May 2011Issue No. 2 

The PIRCspective

In This Issue
Ensuring School Readiness Webinar
Building Districtwide Capacity for Parent Engagement
Parent Liaisons: Sustaining Family Relationships
Building a New Generation of Readers
Arizona PIRC Website Resources

Latest Issue of Educational Leadership

Check out the May edition of Ed. Leadership. It is entirely devoted to parent engagement and may provide some great strategies as you begin planning for next year.
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2011 State PTA Convention

June 3 - 5

Arizona State PIRC will present The Amazing Standards Race on Saturday, June 4th at 10:30 am, which will cover the six National PTA Standards. If you are interested in obtaining more information and/or registering for the Convention, please visit

National PTA


Greetings from Arizona State PIRC,


During the summer, schools often take time to regroup, recharge and refocus their efforts.  PIRC is no different. Our efforts this summer will be spent transitioning into our next phase of service delivery.  

Last month we were notified that the U.S. Department of Education made the decision to eliminate funding for the Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) program. We will continue to provide free PIRC services through September 30th, and during this time we will be reviewing our budget to determine our capacity to provide services after the end of September.
Family engagement is critical to student academic achievement and school reform, and Arizona PIRC would like to continue to build on the success we have witnessed in your schools and districts. During our transition this summer we will be exploring our options in order to continue the momentum we have established during the past five years. Our commitment to provide high quality services and materials to strengthen your family-school-community partnerships remains our top priority. After September 30th, our plan is to offer consultative services, including the Family Friendly Walk Through and professional development, through a fee-based structure that your Title I and school improvement budgets will support.
I look forward to speaking with each one of you personally in order to determine how we can best accommodate your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me so that we can move forward together in order to achieve your parent engagement goals!


Your in Partnership,
Your Arizona State PIRC Team
Contact Us:


Arizona State PIRC
1851 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Gilbert, AZ. 85297
Phone: 480-224-2060
Fax 480-224-9198


               Ensuring School Readiness Through                 Successful Transitions

Parent Engagement Webinar 6 


Ensuring School Readiness is the sixth installment of the Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement webinar series. This latest webinar will explore how and why smooth transitions among early learning environments are critical for school readiness and are the first step toward preparing students for success in college and career. It will also highlight innovative practices, explore the range of support and services offered to young children and their families, and emphasize how families can remain involved in their child's education.


We encourage you to view to this informative webinar, as well as the previous five listed below:

  • Webinar 1: Transforming Schools Through Family, School and Community Engagementwebinar 
  • Webinar 2: A New Day: Family, School and Community Engagement in Education Reform
  • Webinar 3: Data Driven: Making Student and School Data Accessible    and Meaningful to Families
  • Webinar 4: The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement
  • Webinar 5: Building Strategic Partnerships to Foster Community Engagement in Education 

To access the archived webinars, please click on

SEDL Webinar Series 




Building Districtwide Capacity for Parent Engagement

Key Components of a Successful Reform Strategy 


Is parent engagement a priority in your district's goals, policies and procedures? In order to lay a foundation for successful reform, your strategy must be systemic, integrated and sustained where parent engagement is:

  • purposefully designed as a core component of educational goals where all initiatives are linked to student learning and school improvement.
  • embedded into structures and processes designed to meet educational goals, which includes training and professional development, community collaboration, and the use of data for continuous improvement and accountability.

Key recommendations to promote district level efforts include the following:  

  1. Create a shared vision of family engagement
  2. Make purposeful connections to student learning
  3. Invest in high quality programming and staff
  4. Develop robust communication systems
  5. Evaluate for accountability and continuous learning

For more information click on Seeing is Believing, and read examples of school districts throughout the country who have developed successful systemic, integrated and sustained strategies for parent engagement.       




Sustaining Family Relationships



The most successful relationships are ones that you continually nurture, so it is important to stay connected with families throughout the summer.  Summer is a great time to plan informal, fun educational activities that involve your entire community.  Below are a few ideas to get you thinking about sustaining your successful family relationships during the summer months.   


 *  Organize a school day at the local park and encourage families to bring a dish/meal to share 

 *  Organize a summer book club and a day at the local library 

 *  Host outdoor family movie nights at your school

 *  Host a family fun day at your local community pool


For more information, please visit these links:                                  



Building a New Generation of Readers  

Statewide Workshops Available


Arizona State PIRC, in partnership with the Arizona State Library, offers Building a New Generation of Readers program. This statewide early literacy initiative provides libraries throughout the state with tools and materials to teach parents and childcare providers strategies for preparing children to come to school ready to learn.

 Arizona State Library

Trainers are available statewide to present workshops for parents and caregivers of children from birth through age 5 on how to develop early literacy skills, and all expenses of the workshops are covered through the PIRC grant. Attendees will receive free books for their children.


For more information, contact Holly Henley at the Arizona State Library, 

or 602-926-3604



Arizona State PIRC Website Resources


To assist with your summer planning as well as help prepare for the coming school year, please visit the PIRC website for ideas and assistance. We offer a wide variety of free family, liaison and educational resources. The following is a 

     brief sampling of information and materials to assist you with your 

         school-family-community partnership efforts: 


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