offer feedback. Parents were given the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback via the Strategic Planning Survey which was interpreted by Hanover Research in May of 2022. It is our intention in the upcoming school year via Blackboard and other forms of communication, to inform parents where to find our digital newsletter which will include the process for providing feedback.
Parents at Browning receive timely information regarding school programs through fall curriculum nights, parent-teacher conferences, and Kindergarten Open House. In addition, we utilize automated phone calls, emails, and text messages. Other information is distributed by the classroom teacher through email, individual notes home, the student’s daily agenda, Remind, ClassDojo, personal and/or phone conferences, and online access to student's grades and attendance via PowerSchool Parent Portal. Additionally, testing results and supporting explanation is sent directly to parents through PowerSchool Parent Portal. General information for the school is available on Browning’s website: https://uticak12.org/browning, robocall (automated voicemail recorder sent to all parents by the principal), and through the district television station.
Browning Elementary staff sends notes to parents informing them when their child is participating in a tiered intervention with our Literacy Coach or receiving English Language Learner Support from our English Learner Teacher. Parents are informed as soon as their student is identified as at risk (below grade level based on classroom assessments). This note includes: the service the child is receiving, who is responsible for providing this service and their contact information, amount of time the child is seen per week and what parents can do at home to help their child.
During Browning’s curriculum night/open house teachers explain the Core Curriculum Standards/Grade Level Content Expectations for their grade level. The teachers also share assessments used in their classroom at curriculum night. In addition, parents are notified of future assessments through classroom newsletters, various social media platforms, Remind, ClassDojo, and student daily agendas. The District and School share information with parents regarding when the M-STEP, WIDA, and NWEA assessments take place. Letters and/or other descriptors are sent explaining their child's M-STEP, WIDA, and NWEA results in detail. The Principal uses Blackboard to share important information regarding assessment dates. During fall and winter parent-teacher conferences, classroom teachers inform parents of student proficiency levels and where the student should be upon exiting the current grade level. Ongoing contact through email and phone calls is provided to those students who fall below proficiency levels.
At Browning, parents can contact the principal, teachers, and support staff by telephone, e-mail, or schedule a meeting before/during/after school to discuss their child. Conferences are scheduled in the fall, (November) for every student and again in the spring (February) for those students that need additional support. Throughout the year, additional conferences are available upon parent request. The Title I Literacy Coach & English Language Learner Teacher are also available to participate in parent teacher conferences. Title I & EL teacher support staff are available to answer questions, provide examples on how to teach a particular skill/strategy, and receive feedback from parents about their student’s progress at home.
In addition to the annual survey, parents can contact the principal with any suggestions they may have for improvements of programs. Parents can address concerns during PTA meetings. Parents may ask questions and discuss concerns with the classroom teacher, Title I Literacy Coach and/or the principal. Contact can occur through many venues including emails, phone calls, TEAMS meetings, parent/teacher conferences, pre-arranged face-to-face meetings and informal discussion settings.We review the feedback and make revisions at that time, if necessary, for the following school year.
The Utica Community School District sends a parent report with individual M-Step, WIDA and NWEA scores. We have conferences available in November for all students and February upon request. In the future our plan is to provide information related to grade level content expectations. The content expectations will be thoroughly explained by teaching staff so that parents have the understanding in how to best help their children succeed. In continued support of our parents, the Literacy Coach and EL Teacher are available during conferences to discuss local and district assessments. During Kindergarten Open House, new Kindergarten parents are introduced to kindergarten academic expectations and provided with literacy materials. They also receive training from our Literacy Coach on ‘at home’ strategies so the students are ready to learn on the first day of school.
This year during our Curriculum/Annual Title I Night and Kindergarten Open House our parents were given training and materials. Next year, additional Parent Support Nights will provide materials and training as well. Supporting our families with online platforms such as Schoology and PowerSchool will be a priority as parents indicated that they would like to have support in the fall of the upcoming school year.
Title I students also bring home materials borrowed or to keep that are purchased with Title I funds. The EL district night also gives informational materials to parents. Weekly district UCS Update emails, classroom newsletters, digital literacy newsletters and building/district websites provide important materials and training for parents.
Principal offers professional development for staff on effectively communicating with parents. New ideas as well as peer reviewed articles and professional videos are shared at staff meetings.
Browning Elementary collaborates with the Early Childhood Special Education program to transition students from a preschool setting to our building. Once the child reaches Kindergarten age, we support with their transition to an appropriate academic learning setting. We also involve the SEED and ECSE programs in our communication of all events at the school.
Bear Days is a welcome back event that is held prior to the first day of school for our school community. Families are invited to tour the school and students are able to meet staff members and often times, their new classroom teacher. In October, Browning families were invited to attend our Family Game Night in partnership with Learning Gizmos. Teachers led various challenging math and literacy games for both students and their families to enjoy. During March is Reading Month, Browning hosted a Family Literacy Night. This event is a building wide event with stations that support literacy throughout various classrooms.
Our district offers EL informational nights for parents to learn about opportunities and programs their child participates in at school, along with ways to support their child’s learning. Our special education team invites families to share information on their child’s progress towards their individualized goals. During this meeting it is collaboratively determined if the child’s supports and accommodations are effective. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer in extracurricular programs such as Science, Math, and Social Studies Olympiads. Parents of students as well as local senior citizens volunteer with our younger learners two to three times a week to provide additional support with literacy activities.
We provide translated documents in multiple languages for our families. We provide both written (hard copy) and digital information as needed. We provide, through the Macomb Intermediate School District, interpreters for deaf parents. Family liaisons are available to interpret for select languages. In addition, we use LanguageLine Solutions interpreters for translations. All information shared is reader friendly written in a format easy to understand and free of acronyms.
Parents with limited English proficiency: Communication is provided through the use of translators or LanguageLine Solutions as needed. We provide translated documents in multiple languages for our families. The UCS District website can be accessed in multiple languages.
Parents with disabilities: Our building is ADA compliant for those with physical disabilities. We utilize the services of the Macomb ISD to assist parents who may have hearing or visual impairments. Every effort will be made to provide large print or braille when needed.
Parents with migratory children: We will meet with the family to discuss the transition and offer ways to support their child during the absence. Academic resources will be made available for parents to take with them to help their children. When the children return, a meeting will be held to help make the transition back to the school easier. We will bring the family up to date on school activities, reassess the child if necessary, and provide necessary services.