Parent InvolvementThe Annual Region III Parental Involvement Conference was held on October 20, 2011. There were 315 participants from 22 school districts and various other agencies. Consuelo Kickbusch, a nationally-known speaker, kept everyone actively engaged in her keynote addresses on how parents can help their children reach their potential. Participants then attended their choices of 15 breakout sessions dealing with a variety of parent-pertinent topics. This conference is provided as a means to assist Region III schools in offering quality professional development on parental involvement to parents and to educators. The 2012 conference will be held on November 1.
Parental Involvement requirements at the district and campus level are found throughout the various federal programs. The statute defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, ensuring that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning by being actively involved in their child's education at school as full partners who are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees. Other activities are to be carried out that will build the capacity of all parents. Training and technical assistance on these requirements and how to fulfill them are available through the ESC.Linda EasterlingParent Involvement