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Family Engagement

Contact Information


(505) 253-0330 ext.67017

Physical Address:
912 Oak Street SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Building M - Title I

What is Family Engagement?

Three decades of research provide convincing evidence that parents are an important influence in helping their children achieve high academic standards.  When schools collaborate with parents to help their children learn and when parents participate in school activities and decision-making about their children's education, children achieve at higher levels.  In short, when parents are involved in education, children do better in school and schools improve.1

1 Lewis, Anne C.; Henderson, Anne T., Urgent Message: Families Crucial to School Reform, 1998

Family Engagement

What We Do

We provide support for Title I Public, Charter and Private Schools in Family Engagement in the following ways:

  • Provide technical assistance with planning of your School Family Engagement Policy and School Compact
  • Provide information and answers to questions regarding Title I budget
  • Guidance on how to best spend Title I Family Engagement dollars
  • Facilitate Professional Development around building capacity and engaging families
  • Provide survey opportunities to use family input to inform family engagement programs
  • Offer yearly Family Engagement Institutes to bring family engagement professionals from around the state together to share and learn from experts in the field
  • Offer phone, email and direct site Family Engagement support throughout the year
  • Obtain family input through quarterly Family Advisory Meetings including the District Title I Support Agreement and Procedural Directive

VOLUNTEER NOW

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Now it’s easier than ever to become a volunteer with the Albuquerque Public Schools thanks to a new online application process.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Below are common questions parents/staff have asked about the Title I Family Engagement.

    1. Can we spend Title I money on cakes for the end of the year celebrations?
      No, Title I dollars are to support parents in working with their children in academic areas in reading, math and science.
    2. Can we use Title I dollars to pay for background checks for parents wanting to volunteer in the classroom?
      Yes, funds can come from a school’s Title I Family Engagement "Other Charges" account or other Title I accounts.  First check the APS website under "background and fingerprinting" for the latest information on the process.  This will be a school-by-school decision with the principal and parent group, based on the goals and amount of funds available.
    3. How often do we need to revise our School Family Engagement Policy and Compact?
      The Policy and Compact must be revised with families annually.  Participation must be documented.
    4. Do we need to change our School Family Engagement Policy every year?
      No, If the parent action team or other interested parents have had a chance to review the policy and elect not to make changes, it will only need to be updated (contact information, volunteer coordinator, revision date, school year).  Schools are required to provide documentation related to the revision meetings: agenda, sign-in sheets, and minutes of all meetings, flyers or newsletters advertising the meetings held to revise School Family Engagement Polices and Compacts . 
    5.  Why do we need a Title I Annual Meeting every year?
      It is a requirement to inform families of the opportunities for involvement, decision-making and volunteer opportunities at their school.  It is a time to share your school grade results, explain what your school is doing to make progress and share your successes.    Parents need to know that they have a voice in how Title I dollars are spent in their school in both the regular Title I budget and Title I family engagement funds.