Title 1 Documentation
As a school that receives Title 1 funds, it is important to us that you can access information as required by Federal Law. Please contact us at 215-400-7600 if you have any questions about the documents posted below. Thank you parents and families for partnering with us.
Title 1 Right to Know Letter
Office of Federal Programs 3 rd Floor, Portal D 440 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
August 30, 2021
Dear Parents/ Guardians:
As a parent or guardian of a student attending a school that is receiving Federal Title I dollars, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teacher(s) and instructional paraprofessional(s) who instruct your child.
Federal law requires every Title I school district to comply and to provide you with the requested information in a timely manner. All schools have on file a listing of faculty members and their professional qualifications. At any time, you may ask:
- whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,
- whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and
- what undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.
You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed into law in December 2015, includes additional right to know requests. At any time, you may request:
- Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments and procedures for opting out, and
- Information on required assessments that include:
o subject matter tested,
o purpose of the test,
o source of the requirement (if applicable),
o amount of time it takes students to complete the test, and
o time and format of disseminating results.
All of the above information can be requested through your school principal.
Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the skills he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals meet applicable Pennsylvania state requirements. We look forward to the upcoming school year, and together we will make a difference in your child’s life.
Director of Federal Programs
Please click the links below to see a signed PDF of the above letter
Benjamin Franklin High School
Parent and Family Engagement Policy
School Year 2020-2021 Revision Date: 05/07/2020
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Benjamin Franklin High School receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).
The Benjamin Franklin High School agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:
Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school, distribute it to the parents of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community.
Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
If the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
(A) Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
(B) Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
(C) Parents are 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
(D) Other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA
DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT
REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
Section A: JOINTLY DEVELOPED
Benjamin Franklin High School will take the following actions to involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible. Methods of involving parents and families in this process include:
Parents are invited to review and provide input on the Parent and Family Engagement Policy and the School-Parent Compact annually during the Spring Title I Meeting. This document was reviewed by parents and updated on 5/07/2020.
School Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings
Parent Engagement Surveys
Parent Climate Surveys
Parents are invited to review and provide feedback on the school plan and budget prior to their finalization for the subsequent school year.
Meeting times will be varied (morning and afternoon sessions)
Parents have an option to attend meetings virtually (via Zoom or Google Hangout/Meet)
Section B: ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING
Benjamin Franklin High School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-parent compact.
This information is reviewed during the Annual Title I Meeting, which will be part of Back to School Night: September 2020. At this meeting a powerpoint presentation will be given by administration or their designee with information about parent rights under Title I as well as how to work with educators, track student progress, and information about Title I part A and state and local assessments and content standards.
During classroom visits teachers will introduce parents to the Google classroom platform and support parents with accessing their students work to monitor progress
Section C: COMMUNICATIONS
Benjamin Franklin High School will take the following actions to provide parents of participating children with (1) Timely information about the Title I programs, (2) Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, (3) transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement and may use Title I funds and (4) Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
Communication from the school will be sent out in easy to understand format and language through many media including:
Automated Phone Call System
Personal phone calls by student interns
Social Media: Twitter and Insta Gram
BFHS Family Handbook
Parent and Family Engagement Policy and School-Parent Compact are distributed in agenda books in the fall
Translations are available, as needed, through the Office of Translations
Meetings and conferences for parents will be held at various times to accommodate parent schedules and increase parent participation
Section D: SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT
Benjamin Franklin High School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.
Parents are invited, each spring, to review and update the School-Parent Compact in conjunction with the updating of the Parent and Family Engagement Policy. The Compact was reviewed and parent input incorporated on 5/07/2020.
Section E: RESERVATION OF FUNDS
Benjamin Franklin High School will take the following actions to involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent by:
Reviewing the budget and school plan at the annual Title One Winter Meeting. Parents are invited, at this meeting, to give input into how to spend the Title I parent funds (1%). This year, that meeting took place on 2/5/20.
Surveys are distributed to parents and include the opportunity to provide feedback on how Parent Involvement funds are spent.
Section F: COORDINATION OF SERVICES
Benjamin Franklin High School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:
Coordinating college and career readiness events with local partners, students, and parents.
Participating in transition activities for BFHS students.
Utilizing the Family Engagement Center for technology needs, parent resources, and books to help parents support students with academic, attendance, and behavioral goals.
Planning training sessions for parents on how to access the online parent portal.
