OPS Title I Director:
Ms. Tina L. Forté
Title I, Omaha Public Schools
Teacher Administrative Center
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2024
When schools work together with families to
support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but through
life. The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is
not income or social status, but also the extent the student’s family is able
Create a home environment that encourages
Express high and realistic expectations for
their child’s achievement and future careers.
Become involved in their children’s education
at school and in the community.
way to be an involved parent is partnering with your child’s school**
take advantage of the many family nights and events your school has planned for
Parents are the key component in the success of their child's education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal law, Section 1116, passed in 2015 mandated school districts to set up policies and procedures to form effective school/home partnerships. As part of that mandate, the Omaha Public Schools, working cooperatively with parents and families, continues to develop programs and practices that enhance parent involvement in the education of their youth.
The Title I program of OPS is actively involved in seeing that schools, parents, and students work together to attain achievement of high academic standards. To that end, a Title I Parent Involvement Policy was developed through meaningful communication with the Title I Advisory council and the Title I schools' parent organizations. The primary goals of this policy encourage parents to be actively involved in their children's education in school.
Policy requirements state that to ensure these goals, School/Parent Compacts are to be formed. These organizations describe the school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction. They also provide ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children's learning. Both school and parent are encouraged to participate in a regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.
ESSA and the resulting OPS/Title I Parent Involvement Policy have opened the schoolhouse doors and built roads from them to its community's homes. The architects of the program have designed the path to provide a reciprocal journey. Parents are invited to be full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child. For its part, OPS and its Title I schools will educate its administrators, teaching staff, and specialists to "reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners...in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and school...providing staff development, and providing resources for communication."
The goals are set high and are attainable. Parents can, by working with their children and educational personnel, make their school more than just a building. They have the ability to make their school a learning community where the educational quest for excellence is achieved.
Title I will be providing additional family engagement opportunities throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
Please check back for information regarding those events at a later date.