Remind is used in nearly 90 percent of Title I schools in the United States, including Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York. As the parent coordinator at P-TECH, Curtis Smith started using Remind as a way to reach out to families—and ended up bringing Title I funding back to the school.
This short guide outlines how the Remind plan can help you meet four key program requirements for Title I funding. We’ve kept it short and sweet, but you’ll find links to the relevant policies, specific ideas for supporting each one with Remind, and a few other tips for making the most of your plan.
As for how Curtis used Remind to help P-TECH qualify for Title I funding again? We’ll get to that, too.
1. Lower barriers to participation
[.c-grey-box]Title I, Part A, Sec. 111 (d)(2): Lower barriers to greater participation by parents in school planning, review, and improvement experienced.[.c-grey-box]
It’s always been easy for parents to opt in to classes on Remind—but the Remind plan makes it even easier by letting you automatically create accounts for parents in your organization. There are a few different rostering options, based on your organization’s size and needs, but they all make it easier for parents to get set up and start receiving school updates.
Parents can choose to receive Remind notifications via the channel they use most—text message, app notifications, or email. Along with being more convenient for many, text notifications provide parents with a low-lift way to communicate without a smartphone or regular internet access at home.
2. Reach English language learners
[.c-grey-box]Title I, Part A, Sec. 112 (g)(4): Implement an effective means of outreach to parents of limited English proficient students to inform the parents regarding how the parents can be involved.[.c-grey-box]
Every message on Remind can be translated into over 85 languages before it's sent. If you don’t see a language that’s used widely in your community, contact our team and we’ll see what we can do to include it.
The Remind app is also currently available in six languages: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), and English. If a parent’s phone is set to one of these languages, the language of their app will be automatically updated.
3. Support and evaluate parental involvement policies
[.c-grey-box]Title I, Part A, Sec. 118 (a)(2)(e): Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools.[.c-grey-box]
Each message you send on Remind includes a delivery summary that helps you track if parents are engaging with your content (and make adjustments as needed).
Your Remind plan also includes dashboards that give you a bird’s-eye view of parent involvement across your school. For evaluating parent involvement, we recommend starting with your community engagement statistics: These include a breakdown of message volume and parent activity over time that you can use to benchmark and assess engagement.
(Don’t have a Remind plan but curious about engagement at your school? Find your school’s Remind engagement rating, which gives you a peek at these statistics over the past six months.)
4. Foster parental involvement
[.c-grey-box]Title I, Part A, Sec. 118 (e)(3): Provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.[.c-grey-box]
Your Remind plan includes organization-wide messaging, so you can send schoolwide updates about resources like parent education classes and training opportunities.
You can also send flyers, handouts, and other materials directly to parents’ phones. If your school relies on an LMS like Schoology or Canvas for sharing resources, LMS integration can be added on to your Remind plan as a premium feature.
- Attach photos and other files to a message
- Share resources directly from the tools your school uses
- Integrate Remind with your LMS
About getting that funding...
After P-TECH didn’t collect enough lunch forms one year to qualify for the Title I funding needed to run its summer programs, Curtis decided to use Remind to get the word out.
“Every message I sent home was just ‘Lunch forms, lunch forms, lunch forms!’” he said. “Parents got tired of me, but I had to get that instilled. And the great thing is that I could send them the link to the lunch form, so if they filled it out on the computer I didn’t have to do any paperwork at all.”
It worked. With the funding the school got back that year, P-TECH was able to staff its summer programs—and upgrade to a Remind plan for the entire community.
If you have a Remind plan, don’t hesitate to contact our Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org for priority support. We’re here to help!
And if you’re interested in learning more about using the Remind plan for your Title I school, you can find more information or contact our sales team here.