“Tips for Success with PIQE and FIP; Effective Intervention” Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley USD

Winter 2006 | | January 21, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Located in Berkeley, Longfellow Middle School enrolls 440 students in grades 6-8.

Student ethnicities include 46 % African American, 24% Latino,12% White, 11% Multi-Racial, and 7% Asian; 64 % receive free and reduced price lunches. English

Language Learners are 25% and Special Education students are 19%.

In the 2004-2005 school year, parent participation increased at Longfellow in the

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) and Families Initiatives Project (FIP). The secret to their success is providing support in these areas:

  • Focusing on community building with more celebrations featuring student achievement and talent. Schedule fewer events with strictly “fun” activities such as dances; instead have the student come with the parent for Family Night
  • Improving the trust between parents and staff by having teachers attend PTA meetings and by reallocating Title I, District and other funds to pay for an Academic Counselor position
  • Building cultural bridges between staff, families, and students by staffing an office position with a bilingual speaker, increasing cultural celebrations, and creating the expectation of learning from each other.

left to right: Rebecca Cheung, Principal; Adrienne Allen, parent; Jessica Luxford, Language Arts teacher; Audrey Amos, Technology teacher; Dwayne Byndloss, Academic Counselor/Site Contact; Peter Gidland, Mathematics teacher

Regional Coordinator: Don Mar

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