Parental involvement has always been a centerpiece of Title I. The statute defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
- that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
- that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
As indicated by the parental involvement provisions in Title I, Part A, the involvement of parents in their children’s education and schools is critical to that process:
SEAs must encourage an LEA and its schools receiving Title I, Part A funds to offer family literacy services if the LEA or school determines that a substantial number of Title I, Part A students have parents who do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent or who have low levels of literacy. Title I, Part A funds can be used to support the full range of family literacy activities.
Schools and LEAs must provide literacy training for parents; materials to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement; and, if necessary, training in how technology can help foster parental involvement. Other examples of activities that might be provided include:
- literacy programs that bond families around reading and using the public library.
- providing information about the essential components of reading instruction to enable parents to support the instructional practices used by the teacher.
The One School, One Book program provides a simple and yet effective way for schools to meet these requirements.