Our school is a school-wide Title I school, which means we receive federal funds due to the percentage of students that receive subsidized meals (free/reduced lunch). Title I funds are used at the school level to best meet the needs of ALL students and is divided up into several large categories, including staff development, to help improve instruction of teachers, parenting to help meet the needs of our communities through collaboration and support, and necessary supplies to be successful.
In order to make sure that the needs of our children are met, we feel it is very important that our teachers, parents, and community members participate in the children’s learning process. Our school offers many events that involve parents so you can become active in your child’s education and assist them at home. All parents and community members are encouraged to participate, attend parent meetings, or even just share your opinions and concerns. We want ALL parents to have a voice.
Please view our Title I Parent Plan along with other communication letters and newsletters that will get you better acquainted and involved with our school.
What Is Title I?
A Parent's Guide
What is Title I?
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.
What will Title I do for my child?
The Title I program will provide your student with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom.
How does our school receive Title I money?
First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each State Educational Agency sends money to its school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by our free/reduced lunch percentages. Finally, Title I schools:
· Identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.
· Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
· Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
· Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.
What do Title I programs offer?
Title I programs generally offer:
· Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
· A variety of supplementary teaching methods
· An individualized program for students
· Additional teaching materials which supplement a student’s regular instruction
· Special instructional materials and equipment (Smart Boards, I Pads, etc.)
· Instructional aides
· Opportunities for professional development for school staff
How can I get involved?
Parents, you can influence the success of your student in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parent involvement plan at your school, you will:
· Serve as a role model, showing your student that you support his/her education.
· Assure that you are aware of your student’s educational progress; thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
· Teach your student that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support its efforts.
What does research tell us?
Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
· Joining local and national school/parent organizations
· Supporting school extra-curricular activities
· Volunteering at the school
· Attending parent-teacher conferences
· Communicating with your student’s teacher regularly, by writing notes, attending meetings, telephoning the school, etc.
· Keeping your student’s teacher informed about events in his or her life which may affect his/her performance at school
Discussing with your student’s teacher and parent organizations other ideas for parent involvement