What is Title I?
"Title I" is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. That Act is reauthorized by Congress from time to time, and often given a new name. It is currently known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. The previous version of the law was known as the No Child Left Behind Act. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all studentsThe Title I law requires the meaningful involvement of parents in school level planning, development and design of initiatives to improve student achievement supported by Title I funds.
The purpose of Title I is to assist schools in improving student achievement, staff development and parental involvement. All public schools receiving Title I funds are district schools operating as Schoolwide Programs. Schools utilize Title I funds to enhance the regular district instructional program.
Title I News
Our 2019-2020 Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP) has been approved and published. You may view this document in our school’s Family Resource Center Notebook located in the Skycrest Family Resource Center in the lobby of our school.
The School, District, and State Accountability Report (SPAR) is available to review. The link below will take you to the Florida Department of Education website where parents may view the report online. The report is also available in our Parent Resource Binder in the front office.
The Title I Annual Meeting was held at our Open House on September 5, 2019. If you were unable to attend this very important meeting and would like information about this meeting, please visit the Family Resource Center located in the front office. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please feel free to contact Mrs. Ladd at 727-469-5987 or drop by our office.
Title I Needs You!
Every Title I school must have a parent volunteer to be a member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC). This only requires attending two meetings a year and then reporting back to our SAC meetings.
Please contact Michelle Ladd at 469-5987, if you are interested.
Title 1 Additional Information:
What is a Title I School?
Title I schools receive federal dollars to fund the following:
- Personnel to help students succeed. At Skycrest, we have a full time Reading Interventionist, a Reading Coach, a full-time Social Worker and a full-time Multi-Tiered Systems Support coach.
- Academic workshops/family nights – Literacy night, STEM night, FSA/Middle School information night, and the Art and Student Showcase are offered to students and their families. We provide families with free books and the opportunity to learn strategies to help their children to be better readers, mathematicians, and scientists.
- Materials for students - Title I provides students with Planners and Compacts. In addition, money is spent to refurbish classroom libraries, purchase culturally relevant books for teachers to use in their classrooms and buy instructional materials needed to meet the needs of our students.
- Professional Development for staff members including a stipend to be paid to all staff who participate in school-based trainings after school. At Skycrest, we will be offering two book studies to build teachers capacity in equitable practices. As well as, working with instructional staff after school hours to delve deep into our student data and ELA standards plan focused instruction to meet the needs of our students.
- Provide intervention kits to remediate and enhance reading skills for all students. (LLI, SRA, Elements of Phonics, Elements of Vocabulary, etc.)
- Promise Time program/ELP program – after school tutoring program. Materials and funds for salaries were provided during the 2019-2020 school year. (Examples - Spanish club, ST Math Club, Boys club, Promise time tutoring groups, Coding club, Reading/Writing Club)
Schools use funds to:
- add highly qualified staff
- support parent and community involvement efforts
- improve staff development
- purchase additional instructional materials and supplies
- add technology and needed equipment
Skycrest Elementary Title I Needs You!
Every Title I school must have a parent volunteer to be a member of the Student Advisory Council (SAC).
This only requires attending three meetings a year and then reporting back to our SAC meetings.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Title I Coordinator, Michelle Ladd at 727-469-5987 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.