State law encourages districts to provide professional development for school personnel on parent and family engagement.
California Education Code 11502. Legislative purpose and goal
It is the purpose and goal of this chapter to do all of the following: (a) To engage parents and family members positively in their children’s education by providing assistance and training on topics such as state academic Standard and assessments to develop knowledge and skills to use at home to support their children’s academic efforts at school and their children’s development as responsible future members of our society. (b) To inform parents that they can directly affect the success of their children’s learning, by providing parents with techniques and strategies that they may utilize to improve their children’s academic success and to assist their children in learning at home. (c) To build consistent and effective two-way communication between family members and the school so that parents and family members may know when and how to assist their children in support of classroom learning activities. (d) To train teachers, school administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, and other staff to communicate effectively with parents as equal partners. (e) To integrate and coordinate parent and family engagement activities with the local control and accountability plan adopted pursuant to Section 47606.5, 52060, or 52066, as applicable, with other programs.
California Education Code 11503 Programs to Encourage Parental Involvement
The governing board of each school district and county office of education shall establish a written parent and family engagement program for each school in the district that receives funds under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.), as amended by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95). That program shall contain at least the following elements: (a) Procedures to ensure that parents and family members are consulted and participate in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the program. (b) Procedures to involve parents and family members in developing the Local Educational Agency Plan and school support and improvement plans under Section 6312 of Title 20 of the United States Code. (c) Procedures to provide assistance and support necessary to build schools’ capacity to plan and implement effective parent and family engagement activities. (d) Procedures to train teachers, school administrators, and other staff on outreach and effective communication with parents and family members as equal partners. (e) Regular and periodic programs throughout the school year that provide for training, instruction, and information on all of the following: (1) Parental and family member ability to directly affect the success of their children’s learning through the support they give their children at home and at school. (2) Explanation of curriculum, state academic achievement Standard, and state and local assessments. (3) Home activities, strategies, and materials that can be used to assist and enhance the learning of children both at home and at school. (4) Skills to assist parents and family members in understanding the development needs of their children and in understanding how to provide positive discipline for, and build healthy relationships with, their children. (5) Developing consistent and effective communications between the school and the parents and family members concerning the progress of the children in school and concerning school programs. (f) An annual statement identifying specific objectives of the program consistent with the requirements of this section. (g) An annual review and assessment of the program’s progress in meeting those objectives. Parents shall be made aware of the existence of this review and assessment through regular school communications mechanisms and shall be given a copy upon the parent’s request.
California Education Code 45391. Considerations in professional development expenditures; Definitions
(a) If a local educational agency expends funds for professional development for any schoolsite staff, the local educational agency shall consider the needs of its classified school employees. (b) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
- (1) “Classified school employee” means a person employed on a full-time or a part-time basis as a classified school employee at a community college, a public school, a charter school, or a county office of education.
- (2) “Local educational agency” means a school district, a county office of education, a charter school, or a community college district. (c) Professional development training for classified school employees to update their skills and to learn best practices may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- (1) Pupil learning and achievement, including all of the following:
- (A) Training for paraprofessionals to assist teachers and administrators to improve the academic achievement of pupils.
- (B) Training to ensure the curriculum frameworks and instructional materials are aligned to the common core Standard.
- (C) Training in the management and use of state and local pupil data to improve pupil learning.
- (D) Training on the best practices in the appropriate interventions and assistance for at-promise pupils.
- (2) Pupil and campus safety, including training and staff development in the latest and best practices for pupil safety and campus safety.
- (3) Education technology, including management strategies and best practices regarding the use of education technology to improve pupil performance.
- (4) School facility maintenance and operations, including new research and best practices in the operation and maintenance of school facilities, such as green technology and energy efficiency, that help reduce the use and the cost of energy at schoolsites.
- (5) Special education, including training and staff development on the best practices to meet the needs of special education pupils, and to comply with any new state and federal mandates.
- (6) School transportation and bus safety, including training and staff development on the best practices and Standard for pupil transportation.
- (7) Parent involvement, including training and staff development to enhance the ability of a school to increase parent involvement at schoolsites.
- (8) Food service, including training and staff development on new research and findings for food preparation to provide nutritional meals and food management.
- (9) Health, counseling, and nursing services, including training and staff development on the latest and best practices for pupil health care and counseling needs.
- (10) Environmental safety, including training and staff development on pesticides and other possibly toxic substances so that they may be safely used at schoolsites.
Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement
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