Welcome to Sparkplugs, the annual publication of exemplary practices for family involvement. The programs described in Sparkplugs reflect only a few of the many innovative practices used across the state to involve parents and family members in meaningful school programs. Each program was nominated for the 2014 Parent Involvement Award by its school district.
These summaries were taken directly from the applications submitted by the school districts. They have been edited for brevity, but every attempt has been made to retain their original content.
The purpose of the Parent Involvement Award, sponsored by the Florida PTA, the Florida Department of Education and State Farm Insurance, is to promote and recognize exemplary school practices that increase family involvement. All entries must be school projects that focus on a specific school-initiated parent/family involvement program or strategy, including those taking place in the work¬place, faith-based institutions, and other convenient locations.
Based on National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships in education, the programs address the key strategies for increasing family involvement:
1. Welcoming all families into the school community
2. Communicating effectively
3. Supporting student success
4. Speaking up for every child
5. Sharing power
6. Collaborating with the community
For further information or assistance in implementing any of these unique family involvement programs, please write or call the program’s contact person.
The 2015 issue is located on the Florida Department of Education Website at: