Title I - Parenting and Family Engagement

General Information

Parent involvement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication and collaboration between parents, schools and communities with the goal of increasing student academic achievement and success. The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) works diligently to ensure that our Title I parents and students receive extraordinary services and opportunities as we meet Title I regulations with meaningful and strategic actions. Building parent capacity as mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (ESEA) is the essential component to our system's Parenting Program. Our Title I schools and MCSD strive to build capacity to involve parents and stakeholders in an effective partnership as well as share in and support high student academic achievement.

The term parental involvement means the participation of parents in ongoing, two-way, meaningful communication involving student learning and other school activities ensuring that:

  • Parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning.
  • Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school.
  • Parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, when appropriate, in decision making to assist in the education of their child.

School District's Role in Supporting Student Success
Local educational agencies (LEAs) are defined as school districts, county offices of education and direct-funded charter schools that are responsible for the following actions:
  • Developing a Parental Involvement Policy with the participation of parents
  • Planning and implementing educational programs, activities and procedures involving parents as required under Title I
  • Reserving 1% of Title I funds for parental involvement activities
  • Conducting annual parent surveys and implementing changes based upon the results of those surveys
  • Building capacity by providing early literacy and technology training to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement
  • Providing full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents of migratory children in a language and format they can understand

School's Role in Supporting Student Success
Currently, all MCSD Title I schools are school-wide programs. This means that school staff work to improve the school's educational program in an effort to increase the achievement of all students, particularly those who are low achieving and thus could benefit from extra supports or services.

Each school will:
  • Hold an annual meeting, at a convenient time for parents, to discuss the school's parental involvement plan, how funding may be spent and the rights of parents.
  • Develop jointly, with the school's parents, the school's Parental Involvement Policy and a School-Parent Compact.
  • Provide full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents of migratory children in a language and format they can understand.
  • Provide information and training to parents about the Georgia Standards of Excellence, Georgia Milestones Assessment System, the school district's curriculum, technology and how parents can monitor their child's progress.

Documents and Resources

Parent Involvement Policy - English Version
Parent Involvement Policy - Spanish Version
Parent Liaisons by School

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Parent Liaison?

The Muscogee County School District's (MCSD) liaisons serve as a link between the schools and parents. Their key responsibilities include conducting workshops, sharing information with parents and developing strategies for increasing parental involvement in MCSD activities. The liaisons work closely with schools to enhance the learning environment and ensure federal compliance with each school’s parent involvement policy.

What is the Parent Right to Know Letter?

Schools must provide to individual parents timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned, or taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks (20 consecutive school days), by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

What is the purpose of the Title I Annual Meeting?

Each Title I school must convene an annual meeting, at a time convenient to parents to inform them of their school's participation in Title I and to explain the requirements and the right of the parents to be involved in the services offered through Title I.

What is the Parental Involvement Policy?

MCSD and each Title I school must develop jointly with parents a written parental involvement policy that describes how the district and/or school will carry out the parent involvement requirements,

What is the Home-School Compact?

Each Title I school must develop jointly with parents a school-parent compact as a component of the written parental involvement policy. The school-parent compact must describe the school's responsibility, ways in which the parents will be responsible for supporting their child's learning and the child's responsibility for their own learning.

How do Title I schools build capacity for parent engagement?

Title I schools must provide early literacy and technology training to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement. Parents should be provided with a description of the Georgia Standards of Excellence, the local curriculum and the Georgia Milestones Assessment used to measure student achievement. Training is provided to parents in the use of the Internet to enable them to monitor their child's progress and to work with the teacher to improve the achievement of their child.

Contact Information

Veverlyn Ealy Program Specialist - Parenting