Parental involvement is a combination of commitment and active participation on the part of parent to the school and to the student. As parents you can ensure that your child receives the benefits from parental involvement by staying up to date on what is happening in the classroom.
Tulsa Public Schools is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he or she needs to succeed in school and beyond. As a result, these involvement opportunities empower parents to take action. By connecting parents to school officials, community members, other parents, knowledge, and powerful allies, these opportunities build bridges and networks that support schools and sustain whole communities.
Mark Twain Elementary
Parent Involvement Plan
Mark Twain Elementary shall promote parent involvement in all schools as mandated by Title I, in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and work as equal partners with parents in providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.
Mark Twain Elementary believes and acknowledges that parent involvement raises the academic achievement level of students. Additionally, parents become empowered, teacher morale improves and communities grow stronger when parents take an active role in educating their children. To this end, schools shall involve parents in the education of their children at all grades levels. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist all schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance. In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title I Parent Involvement establishes that to build capacity for parent involvement within schools, a district is to “develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents of participating children a written Parent Involvement Policy”.
Building Parents Capacity for Involvement
Mark Twain Elementary believes that empowering parents to insist on improvement and giving schools extra incentive to do so and by giving parents options regarding their children’s education helps the district to realize its mission to “inspire and prepare every student to love learning, achieve ambitious goals and make positive contributions to our world”. As a result of this belief, the Board shall create an environment of supportive and collaborative parent involvement.
1. Program Information for Parents: Mark Twain Elementary shall provide assistance to parents of all children in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content and achievement standards, the assessments being used, how to monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve their achievement and the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We will make every effort to ensure that parents are aware and educated on how to utilize “The Parent Portal” tool. We will communicate by all means possible with our parents: Mark Twain website, Peach Jar flyers, send home paper flyers, post on outdoor bulletin board, call through School Connect, and post on our PTA’s Mark Twain Facebook page.
2. Materials and Training: Mark Twain Elementary shall provide materials and training, such as literacy and technology training, to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement. We provide a “Parent Resource Center” in the Mark Twain Library and allow parents to check out books and resource materials to assist them in supporting their children’s education. To increase usage of this resource, we will send home a survey asking parents for suggestions of subject matter they would be interested in learning more about if it were made available.
3. Educate Educators: Mark Twain Elementary shall educate teachers, student services personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and the school.
4. Preschool Coordination: Mark Twain Elementary shall “to the extent feasible and appropriate,” coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs with Head Start, Even Start, and other preschool programs, and conduct other activities that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
5. Understandable Communication: Mark Twain Elementary shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the parents of all children in a format, and to the extent practicable, and in a language the parents can understand.
6. Grade Level Family Nights: Mark Twain Elementary will host a family night for each team of our Empower Cohorts, with a goal of two in the fall and two in the spring, to provide additional opportunities for parent and teacher interaction and to stimulate parent involvement in the education of their children. Academic “take home tools” will be demonstrated and provided for those in attendance.
7. School Wide Family Nights: Mark Twain Elementary will host a minimum of two school wide family night events, one in the fall and one in the spring to celebrate our student’s achievements and with the constant goal of increasing parent involvement.
8. Quarterly Awards Assemblies: Mark Twain Elementary will host quarterly awards assemblies to allow parents the opportunity to celebrate and share in the success of their students.
9. Other Requested Activities: Mark Twain Elementary shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
10. Mark Twain Elementary will convene at least once for an annual Title 1 meeting for parents, offering flexible times and child care in coordination with our Back to School Night hosted during the month of September.
11. Mark Twain Elementary will annually review the parent involvement policy and amend the site improvement plan.
Reviewed and Revised 9/25/2018 [Angie Teas (principal), Michelle Hilton (PIF), Stephanie Apfelbacher, Crystal Kite, Tina Patton, and Carolyn Goforth (Parents of Mark Twain students)]
District Involvement Information
- Stay Connected - TPS social media and smartphone app
- Tulsa Council of PTAs
- National PTA
- Booster Clubs/PTAs sanctioned organizations
- Parents as Teachers
- Student and Family Guide to Success (includes the Behavior Response Plan)
- Achieving. Classroom Excellence (ACE) Parental Curriculum Choice Letter
- Logrando la Excelencia en el Salón de Clases Carta hacia los Padres para la Selección de Currículo
- Parent Guide | Guía para Padres
- Parents Right To Know | El Derecho a Saber de los Padres
- Parent and Family Engagement Policy
- Educational Surrogate Parents Program
- All students need parental support to succeed. The Educational Surrogate Parents Program responds to the need for support and representation of students with disabilities whose parents are not available. This program relies on the commitment of volunteers who support a student's education by advocating for him/her to ensure that the student receives a free and appropriate public education.
Mark Twain Elementary
541 S 43rd W Ave
Tulsa, OK 74127