The Annual Region 3 Parental and Family Engagement Conference is held in the fall at the Victoria Comunity Center. Families, school districts and various other agencies participate and a guest speaker fouses on how parents can help their children reach their potential. Participants then attended their choices of several breakout sessions dealing with a variety of parent-pertinent topics. This conference is provided as a means to assist Region 3 schools in offering quality professional development on parental involvement to parents and to educators.Due to the COVID situation, the annual conference has been cancelled for 2020.
Parental and Family Engagement (PFE) requirements at the district and campus-level are found throughout the various federal programs including Title IV, special education. and pre-school grants. It is also the third Element in TIA Campus Improvement Plans. 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. There is also a requirement that parents (plural) are included 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.