|Title I Department|
NEW LOCATION OFFICE HOURS: TITLE I RESOURCE ROOM:
District 50 Office of Title I 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
7300 Lowell Blvd. N18 (720) 542-5390
Westminster, CO 80030
Title I, Part A, provides resources to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a quality education, resulting in their attainment of high academic standards. Title I targets resources to districts and schools whose needs are the greatest. The Title I program is the largest federal program supporting both elementary and secondary education, and allocates its resources based upon the poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts. Essentially, Title I focuses on: 1) promoting schoolwide reform in high poverty schools, 2) ensuring students’ access to scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content, and 3) engaging parents in the learning process with their children.
The goal of Title I is to help every child get a high quality education through programs and instructional supports they need to be successful in school. Title I resources are directed toward students who need them most.
· children to improve their skills and do better in school.
· teachers to support the learning needs and educational concerns of students and parents.
· Parents to understand their child and get more involved in the child’s education.
How does Title I work?
The process involves federal, state and local government are working together to fund district literacy and math instruction and resources.
The Title I School works to:
· Identify students most in need of educational help (students do not have to meet income standards to qualify)
· Set goals for improvement
· Measure student progress using standards set forth in the state’s Title I plan
· Develop programs that add to regular classroom instruction
· Involve parents in all aspects of the program.
A “parental involvement policy” at each Title I school helps parents to understand and take part in the school’s efforts.
Ways That District 50 Uses Title I Funds
The Title I department and schools federal funding to provide:
Although the amount of Title I funds a school and district may receive is based on poverty rates, the students that benefit from the program(s) are not necessarily just students of poverty. Rather, Title I programs address the needs of a school’s lowest performing students and turning around low-performing students, and those students assessed to be at risk for not meeting state academic standards.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) brings greater accountability to Title I states, districts, and schools for improving academic achievement of all students and low-performing schools. These and other changes to the Title I program will require all stakeholders in school communities to work together to help close achievement gaps and ensure that all students in Colorado can meet the state’s high academic standards by 2013-2014.
Title I serves children through one of two types of programs:
1. Schoolwide Title I programs serve all students in a school. They can be developed at schools in which 50 percent of the children meet certain income guidelines.
2. Targeted assistance programs help to ensure that eligible children receive instructional assistance to meet performance standards. Strategies may include extra instructional time in reading or math, or may include extended-day or extended-year programs.
Other Continuing Aspects of Title I include:
· Convening and use of committees of practitioners implement, monitor and adjust instructional effectiveness
· Title I programs that either meet the requirements of a schoolwide program or targeted assistance program
· State assistance to schools and districts to work toward instructional improvements to increase student achievement
The schools that currently receive Title I services are listed below:
No Child Left Behind School Improvement Requirements
According to NCLB statute, if a school fails to make Average Yearly Progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years and is identified for school improvement for two or more years, the school must offer both Public School Choice (Choice) and Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to eligible students.
Serving Eligible Students
According to NCLB statute, if a title I school fails to make Average Yearly Progress (AYP) two or more consecutive years and is identified for needed school improvement status (School Improvement or Priority Improvement), all students within those schools must be offered the choice to transfer to a designated higher performing District 50 School that is not on any level of needed improvement. In addition, with Title I Choice, District 50 must provide transportation for the student to the new school. Notice for Public School Choice is mailed to parents and is subject to respecting privacy laws.
Public School Choice (Option closed as of August 31, 2012)
· Fairview Elementary
· Frances M. Day Elementary
· Tennyson Knolls Elementary
· Westminster Elementary
· Scott Carpenter Middle School
Elementary "Choice" students may choose to attend either:
Mesa Elementary at 9100 Lowell Blvd. Westminster, CO 80031
Metz Elementary at 2341 Sherrelwood Drive Denver, CO 80221
Scott Carpenter "Choice" students may only choose to attend:
Shaw Heights Middle School at 8780 Circle Drive Westminster, CO 80031
Title I Supplemental Services
Per NCLB statute, if a school fails to make AYP for three or more consecutive years and is identified for school improvement year two or greater status, the school must offer both Choice and Supplemental Education Services (SES) to eligible students.
Students eligible to receive SES tutoring are students who attend Title I schools identified needing “priority improvement”, qualifying for academic intervention due to low performance on state and district assessments, not free or reduced lunch status. These students, selected by the school's interventionist team, are identified as requiring supplemental instructional time by state-approved providers. Letters of eligibility and a registration form from the Office of Title I will be mailed to homes of specifically selected students to receive this cost-free tutoring opportunity. Services will be provided after school hours or as arranged with the provider at school, a community location, in-home, or online, depending on the provider’s program.
