Family and Community Engagement
In an effort to increase parental involvement and family and community engagement in Texas districts and schools, TEA requested that TXCC organize a Title I Statewide Parent Focus Group (SPFG) in November 2010. The group is comprised of stakeholders that include parents and principals from elementary, middle, and high schools; community service providers; education service center staff; and TEA staff.
The goal of the Title I SPFG is to promote engagement of parents and the community in sharing responsibility for student success. To accomplish its goal the members of the Title I SPFG share resources and best practices to promote engagement and use targeted messages to encourage parents and the community to become involved in the education system. Sharing peer-to-peer is a strategy used to build support at each stakeholder level (parents reach out to other parents, principals to principals, etc.).
Work in 2010–2011
During its first year, the Title I SPFG held quarterly meetings to establish its goals and to determine, plan, and implement actions targeted to have the greatest impact on increasing engagement. The group identified several messages to be used for communicating the importance of parental involvement and family and community engagement in supporting student learning. It also developed lists of individual and group actions that can be implemented to promote involvement. The meetings helped increase networking, collaboration, and understanding of the different roles and responsibilities for family and community engagement.
Work in 2011–2012
In December 2011, the Title I SPFG collaboratively developed and launched its first conference presentation, debuting the Title I SPFG messages at the Statewide Parental Involvement Conference in Dallas, Texas.