Section G: BUILDING CAPACITY OF PARENTS
Benjamin Franklin High School will build the parents’ capacity for strong parent and family engagement to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following:
Providing parents with a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the achievement levels of the challenging State academic standards; and
Materials and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parent and family engagement
Providing assistance to parents of participating children, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
The challenging State’s academic standards
The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
The requirements of Title I, Part A
How to monitor their child’s progress
How to work with educators to improve the achievement of their child
Topics a) through e), as well as an explanation about the curriculum (using Curriculum Engine) used by Ben Franklin, are reviewed during the Annual Title I meeting held during Back to School Night.
Information about progress monitoring is shared with parents on a quarterly basis in conjunction with quarterly reports. Staff train parents in accessing student data through the parent portal at various times, including during report card conferences.
Staff will also be available to offer training/support to parents on an as-needed basis as well as presentations at Home and School meetings.
When appropriate, information will be provided in languages other than English.
Section H: BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF
Benjamin Franklin High School will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, 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 by:
Participating in community building activities involving students, parents and staff.
Participating in training that focuses on effectively communicating with parents and guardians to maximize opportunities for student achievement. This will be informed by feedback provided by parents via survey. This training will occur as part of a district-wide professional development day in the fall or winter.
Participating in training to utilize the Parent Portal and Student Information System to provide ongoing communication to families.
Benjamin Franklin High School will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as parents may request by:
Establishing partnerships with community-based programs to assist with supporting students and parents with receiving services needed to meet educational goals.
Benjamin Franklin High School
2020-2021 School Year, Revision Date 05/07/2020
The parents, students, and staff of Benjamin Franklin High School partnered together to develop this school-parent compact for achievement. Parents are encouraged to attend annual revision meetings held in the Spring each year to review the compact and make suggestions based on student needs and school improvement goals. This year that meeting was held on May 7, 2020. Parents are also encouraged to participate in the School Family Engagement survey that is also used as a tool to collect parent feedback regarding the current Title I programs, policies and family engagement.
To understand how working together can benefit your child, it is first important to understand the district’s and school’s goals for student academic achievement.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA ANCHOR GOALS:
100% of students will graduate, ready for college and career.
100% of 8-year-olds will read on grade level.
100% of schools will have great principals and teachers.
SDP will have 100% of the funding we need for great schools, and zero deficit.
Benjamin Franklin’s Goals:
At least 60% of students will attend school 95% of days or more.
At least 25% of students will score at Proficient or Advanced on the English Keystone exam.
At least 10% of students will score at Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I Keystone exam.
At least 75% of 9th grade students will earn a minimum of 5 credits (four core plus one more) with As or Bs.
At least 95% of 12th grade students will be on track for graduation.
To help your child meet the district and school goals, the school, you, and your child will work together:
Benjamin Franklin High School Teachers will:
Host a Back to School Night in September 2020 to discuss Title One policies, the school budget, curricular programs and the annual calendar.
Provide quarterly reports to parents regarding the academic performance of their students.
On a monthly basis a parent newsletter will be posted on the school website to inform family members of the initiatives and events that are occurring at BFHS.
Host quarterly celebrations for parents to share in the attendance and academic accomplishments of their children.
Provide training to parents for technology based programs such as Google classroom, Parent Portal, online intervention programs.
We, as parents, will:
Participate in school sponsored activities that are held to inform parents about ways to help students excel academically
Attend quarterly report card conferences to obtain information regarding the progress toward earning required credits
Support the school by encouraging their children to adhere to attendance policies
Support the school’s ability to communicate with families by providing email addresses and/or any address or phone number changes throughout the year.
We, as students, will:
Adhere to the School District of Philadelphia’s Code of Conduct
Attend school regularly and on time
Attend all classes and complete all coursework
COMMUNICATION ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING:
Benjamin Franklin High School is committed to frequent two-way communication with families about children’s learning. Some of the ways you can expect us to reach you are:
Parent information board in the Parent Engagement Center
One call telephone system
BFHS InstaGram accounts (#BFHSnews and #BFHSfreshmanacademy)
ACTIVITIES TO BUILD PARTNERSHIPS:
Benjamin Franklin High School offers ongoing events and programs to build partnerships with families.
Back to School Night
Lunch/Dinner Events in the Franklin Stove
Award /Recognition Ceremonies
Open Door Policy for the Parent Engagement Center
Family Recruitment Events
Parent training for online programs: Parent Portal, Google Classroom, Google Hangout/Meet, Zoom