A school selection committee process involving parents and staff will choose a minimum of three service providers to do tutoring. Please contact your school to be informed as to which providers will serving the school, program information, and schedule. Eligible students will receive applications by mail.
Early registration for SES tutoring Session #1 is September 24th through October 10th. Tutoring Session #1 begins Monday, October 15, 2012.
**Parents must provide transportation from school to home, or if the students is going to an off-school site and return home. Students should be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of each tutoring session. If travel arrangements change for students attending school-site tutoring sessions, please inform the tutor/provider of the change.
Title I Parent Information
Parents are an important part of the Title I team.
You can make a difference in your child’s educational success. You know your child best. Express to your child that his or her education is important to you. You can:
§ Volunteer by taking an active role with the school.
§ Share information about your child’s interests and abilities with teachers.
§ Help deide if Title I is meeting your child’s needs and offer suggestions or home supports for improvement.
Be active in your school’s Title I program. Begin by attending the annual Title I meeting in September and parent-teacher-student monthly meetings (PTSA/PTO). It’s wonderful way to:
§ Learn more about Title I and your rights and responsibilities.
§ Meet and work with other parents and teachers
§ Begin to plan, carry out or support school programs.
Contact your child’s school to find out when the meeting will be held.
Share the love of learning to help your child get the most out of school to be successful.
Set a good example, and show how your child’s schoolwork relates to daily life by:
§ Reading books and newspapers regularly
§ Writing letters, keeping a diary, etc.
§ Use literacy and math skills at home for family activities
§ Explaining how you use math to do activities.
Talk about homework with your child. Set up a regular time, comfortable space to work and school supplies to be able to study at home.
§ Monitor your child’s homework schedule.
§ Work with your child on harder assignments, but don’t do the work for him or her.
§ Check to see that the homework is ready and packed to be returned to school.
Spend quality time with your child. You can:
§ Visit your local library together. Irving Library is a great place for family time, located at 7392 Irving Street, Westminster CO 80030.
§ Read to your child, and talk to him or her about what you’re reading.
§ Ask your child to read to you.
§ Limit TV time, and watch and discuss programs with your child.
Years of research show that when parents are involved, students have:
Higher grades, test scores and graduation rates
Improved regular attendance
Increased motivation to learn, better self-esteem
Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
Fewer instances of misconduct and violent behavior
Be a part of Title I’s success. There are many ways to be involved. You can:
§ Attend school events such as open houses, family literacy and math nights, awards ceremonies, music recitals, school assemblies, Title I meetings, and special events.
§ Make an appointment to visit the classroom as an observer, volunteer assistant.
§ Join parents’ organizations – PTA, Title I School Improvement planning team.
§ Ask the school about training programs that the district and the school must provide to help parents participate in Title I – parent and family workshops, parent leadership training, and reading and math help sessions.
Be aware of your child’s performance.
§ Attend parent-teacher conferences.
§ Request additional meetings, if needed.
§ Request a current progress report anytime during the year, or check the online progress reporting tool, E-ducate, to see your child’s learning targets completion (sign up at school).
§ Keep teachers informed about events and issues that may affect your child’s work or behavior.
Parent Involvement Resources
Ø What Research Says about Parent Involvement
Ø Ideas to Help Struggling Learners
When Report Cards Don’t Make the Grade: Advice for Parents
Doing Math with Your Child
Especially for Parents
Ø What is Expected of District 50 Students?
State Content Standards
Standards-based Level Expectations
Colorado State Assessment Information
Ø How Well is My District/School Doing?
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Reports
Districts and Schools Identified for Program Improvement
Ø Information on Title I
“What is Title I?”
Title I, Part A Regulations and Guidance
Ø Information Schools are Required to Disseminate to Parents
Dissemination Requirements for Schools and Districts Receiving Federal Funding
Ø Information on No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide www.2.gov/parents/academic/involve/nclbguide/parentsguide.html
Ø Homework Help
A Resource for Helping Children with Homework
How to Succeed I School Study Habits and Homework
Reading Homework Tips for Parents
Math Homework Tips for Parents
Ø Ideas on How to Become Involved
Parental Involvement Online Report Card
The National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents
Ø Information for Students with Special Needs
Please contact your school Interventionist Team coordinator
District 50 Special Services - Julie Thompson (303) 487-2861
Special Education Law
Ø Resources to Help Students with ADD/ADHD
Parent Involvement Policy
Adams County School District 50 Board of Education, Staff and Parents recognize that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family. In support of the school district goal to educate all students in a standards based educational system effectively, the schools and parents must work as knowledgeable partners. Research supports the fact that active parent involvement improves student academic and social achievement.
