Parent Engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.
The Georgia Department of Education’s Parent Engagement Program ensures that Title I, Part A parental involvement regulations are met with meaningful and strategic actions to build parent capacity as mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) ans the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Schools and districts must ensure that strong strategies are in place to: 1) build capacity to involve parents/stakeholders in an effective partnership with the school; and 2) share and support high student academic achievement.
The research is clear that when schools and families support each other, students of all backgrounds and various abilities achieve at higher levels. Therefore, the Parent Engagement Program believes that parents, schools, families, and communities working together can create meaningful partnerships that ultimately lead to significant gains across the board in student achievement. The goal of the Parent Engagement Program is to increase student achievement by assisting Title I schools and school districts to engage parents to become actively involved in their children’s education across all grade levels.
The Parent Engagement Program believes that parents, schools, families, and communities working together can create meaningful partnerships that ultimately lead to significant gains across the board in student achievement.
National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships
The Georgia Department of Education has adopted National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Standards for Family-School Partnerships as the state’s model in engaging parents, students and the community. To learn more about these standards, please visit www.pta.org/national_standards.asp.
Georgia Parent Involvement Coordinators (PIC) Network
There are approximately 900 Parent Involvement Coordinators throughout the state. Their focus is to offer a variety of informative sessions and meetings, link parents to resources in the community, and assist parents with navigating the school system so their children can obtain the resources required to help them achieve their maximum academic potential.
Parent Engagement professionals participate in professional development meetings that are held within their region during odd numbered years and a statewide family engagement event during the even numbered years. For details, click on the button below.