Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Building Capacity Staff Training

OCTOBER 9, 2018

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State academic standards; State and local academic assessments; Title I, Part A requirements; how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.

How to Build Capacity

I. Building Staff Capacity with Parents Objectives

  • Work with Parents as Equal Partners in their child's education
  • Foster parent engagement in the classroom and the school
  • Parents are stakeholders in their child's academic success

II. Building Capacity with Parents

  • Value and utility of contributions of parents
  • Reach out to communicate and work with parents as stakeholders
  • Implement and coordinate parent programs to build ties between home and the school

III. Value and Utility of Building Capacity with Parents

  • Partnering with parents builds relationships because it opens up 2-way communication, builds trust, and supports student success
  • Because parents were their child’s first teacher, partnering with them indicates that teachers/staff value the contributions parents make towards their child's academic achievement
  • Strategies are identified by teachers to further support student success both in school and through family involvement

IV. Communication is the Key!

  • Create a website or use weekly emails to tell parents about tests, projects, and homework assignments
  • Create a window into your classroom through Social Media or by submitting pictures to Titan Talk.
  • Communication is the key to Initiating and maintaining ties between home and school
  • Create Trust by being responsive, timely, relevant, and clear in purpose.

Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) Requirements for Building Staff Capacity:

  1. Assistance of parents (feedback and input of parents)
  2. Value and utility of parent contributions (volunteering in the classroom)
  3. Reach out to communicate with parents (effective communication)
  4. Work with parents as equal partners (i.e. implement and coordinate parent programs)
  5. Build ties with parents between school and home (i.e. resources for student achievement)

Title I Requirements

  • Each Title I school shall educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and 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 - Section 1116(e)(3)

  • Each Title I school shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parent in fully participating in the education of their children – Section 1116(e)(4)

  • Each Title I school shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand – Section 1116(e)(5) and Section 1112(e)(4)

  • Each Title I school shall implement an effective means of outreach to parents of English learners to inform the parents regarding how the parents can be involved in the education of their children and be active participants in assisting their children to attain English proficiency, achieve at high levels within a well-rounded education, and meet the challenging State academic standards expected of all students [and]… shall include holding, and sending notice of opportunities for, regular meetings for the purpose of formulating and responding to recommendations from parents of students assisted under [Title I] or Title III. – Section 1112(e)(3)(C)


Cheers for the Home Team!

"I absolutely love [my child's] teachers this year! I think they are all doing an amazing job!"

"Love the middle school from day one!"

"You guys are doing a great job!"

"Amazing environment! Very welcoming"

NOTE: 100% of parents polled indicated they were HAPPY with the school, teachers, and staff.

Note: Parent feedback from the Stakeholder Input Meeting FY19.


Three Strikes and Yer Out!

Strike One - Don't send Regular Emails
  • "Not all teachers send out regular emails"

Foul Ball...Strike Two - Don't Answer Emails

  • "Some do/Some don't"

Strike Three - Don't update websites or Home Access Center

  • "Update class websites so parents know about tests"

...and Yer Out!


Big picture

Student Feedback...Out of the Mouths of Babes!

Note: Student feedback was collected May 2018

NOTE: 10 out of 13 students indicated they were HAPPY with the school, teachers, and staff. The remaining three: 1 liked the teachers but indicated other students could be "mean, 1 was neutral, 1 indicated "no." Students polled were 7th graders.



Q: What have you always wanted to ask a teacher?

Student Answers:

  • Why do you give us so little time 4 projects?
  • Why does homework have to be so challenging?
  • How much is this grade worth?
  • When are you going to put it in the grade book?

Q: What is a way parents can help teachers?

Student Answers:

  • Donate supplies
  • Volunteer
  • Make kids do homework (parents should make kids do homework)
  • Email the teachers

Q: What is a way teachers can help parents?

Student Answers:

  • Email them about class updates email them about class updates
  • No homework on weekends
  • Help parents understand school
  • No tests over tests

Q: What are ways teachers can help students?

Student Answers:

  • Inform earlier
  • Emails
  • Study guide keys
  • More ways to make class fun

Q: What are ways parents can help students?

Student Answers:

  • Help with homework
  • Courage more (parents should have a little more in their faith in their child)


Base Hits & Home Run...for the Big Win!

More communication from teachers to parents about tests and homework to BOTH students and parents:

  • Email - Class specific emails about assessments, homework, and projects
  • Website - "Would like a section by grade with all teacher websites" for the Elkins Point website.

Hitting It Out of the Park - Grand Slam!!

  • Teacher websites published on the Elkins Pointe Website
  • Office365 "Teams" for your students. * See Trent Stapleton if you need help.



Please email, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles at ohanlon@fultonschools.org