Under the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/No Child Left Behind), school districts receiving Title I federal funding are required to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their children’s education. These opportunities must encompass: establishment of a parental involvement school policy, a school-family compact, incorporation of parental involvement in the school plan, effective strategies for increasing home-school communication, parent/family support for learning at home, involvement in school decision-making, and parental input in the use of the 1% set-aside budget for parent involvement. MAEC works with districts, schools, community and faith based organizations, and organized parent groups (PTO/PTAs, etc.) to establish policies, practices, school-wide programs, and services to ensure that all Title I parental involvement requirements are met.
As part of our Title I work, MAEC provides Family, School and Community Engagement (FSCE) support to Baltimore City Schools through the Community Support for Schools grant. The CSS grant provides funding to MAEC and local schools to build the capacity of staff, parents, and community members to become involved in education through targeted and specific projects aimed at increasing student achievement. MAEC staff works closely with school leadership, community and faith based organizations, and families to develop school-community-business partnerships, increase family engagement, promote learning opportunities at home, and empower parents/caregivers to become decision-makers in their children’s schools.
In Prince George’s County Public Schools, MAEC staff assists the Title I Office to deliver district-wide, area parent meetings in English and Spanish on topics on navigating the school system, parent/teacher conferences, literacy, college/career readiness, and linking FSCE to student learning. MAEC also supports PGCPS Title I in delivering professional development to Title I staff on FSCE, Title I requirements, working with culturally and economically diverse students, and alignment with school improvement goals.
MAEC provides professional development to school staff and parent/caregivers on a variety of topics.
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Professional development trainings and workshops for educators: