Parent and Family Engagement
Oak Ridge Schools defines Parent and Family Engagement as school, family and community partnerships built on trust and meaningful communication that creates strong academic support systems for all students.
The district and each school shall implement programs, activities, and procedures that support the six Tennessee Standards for Family School Partnerships. Oak Ridge School staff and faculty are expected to know, understand and implement these standards collaboratively with families and parents.
Tennessee Standards for Family School Partnership
Standard 1: Welcoming all Families into the School Community
Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class and school.
Standard 2: Communicating Effectively
Families and school staff engage in regular, meaningful communication about student learning.
Standard 3: Supporting Student Success
Families and school staff continuously work together to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Standard 4: Speaking up for Every Child
Families are informed and enabled to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Standard 5: Sharing Power
Families and school staff are equal partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Standard 6: Collaborating with Community
Families and school staff work together with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
Title I Shared Responsibilities
Parent and Family Engagement
Parent and Family Engagement is an important component of Title I. Research has consistently shown that parents can influence their child’s education and success in school. We encourage you to be actively involved in your child’s education.
How Can Parents Help?
- Make sure your child attends school each day.
- Support your school’s extracurricular activities.
- Join your school’s PTO.
- Volunteer at your child’s school.
- Attend parent/teacher conferences.
- Communicating with your child’s teacher regularly by phone or email.
- Keep your child’s teacher informed about events that may effect your child’s success at school.
Annual Title I Parent Meetings
Each Title I school has an annual Title I meeting. These meetings are held at the beginning of each school year and provide opportunities to learn about the Title I program, policies, procedures, and curriculum in each school.
Title I Information Power Points
Glenwood Elementary School Title I Information
Linden Elementary School Title I Information
Willow Brook Elementary School Title I Information
Woodland Elementary School Title I Information
Title I Parent Advisory Committees
Each Title I school has a Parent Advisory Committee that meets quarterly to discuss school and community issues. This committee is essential to creating a successful partnership between the school, home and the community. The mission of the Parent Advisory Committee is to involve families, schools and the community in the educational success of all children through active participation and clear communication.
Expectations of the committee:
-Represent all parents and students in your school
-Attend quarterly meetings
-Share ideas and information with others
-Work collaboratively with your principal, Family Liaison and the school PTO in order to increase Parent and Family Engagement
-Provide feedback regarding Title I policies and activities
If you are interested in joining your school’s Parent Advisory Committee, please email your school principal or Allison Peters, Title I Family Liaison at AKPeters@ortn.edu for more information.
Title I Family School Compacts
The Oak Ridge School District believes that a school, home, and community partnership is essential to the success of all children. Parent and Family Engagement is key to a positive school experience. Each Title I school creates a family-school compact which outlines how parents, students, and staff will work together to share responsibility for creating a safe and welcoming campus and improving student academic achievement.
Family School Compacts by School
Glenwood Elementary School
Linden Elementary School Family/School Compacts(by grade level)
Willow Brook Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School
Title I Staff
Dr. Kelly Williams