MCCS implements program to boost parent engagement

Madison County Central School grades Pre-K through fifth grade will be participating in Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) during the upcoming school year. APTT is a research and evidence-based system offered by WestEd that is unique and authentic. Throughout the year, parents and teachers will meet three times, at the beginning, middle and end of the year for 75 minutes. At the meeting, the teachers will review the data with parents about where their child is academically, provide practice material for parents to assist students at home and assist the parents in setting goals for their child in the next 60 days. Teachers will also set up time to assist parents individually. At the end of the year there will be a family focus group for parents that participated to discuss what they learned and how to improve for the next year. Marlon Davis, Senior Program Associate of Family Engagement for WestEd will attend the three meetings to observe and will meet with the teachers after each meeting to share his thoughts and suggestions. Tawanna Christian, Guidance Counselor for Pre-K through fifth grade, wants to emphasis that the meetings are not only for parents. They invite anyone that is involved in the learning process of the child including grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles to attend the meeting.

1. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, August 6, 2015. Marlon Davis, Senior Program Associate of Family Engagement for WestEd, instructs the Madison County Central School teachers about implementing Academic Parent Teacher Teams for the upcoming school year.

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