Outline of the state of Tennessee

Professional Development on Family Engagement

Professional Development on Family Engagement

State law encourages districts to provide professional development for school personnel on parent and family engagement.

2017 Tennessee Code Annotated 49-2-305. Development and adoption of program to promote involvement of parents and guardians.

(b) The policy adopted by the LEA pursuant to this section may also include the following components:

  • (1) A plan by which parents will be made aware of the district's parental involvement policy and this section, including:
  • (A) Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. § 1232 et seq.), relating to access to children's official records; and
  • (B) Information through which parents may access LEA policies and curriculum;
  • (2) Efforts to encourage the development of parenting skills;
  • (3) The communication to parents of techniques designed to assist the child's learning experience in the home;
  • (4) Efforts to encourage access to community and support services for children and families;
  • (5) The promotion of communication between the school and parents concerning school programs and the academic progress of the parents' children;
  • (6) Identifying opportunities for parents to participate in and support classroom instruction in the school, including:
  • (A) Organizing fundraising initiatives;
  • (B) Volunteering as a field trip chaperone;
  • (C) Assisting in the library, computer lab or on the playground;
  • (D) Offering after school clubs; and
  • (E) Recycling clothes;
  • (7) Efforts to support parents as shared decision-makers and to encourage membership on school advisory committees;
  • (8) The recognition of the diversity of parents and the development of guidelines that promote widespread parental participation and involvement in the school at various levels;
  • (9) The development of preparation programs and specialized courses for certified employees and administrators that promote parental involvement; and
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