Although parents are diverse in culture, language, and needs, they must share the school’s commitment to the educational success of their children. Adams County School District50 and the schools, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a partnership to establish programs and practices that reflect the specific needs of students and their families.
In keeping with these beliefs, Adams County School District 50 supports and encourages collaborative participation and decision-making for student learning by:
- Involving parents in determining the vision for theschool and monitoring progress toward this vision.
- Sharing and exchanging information on instructional goals, Learning Targets and teaching strategies that can be used at home to provide continuity between home and school.
- Fostering communication between the parent and school, using Educate and the wiki, regarding student progress toward attaining Learning Targets and addressing the personal/social skills needed to be a 21st Century citizen.
- Providing timely information to parents andstudents and increase transparency regarding academic attainment and achievement.
- Valuing and promoting family and staff partnerships in which all participants plan, design and implement (when appropriate) various educational policies and programs (e.g. literacy, ELA,preschool and math).
- Conducting an annual evaluation to measure the effectiveness of family partnerships, school communications, parent involvement activities and parent policy.
- Guiding parents/guardians to make informed decisions about the enrollment options.
Pursuant to federal law, the district and the parents of students participating in Title I district programs have jointly developed the following parent involvement policy. The policy shall be implemented by the superintendent or designee according to thetimeline set forth in the policy and incorporated into the district’s Title Iplan.
Involvement with Title I Planning
The district shall hold an annual meeting for representativeparents of students in Title I programs, as well as school Title I staff, principals of schools receiving Title I funds and other interested persons. The meeting will include a discussion regarding Title I program planning, review implementation of theTitle I plan, discussion regarding how Title I funds are allocated for parent involvement activities and suggestions for improvement.
District Support for Parent Involvement
The district shall provide coordination, technical assistance and the other support necessary to assist participating schools in building the capacity for strong parent involvement to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
This coordination, assistance and support shall include:
Adams County School District 50 support for parent involvement may also include, but not be limited to:
- Providing effective communication in language accessible to the parent community.
- Assisting in understanding State AcademicStandards, Measurement Topics, Student Academic Growth, Federal and State Assessment Program, and the Building Schoolwide Title I Plan.
- Training and resources to support effectiveparental involvement.
- Including a consistent process for gathering parent feedback for the purposeof evaluating the parent involvement activities and policies.
- Offering routine open forum among the schools and parents to share information and strategies addressing high mobility factors and its impact upon student literacy achievement.
- Offering computer/internet access (Vestibuleterminals, and before and after school library access).
- Providing social/behavioral support and involvement.
The district, with the assistance of parents shall develop andimplement a district professional development plan to enhance the skill of teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in:
- The value and utility of contributions of parents
- How to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners
- Implementing and coordinating parent programs
- Building ties between parents and the school
Coordination of Parent Involvement Activities with Other District Programs
The district shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with adultfamily literacy information distributed in coordination with District Advisoryand Accountability Committee (DAAC), Building Advisory and AccountabilityCommittee (BAAC), Front Range Community College, Parent Academy courses, schoolliteracy programs, Early Childhood Center, Special Education Advisory Council, PBS teams, Community Action and Awareness Committee (CAAT), Adams County Social Services and Health Departments, McKinney-Vento Homeless Project, La Casa de Paz, Familia Migrant Project and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their students.
All notices and written communications involved in the programs above will be coordinated to ensure timely and complete distribution to all parents, including parents of Title I students. A variety of measures, that includes, but is not limited to, community newspaper, district-wide in-school newsletters, community education brochures and Adams County School District 50 television channel.
The district shall coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement strategies with those of the other educational programs in the district. The purpose of this coordination shall be to improve the academic quality of the schools served, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents inactivities authorized by law, particularly by parents who:
- Are economically disadvantaged
- Have disabilities
- Have limited English proficiency
- Have limited literacy
- Are of any racial or ethnic minoritybackground
- Are parents of migratory children
- Are considered homeless
Support will be given to parents who have barriers to understanding their students’ learning needs. Thesupport will be given by classroom teachers, Title I teachers, special educators, homeless coordinator, migrant coordinator, and English Language Acquisition teachers. The process will be ongoing throughout the school year.
