What is Title I?
As a parent, you are part of the Title I Team
YOU INFLUENCE YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION more than any teacher or school. Your involvement can boost your child’s achievement! By taking an active role in Title I, you’ll show your child:
- how important he or she is to you.
- how important education is to you.
- that you and the school are a team.
YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD BEST– so it’s up to you to:
- share information about your child’s interests and abilities with teachers.
- judge whether Title I is meeting your child’s needs.
- speak up if you notice any problems. (But don’t criticize the school, its teachers or principal in front of your child.)
SHARE A LOVE OF LEARNING!
SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
- read newspapers, magazines or books.
- write letters, grocery lists, or a diary.
- use math to prepare budgets, compare prices, etc.
MAKE LEARNING FUN – help your child build language, reading, and math skills during:
- games – provide crossword puzzles, dot-to-dot drawings, word games, etc.
- outings – help your child read signs while shopping.
- trips – ask your child to read and tell you about where you are going.
- count license plates from different states and read road signs.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RESOURCES for example:
- visit your public library together, pick out books to read just for fun.
- ask if you can borrow materials from your child’s school.
YOUR TITLE I PROGRAM NEEDS YOU TO HELP:
- determine program goals
- plan and carry out programs
- evaluate programs
- work with your child at home – and even in school, as teacher’s assistant or volunteer.
THE ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING DURING OPEN HOUSE IS THE PLACE TO START – and you’re invited!
It’s the perfect time to:
- learn more about Title I.
- learn about your rights and responsibilities as a Title I parent.
- meet other parents and teacher.
- begin a process of communication and cooperation between parents and schools.
Title I Overview
Title I funding began as a part of the Great Society Program of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The intent of the law was (and still is) to provide services to students who have academic needs that are not addressed in any other funding – those who are not handicapped but who are not working up to their grade placement. The goal of Title I is a High-Quality Education for EVERY child. So the program provides extra help to students who need it most. These are children who are the furthest from meeting the standards the state has set for all children. Title I resources are directed to schools with high poverty levels. The program serves millions of children, in elementary schools each year. Most school districts participate. Title I also serves children who attend parochial and private schools.
How Title I Works . . . .
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT provides funding to states each year for Title I. To get funds, each state must submit a plan describing:
- what all children are expected to know
- the high-quality standards of performance that all children are expected to meet
- ways to measure progress
STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES, send the money to school districts based on the number of low-income families in their district.
THE LOCAL SYSTEM, identifies eligible schools - those with the highest percentage of children from low-income families – and provides Title I resources to students in need, regardless of their income.
THE TITLE I SCHOOL, (this includes parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff) work to:
- identify students most in need of educational help (students do not have to be from low-income families to receive help)
- set goals for improvement
- develop programs that add to regular classroom instruction
- involve parents in all aspects of the program
At Black Mountain Primary School, Title I provides the following staff as well as supplies, materials, and staff developments:
Title I Reading Specialists- Rachel Austin, Deborah Kubiak
Title I Assistants – Kate Walton and Josephine Haynes
TITLE I PROGRAMS OFFER:
- targeted small group literacy instruction; LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention - select students grades K-3)
- additional teachers and assistants
- additional training for school staff
- extra time for instruction
- a variety of teaching methods and materials
Title I teachers and other staff work closely together.
Administrators, teachers and parents REVIEW THE SCHOOL’S TITLE I PROGRAM each year. If goals have not been met, they revise the plans.
What can I do?
READ TO YOUR CHILD – talk about the story as you read.
ASK YOUR CHILD TO READ TO YOU—let him or her read the passage silently first.
LIMIT TV TIME to 1-2 hours a day, and;
- have your child choose programs by reading the program guide – not by switching channels.
- watch with your child and discuss programs afterward