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Parents at Partners: The Role of Technology

How Rialto USD is using technology to support the active involvement of parents in our educational organization

noelle kreider

on 29 April 2010

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Parents at Partners:
The Role of Technology Resources People Opportunities Old building
Old computers
Online resources
Title I funds Parent Liason
District Staff
Babysitters Parent Unification Summit
Parent University
Parent Council
Parent Resource Center
Parent Technology Training
and more to come! Technology can...
Facilitate record keeping of parent involvement
Increase accountability for parent outreach
Inform and empower parents
Overcome obstacles of distance, time, and language Technology Training for Parents Free online registration forms

Members only access to data

Public access to participation rates Tips:
Use 3 separate questions to let parents indicate elementary, middle and high schools. Otherwise, participation data will not reflect parents with students at multiple school levels and the schools "fight" for the parent.
Remember to set the form's confirmation message to include the event information for parents to add to their personal calendars.
Don't collect paper forms! Have schools enter data into online form when they receive it.
Create form questions in the order you want them in your spreadsheet. New questions go to the end of sheet (even though you can re-order them in the form). Tips:
Limit the number of people who can edit data. Instead, give key people view only privileges.
Save a copy of the English registration spreadsheet (with form), and share this one with your district translator so s/he can convert it to Spanish. Tips:
Protect parent info - ONLY publish a totals page or embed a graph gadget in a separate webpage. Do NOT publish all pages.
If you provided a separate Spanish registration form, use the "Import Range" formula to include these numbers in your totals page.
If you let parents indicate multiple schools, you can't get a grand total from your school totals. Instead, use the "CountA" formula to count total # of names in the registration page. Kick-Off to Initialize Focus
Stimulated parents
Generated future opportunities -
Institute, Parent Council Policies and Procedures
Parent Accountability and Responsibility
Parents Have Homework Too
Parent-to-Parent Talk
School Involvement vs. Parent Engagement
PTA/PTO Organizational Practices
School Site Councils
School Report Card
How to be an Effective Volunteer

Connecting link to school sites
Core team building
Information center at school site
Link back to Parent Institute Information Center
Pamphlets, community resources
Advocacy Service Visit Us Online!
http://www.rialto.k12.ca.us - click Parent Outreach Curtis Winton
RUSD Parent Outreach Liaison

Noelle Kreider
Technology Integration Coach Schools that succeed in engaging families from diverse backgrounds share three key practices:

Focus on building trusting, collaborative relationships among teachers, families and community members
Recognize, respect and address families' needs, as well as class and cultural differences
Embrace a philosophy of partnership where power and responsibility are shared

(Mapp, 2002; see also Chrispeels and Rivero, 2000 )
Higher performing schools effectively
involve families and community http://www.ncpie.org/WhatsHappening/researchJanuary2006.cfm Recordkeeping & Accountability with iGoogle Online Resources for Parents
Translation tool
School calendar
Teacher class pages & email
Textbook resources
Library catalogs & databases
Internet safety resources
Sample Form:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEx0bkgzTVZkWGx2ZUJTX3NmazF1NEE6MA Sample data:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0ArVxGL8ug3brdEx0bkgzTVZkWGx2ZUJTX3NmazF1NEE&gid=0 Sample school totals:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tLtnH3MVdXlveBS_sfk1u4A&single=true&gid=1&output=html presentation available online at:
http://www.RialtoSchools.org/blogs/nkreider Go to www.rialto.k12.ca.us and choose a school Attendance Data:
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