SEDL Releases Title I Parental Involvement Toolkit

May 12, 2009
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Parental involvement is a key ingredient to every student’s success. Research suggests that students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, and graduate and go on to postsecondary education.

In order to facilitate family involvement, SEDL created A Toolkit for Title I Parent Involvement. The research-based resource provides a detailed explanation of the Title I, Part A parental involvement provisions in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind. In addition, more than 30 tools are available to help practitioners implement the requirements of the legislation. State departments of education, districts, and schools will find the explanations and the tools useful in increasing parent involvement and engagement.

“Making schools and classrooms accessible to parents, as well as increasing their academic and social support of their child, is the intended outcome of this toolkit,” said SEDL program associate and author Dr. Chris Ferguson. “When schools collaborate with parents to help their child learn and when parents participate in school activities, children do better in school and schools improve.”

The Title I, Part A provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides for substantive parental involvement at every level of the program. These provisions require local education associations, state education associations, and schools to identify critical points in the process of improving teaching and learning where parents and the community can intervene and assist in school improvement.

The toolkit describes the actions and processes each of the entities needs to take in order to meet the Title I, Part A provisions. More importantly, the toolkit provides information sheets, checklists, letters, surveys, and other resources that each education entity can use to implement its program. The toolkit is available online at and is available free of charge.

According to Karen Williams, education associate in the Office of Federal and State Accountability, South Carolina Department of Education, “The toolkit is an essential resource for state and local education agencies and others who have the responsibility of ensuring the effective implementation of Title I, Part A Parent Involvement provisions. This inclusive document provides invaluable information and resources for creating and sustaining parent and community involvement that leads toward improving student achievement. It's a powerful tool!”

The toolkit is authored by Dr. Chris Ferguson of SEDL in conjunction with the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education.

About SEDL

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