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Nevada State PIRC
Reno, NV
1150 Matley Lane
Suite 201
Reno, NV 89502

Web site: http://www.nevadapirc.org
Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  Director:
Shawn Vogel

Phone: 775-353-5533
Fax: 775-353-5536

Evaluator: Elizabeth Christiansen, Ph.D.
Evaluator affiliation: Center for Program Evaluation, University of Nevada, Reno

Logo for Nevada State PIRC

The Nevada State PIRC includes an all-encompassing plan for the entire State of Nevada, which has two of the nation’s top 100 largest school districts totaling of 385,401 students at 558 schools. Program goals include:

  1. To provide all families, regardless of socio-economic level, minority status, home language or culture, the resources, services and support they need to become active participants in their children’s education and support learning in the home.
  2. To systemically strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel.
  3. Support parents in furthering the development process of Pre-Kindergarten students in preparedness for elementary school.
  4. To coordinate federal, state, and local parent involvement services and programs.
Parent Engagement Model
The Nevada State PIRC will use a variety of venues to engage parents, including direct service to parents through workshops, train the trainer workshops for schools and parents, a Statewide Parent Involvement Summit and outreach at targeted events such as the Nevada State PTA Conference.

Early Childhood Model
Programming will include the following Pre-K programs:
  • Apple Seeds – a home-based, bilingual parent education program. Family advocates meet with a participating family weekly or bi-weekly in their home to address specific parenting needs over a period of three to eleven sessions.
  • Virtual Pre-K – a statewide effort to disseminate information regarding developmentally appropriate activities, based on Nevada Pre-K standards that parents can do at home with their children. Bilingual “recipe” cards, videos and DVD’s will be provided in a kit that families can check-out from their local library, daycare facility or community center.
  • Classroom on Wheels Adult Learning Facility (CALF) Van – a mobile classroom that provides families trainings and resources on child development, behavior management, appropriate expectations, and family literacy.

Major Activities

  • Math and Parent Partnerships (MAPPS) – Elementary, Middle – workshops and mini-courses for families focused on different topics in math, based on standards.
  • Family Literacy Experience (FLITE) – Elementary, Middle – workshops for families on different topics in reading and writing, based on standards.
  • Parent School Partnership from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) – Elementary, Middle, High School - A sixteen-week bilingual curriculum for immigrant, low socio-economic families that includes:
  • School Site Structure and Function
  • District Structure and Function
  • School Accountability
  • “Road to the University”
  • Parent Rights & Responsibilities
  • Politics of Education
  • How to Run Meetings
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Nevada Parent Partners for Improved Achievement - modeled after the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership – Elementary, Middle, High School – teaching parents how to work with data and become part of the school decision-making team, school improvement process, and increase parent focus on achievement for all students.
  • NCLB Outreach and workshops – information for parents on their options under No Child Left Behind, particularly Adequate Yearly Progress, School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services.
  • Parent Involvement Trainings for School Staff – partners with University of Nevada, Reno, College of Education – Curriculum, Teaching and Learning– trainings on parent involvement for pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, and front-office personnel
  • Statewide Parent Involvement Summit, Statewide Parent Involvement Council
  • PIRC website with resources and dissemination of information statewide through an email list of parents, educators, and community members.
  • Pre-K Initiatives – partners with WCSD Early Childhood and Family Resource Centers: Virtual Pre-K, Apple Seeds Home Visiting, CALF
How the Work Plan meets the needs of Parents
Overall outcomes will be parents’ increased understanding of how to support their children’s learning at home in pre-k studies, math and language arts and heightened awareness of parent options included in the NCLB law. Outcomes also include pre-service/in-service training for teachers and administrators on effective parent involvement strategies, increasing home and school partnerships.

Alignment of Work to Statewide PIRC Efforts
The Nevada State PIRC will pilot programs in Washoe County School District (WCSD) and then implement a “train the trainer” model to serve Clark County and Nevada rural school districts. The Nevada State PIRC will work in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education, all Nevada school districts, the Family Resource Centers, WCSD Early Childhood Education and Title I Departments, and other Nevada parent organizations.

Unique Characteristics
The Nevada State PIRC focuses its efforts on building the capacity of both educators and parents in forming more effective school partnerships, systemically infusing parent involvement throughout the educational system. The programs offered provide practical strategies for parents to use at home with their children and for educators to use in a school setting when developing relationships with parents.

Free Webinar Series
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners invite you to view the archive for the webinar, Bringing it All Together: Family and Community Engagement Policies in Action, which took place on November 16, 2011.

This is the ninth and final webinar in the series, Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement.
United States Department of Education Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, contract number ED-04-CO-0039/0001. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.
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