INTRODUCTION

Different Levels of Parent Involvement (DLOPI – pronounced de-low-pee) is a parent program with five modules designed to encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education, whether at school or at home. This program provides teachers with a simple computerized format for determining levels of parental involvement by assessing the student’s classroom performance and behaviors as measured by the parent or guardian’s interaction in their education.
This dynamic training is a collaborative outreach effort by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Family and Community Outreach, and Audrey Lewis, Executive Director, ARTS, Inc.

PURPOSE

The general purpose of the program is to offer training to parents and educators on the five levels of DLOPI to develop and strengthen parental involvement in their child’s education from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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LEVEL 1 – RESPONSIBILITIES & ATTENDANCE

• See that my child attends school regularly and on time
• Equip my child with necessary school supplies
• Provide the school with current demographic information
• Provide a home environment that encourages learning
• Encourage positive school feelings

LEVEL 2 – COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT

• Meet my child’s teacher
• Communicate regularly with my child’s teachers by phone/letters
• Talk with my child about school activities every day
• Encourage my child’s efforts and be available for questions
• Insist that all homework assignments be completed
• Provide a quiet, well-lighted place to study
• Support the school in developing self-discipline in my child

LEVEL 3 – LITERACY & TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE

• Encourage my child to read at home and monitor TV viewing
• Read with and let my child see me read
• Acquire a library card for my child
• Provide tutorial assistance for my child if needed
• Stay aware of what my child is learning

LEVEL 4 – VOLUNTEER & MENTORING

• Visit my child’s classroom
• Maintain regular contact with the teacher
• Volunteer in a needed area at school
• Volunteer to assist on field trips
• Send materials or supply items to assist in classroom activities
• Attend at least three PTSO meetings a year
• Become involved in planning school activities and fund raisers
• Attend all parent-teacher conferences

LEVEL 5 – LEADERSHIP & PARTNERSHIP

• Become an officer of the PTSO/PTA and school advisory council
• Participate in the decision-making process
• Attend trainings and workshops
• Train other parents and share information
• Become knowledgeable of current educational laws
• Maintain contact with lawmakers to help ensure the best educational support for all children
• Form a parent-teacher support group
• Maintain an open line of communication between the school and the community