815 Olive Street, Suite 22
St. Louis, MO 63101
Web site: http://www.missouri-pirc.org
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST Monday - Friday
Ms. Phyllis Harris
Evaluator: Jeri Levesque, Lloyd Richardson
State PIRC Board:
The Missouri PIRC Board of Directors includes representatives from Missouri PIRC partners: LIFT-Missouri (Executive Director), Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. (Executive Director), Practical Parenting Partnerships (Executive Director), ParentLink (Executive Director), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Title I Director; Federal Programs Coordinator), Missouri PTA (President), Missouri Press Association (Director), teachers, parents, community members, elected officials.
Special Advisory Committees:
The Missouri PIRC Advisory Committee is comprised of:
- Parents attending Adult Education and Literacy classes
- Teens/young adults attending Adult Education and Literacy classes
- Literacy professionals and librarians
- K-12 and adult education teachers and administrators
Purposes and Goals
1. Improve parents’ ability to support their children’s academic achievement.
2. Expand and strengthen partnerships among parents, schools, and community organizations.
3. Implement a statewide comprehensive approach to improve student learning through parental involvement.
Parental engagement model
The Missouri PIRC will:
- Formalize a statewide infrastructure.
- Provide training utilizing educational technology.
- Provide a training network connecting parent educators, parents, and schools with key agencies recognized statewide (and nationally) for high quality professional development and training, with demonstrated results.
- Provide technical assistance from leaders at Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. (PATNC) to strengthen PAT programs.
- Help school administrators and teachers understand and take ownership of new Title I and state parental involvement policies.
- Establish a national model to strengthen Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs in high-poverty urban and rural areas.
Early Childhood Model
Parents as Teachers
In addition to PAT, the Missouri PIRC will provide training for Head Start, Even Start, and other early childhood programs in the state. The purpose of the PAT portion of the Missouri PIRC is to increase program reach and strengthen the quality of PAT services throughout Missouri. The Missouri PIRC will provide technical assistance, resources, and professional development offerings annually to 75 urban and rural PAT programs from across the state that serve high percentages of low-income and underserved families.
How the Work Plan Meets the Needs of Parents
During each year of this five-year PIRC project, more parents will receive information and training to help them better understand Missouri’s accountability system, their options and choices, and ways to improve their ability to help their children succeed in school. The range of services will be delivered by experienced professionals with strong track records of working directly with parents and their children in all parts of Missouri.
Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The Missouri PIRC project partners designed this project to leverage existing high-quality services in effective ways at both the statewide level and within local communities. The Missouri PIRC will reach parents in every county and school district in the state. This collaborative approach has resulted in a multi-tiered integrated network of training and technical assistance for professionals working with parents and high quality services directly to parents provided by viable organizations with proven track records.
The Missouri PIRC will:
- Provide a train-the-trainers model on parent involvement for 16 Missouri Reading First Reading Specialists through the state’s nine Regional Professional Development Centers.
- Strengthen PAT programs in high-poverty urban and rural school districts with high percentages of underserved families and expand the programs’ reach in terms of the number of families served.
- The quasi-experimental evaluation component will explore and document the relationship between enhanced parental involvement training, resources, and support, and the academic achievement of children participating in the largest reading initiative in the history of the nation.