The district shall provide to parents, as appropriate, information to help them understand the state’s academic content and achievement standards,state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, how to monitor students’ academic progress and how to work with school staff to improve the achievement of students. The district shall develop written materials and training for staff to help parents work with students to improve student achievement.
Adams County School District 50 will encourage parents to collaborate with the district and the school by:
School-Based Parent Involvement Activities
Each Title I school shall encourage parents to become involved inthe activities of the school through the application of research-based strategies that include:
- Inviting parents to participate as partners in the decisions that affect children and families in district schools by serving on school committees, and advisory councils, as well as sharing strategies forpromoting and supporting the education of their child at home and at school.
- Encouraging and organizing Title I involvement and communityprograms that are aligned with the state standards and Measurement Topics.
- Encouraging parents to attend Parenting Workshops and providing reasonable support for parental involvement inactivities as parents may request.
- Communicating on a regular basis, through conferences, newsletters, phone calls, and notes to parents.
- Providing parent classes to increase parenting skills.
- Involving parents in training that will support them in playing an integral role in assisting student learning.
- Encouraging parents to volunteer and visit classrooms; seeking out their support and assistance.
- Providing parent committees (BAAC, DAAC)where parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
- Collaborating with the community to provide resources that are used to strengthen schools, families and student learning.
- Involve parents in district visits.
Method of Communicating with Parents
Alli nformation related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities shall be sent to parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
Communications and information may be shared with parent in the following ways:
The district shall conduct, with the involvement of parents, anannual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy. Effectiveness shall be measured in part by improvements in student academic achievement and in school performance. The evaluation shall specifically address barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who:
The district in partnership with all stakeholders shall use thefindings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, this policy.
The district shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.
Developmentof School-Level Title I Parent Involvement Policy
Each school receiving Title I funds shall jointly develop with and distribute to parents of students participating in the Title I program a written School-Level Title I Parent Involvement Policy agreed upon by the parents in accordance with the requirements of federal law.
The policy shall contain a school-parent compact or agreement that outlines how parents, school staff and students will share the responsibilityof improved student academic achievement, and the means by which the school andparents will build and develop a partnership to help students.
LEGAL REFS.: C.R.S. 22-7-101 through 22-7-107(Educational Accountability Act
of1971) (local accountability programs)
C.R.S.22-7-407 (5) (informing parents about standards-based education)
C.R.S.22-11-201 (4)(b)(I) (accreditation contract must bind district to administer community involvement, including processes for parents)
C.R.S.22-30.5-109 (publicity regarding educational options)
1 CCR 301-1,Rules 2202-R.2.01 (4)(j) (accreditation contract must include goals and processes for informing and involving parents, families,community and accountability committees)
20 U.S.C.§6301 et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
Title I, Part A, Section1118 (Title I parent involvement requirements)
Title I, PartA, Section 1114 (b)(1)(F) (Schoolwide Reform Program musti nclude strategies to increase parent involvement)
Title I, PartA, Section 1115 (c)(1)(g) (Targeted Assistance Program must include parent involvement strategies)
Title I, PartA, Section 1116 (a)(1)(D) (school districts’ receiving Title I funds must review effectiveness of parent involvement actions and activities at schools)
Title I, PartF, Section 1606 (a)(7) (Comprehensive School Reform Grant Program parent involvement requirements)
Title II,Part A, Section (a)(3)(B)(IV) (preparing and training for highly qualified teachers and principals Grant Program parent involvement provisions)
Title I, Part A, Section 1112 (g) (parent involvement and notifications in districts using Title I funds to provide language instruction to limited English proficient students)
Title I, Part C, Section 1304 (b)(3)(parent involvement and notifications in districts using Title I funds for the education of migratory children)
Title I, PartA, Section 1114 (b)(2) (eligible school that desires tooperate a schoolwide program must develop a comprehensive reform plan)
CROSS REFS.: ADA, SchoolDistrict Goals and Objectives
AE, Accountability/Commitmentto Accomplishments
AEA, StandardsBased Education
IA,Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives
IHBIB, Primary/Preprimary Education
IL,Evaluation of Instructional Program
ILBA,District Program Assessment
ILBB,State Program Assessments
KD,Public Information and Communications
Dispute Resolution Process
Ø Addressing Concerns at the District Level
Contact Charisse Goza, Title I Coordinator (720) 542-5391 ot email@example.com