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Karen Bowler

Week 4 Assignment
Classroom Engagement Plan
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CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT PLAN

Description of Classroom:

I am currently teaching 7th Grade Math at Hughes Middle School in Mesquite, Nevada, a rural community
located within the Clark County School District. Although we utilize a block schedule, we are fortunate that
core subjects are double blocked; therefore, I see my students every day for 83 minutes. Because of this
and wanting to keep class sizes down, I do not have a prep period this year. I’m not sure if this will be the
case next year.

My class sizes are small – there are only 28 students in my largest class. I utilize group seating with four
students per group (there may be one or two groups with only three students) unless we are testing, then I
use traditional seating. We are fortunate to be a one-to-one device school, so this allows us to utilize many
web-based resources (such as Aleks and Google Classroom to name a few) during class time. As I’ve
mentioned in some of our discussions, my school demographic includes approximately 52% Hispanic
students with the next highest percentage of race being Caucasian. This is evident in the make-up of my
classes.

Engaging Families:
Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will create and dispurse a I will dispurse the “Parent Success will be measured by the
“Parent Survey” for parents to Survey” during the first week of number of completed surveys
complete and return to me. I will school. I will give a date that I’d returned to me and the valuable
use a paper form as well as an like the survey returned by and information gathered that I can
electronic form so parents can will continue to follow-up with use in building relationships with
use whichever form is best for those who have not returned the families.
them. form for the first few weeks.

This survey will include questions


about parents working
schedules, transportation issues,
best times and methods to
contact them, language spoken
in the home and cultural
practices/traditions, information
and concerns they would like me
to know about their child, any
suggestions.
Outreach to Families:
Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will utilize a class newsletter to The newsletter will be dispursed Success may be measured by
send home to parents to inform monthly. the following:
them of concepts we have been
learning as well as new concepts The “REMIND” app will be used homework being completed and
that are planned for the coming on a regular basis (probably a returned, improvement in
month. It will also include few times each week) as understanding of concepts
resources parents can use to needed. displayed through assessments,
assist their child with the increased involvement of parents
concepts including websites for in school visits and volunteering
videos, interactive games and in the classroom, etc.
practice worksheets. Any other
important information such as Success may also be measured
scheduled days off, testing or as parents reach out to me with
deadlines will be included as questions, concerns, or to notify
well. of successes.

I will also utilize the “REMIND” Success for the “REMIND” app
app that allows text notifications will be measured through
to be sent via cell phone to viewing who received the
remind students and parents of messages and responses sent
important announcements. back to me.

Cultural Responsive Practice to Family Engagement:


Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will reach out to families and I will do this at the beginning of Success will be measured by
invite them into the classroom to the year and again in our families either coming into the
share cultural traditions with the monthly newsletters. classroom or sending items for
class. the student to share about their
culture. Success will also be
measured as students come to
know more about and respect
the heritage and culture of
others.

Communication with Families:


Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will make at least two phone I will make the two Success will be measured by
calls/emails to parents each calls/communications each week contacts being made and the
week giving positive feedback throughout the school year. building of relationships with
about their child. This could be parents. Also, success may be
for a variety of things from doing The “REMIND” app will be used evident as parents, who may not
well on a test or assignment, on a regular basis (probably a have felt comfortable in
helping in the classroom, being contacting me with questions or
kind to others, improving in their few times each week) as concerns, now feel that they can
effort level or behavior, etc. needed. approach me.

I will also utilize the “REMIND” Success for the “REMIND” app
app that allows text notifications will be measured through
to be sent via cell phone to viewing who received the
remind students and parents of messages and responses sent
important announcements. back to me.

Supporting Learning through Family Collaboration:


Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will create and utilize a The parent/student/teacher Success will be measured by the
parent/student/teacher compact compact will be sent home compact being signed and
that outlines individual during the first week of school for returned and evidence of
responsibilities for each party parents to read through with their individual responsibilities being
and discusses how working child, sign, and return to me. fulfilled by the following:
together can improve student
achievement and success. A poster will be made to display homework being completed and
in the classroom listing the returned, improvement in
The compact will also include student and teacher understanding of concepts
strategies to help parents at responsibilities included in the displayed through assessments,
home and give suggestions of compact. This will serve as a increased involvement of
things parents can do to become daily reminder to students of the parents in school visits and
more involved in the classroom tasks expected of them and volunteering in the classroom,
and school. agreed to in the compact. etc.

Parent and student


responsibilities will also be
included in each monthly
newsletter as a reminder as well.

Empowering Parents:
Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will share with parents a variety Monthly by newsletter and As parents utilize the resources
of resources that they can utilize weekly by “REMIND” app. shared with them, they will feel
to aid them in assisting their child more capable of helping their
with homework and preparing for child. As they do so, student
quizzes and tests. These achievement will increase.
resources will be included in our
monthly newsletters and can be
sent through the “REMIND” app
as well.
Equal Partners in Decision-Making About Their Children:
Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will encourage parents to attend These meeting occur monthly. I Success will be shown by
our school’s Parent Advisory will include information regarding parents participating in these
Committee meetings where they dates and times for upcoming meeting or contacting
can meet with administrators to meetings in our monthly administrators or district
discuss and voice their opinions newsletter. representatives about their
on matters and topics relating to concerns.
our school.

I will also encourage them to


attend school board meetings
where they can give input on
issues at the district level.

Community Collaborations:
Specific actions you will take When Measures of Success
I will encourage students and Information about these As students and parents utilize
parents to utilize community resources would be listed in our the available community
resources to increase student monthly newsletter. I would also resources, improvement in
achievement and family mention them when academic achievement will be
engagement. One specific communicating with parents. I evident. Participating in extra-
resource is our local public could also send out this curricular can also help students
library. They offer a number of information as often as I feel improve skills of time-
helpful resources for families necessary through the management, teamwork,
including the “Math Buddies” “REMIND” app. prioritizing and improve self-
program. I would also esteem.
encourage students and parents
to take advantage of extra-
curricular activities offered
through our local recreation
center.

The components I have included in my classroom engagement plan were selected because I feel that
these are the strategies that will work best for me and my students. As I implement these strategies, I will
be able to gauge what does work and doesn’t work well for me, and I will be able to tweak and fine tune my
plan. I am excited to put this plan into action next year and hope that these strategies will encourage
parents to become more involved in their child’s education. My hope is that I can help parents come to
understand how important their involvement is and what a huge role they play in helping their child succeed
academically.