On Friday, September 12, 2014, the new Title I Parent Advisory Team (TIPAT) held their first meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year in Moore Hall on the FSDB campus. Chair and Title I Assistant Coordinator Tracie Snow gave a warm welcome to parents who took the time from their busy schedules to be at the meeting. Attendance was higher than ever, with 75% of parents represented. Fingers crossed in the hopes that this positive trend continues throughout the school year!
Each Title I school at FSDB has a parent, a teacher, and an administrative representative on the team. Parent representatives for the current academic year are as follows:
- Blind Elementary School –Naomi Watson, Jennifer Pascarella, Kimberly McDaniels, and Meagan Lindberg
- Blind Middle School–Mitchell Wilcox, Debbie Martinez, and Saqib Amjad
- Deaf Elementary School–Lizette Tapia, Leanna Hunter, and Kenique Sneed
- Deaf Middle School–Kim Satterfield, Ivy Berry, and Matthew Hunt
This first meeting required attendance by teachers from each Title I school. Shout-outs go to FSDB teachers April Wallace (BES), Mike Zuaro (BMS), Carey Roberts (DES) and Cally Traetto (DMS) and Misty Porter on behalf of the FSDB Parent Services department. FSDB administrators Mary Lou Hofmann, Justin Cosgrove, Heidi Jordan, and Martin Price provided valuable academic consultation.
After a fun “Whip Around” icebreaker exercise and introductions, parents received vital information about Title I plans and notifications. Snow outlined how FSDB (as a local educational agency, as defined by the federal government) would use Title I funds to support professional development, curriculum, and student development purposes. Porter further explained how Title I monies would support parental capacity building.
Next, representatives for each school engaged in dialogue on their Parent Involvement Plan and Family-School Compact. Participants reconvened as a large group to learn from Snow about Parent “Right to Know” notifications, teacher and paraprofessional qualifications, and School Improvement Plan sections pertaining to federal grant activities.
During wrap up activities, all gathered agreed that upcoming TIPAT meetings for the current academic year should “piggyback” Parent Engagement Workshops:
- October 23, 2014–Christel Reaves training (all day)
- November 7, 2014–Love & Logic training (morning) and TIPAT meeting (afternoon)
- January 9, 2015–TIPAT meeting (morning)
- April 10, 2015–TIPAT meeting (morning)
Contributed by Christi Boortz, Curriculum & Staff Development Department
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.