1. What is a Schoolwide Title I Program?
Schools with at least 40% low income families can develop a Schoolwide Title I Plan. This plan offers special programs and services to address the needs of struggling students. Frequent progress monitoring and assessment data is used to make instructional decisions. High quality instruction and interventions that use proven and appropriate methods and materials are implemented. The plan is revised and evaluated each year with input from building parents, teachers and administrators. Highlands Early Childhood Center & Highlands Elementary School are Schoolwide Title I buildings.
2. What is a Targeted Assisted Title I Program?
Assessment data is used to identify struggling readers in need of extra instruction in addition to and aligned with the core reading program.
3. How are students selected?
At the beginning of each school year, a needs assessment determines which students would benefit most from Title I services. It includes assessment data along with teacher and parent recommendation. Grade level expectations and performance data are analyzed to determine the type of intervention that is necessary for the student to master grade level skills.
4. When and where does instruction take place?
Title I students receive in-class assistance or intensive small group instruction from a highly qualified reading specialist and/or highly qualified paraprofessional during the regular school day. Struggling readers are given more time for intensive instruction in order to close the achievement gap.
5. What are reading interventions?
Reading interventions are proven and appropriate programs and methods designed to address the needs of struggling readers. The goal of an intervention is to stop reading failure so that grade level skills can be mastered. This is accomplished by direct and explicit instruction in addition to the regular classroom reading program.
6. What is Title I Night?
Title I Night is an informative and entertaining evening program held each year for Title I families. Invitations are sent to every Title I family in the district and transportation is provided. There is entertainment, prizes and refreshments for the children while parents attend an informative meeting to:
Learn more about Title I programs and policies.
Learn about rights and responsibilities as a Title I parent.
Learn about parenting programs and literacy workshops.
Meet Title I staff.
Become involved in the education of their children.
7. What is the Title I PAC?
Parent involvement is important for student achievement and the success of Title I programs. All parents are invited to attend the Title I Parent Advisory Council meetings. Reminders are listed on the district calendar and in the Title I newsletters. Dates and times rotate to accommodate all parents. At the PAC meeting, parents are given the opportunity to:
Determine Title I program goals
Plan, implement and evaluate Title I programs
Revise the Parent Involvement Policy and Compact
Attend Parent Involvement conferences and build capacity
8. What is a Parent Involvement Policy?
The district has a Parent Involvement Policy as well as each school in the Highlands School District. The district policy sets the expectation and establishes the framework for parent involvement at each building. A school level policy explains how each school will involve Title I parents in their childs education. The policy is available at each building, distributed to parents, the community and can be found on the district website. The Parent Involvement Policy was developed with input from Title I parents. It is reviewed and updated annually.
9. What is a Parent-School Compact?
The parent-school compact states the goals and responsibilities of both the parent and school that are necessary in order to provide a quality education for all students. Each school in the district has a parent-school compact that is distributed to parents and the community. The Parent-School Compact was developed with input from Title I parents. It is reviewed and updated annually.