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 students.
The 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 for 2021-2022 School Year:
Title I Annual Meeting - August 31, 2021
Did you miss our Title I Annual Meeting on August 25, 2021? During our Title I Annual Meeting we discussed the following: Parent-School-Student Compact, our school and Pinellas County Schools Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP), Title I budget, academic expectations, assessments, Title I Parent’s Right to Know, and the Title I Program.
Click here for a view into the presentation: Title 1 Meeting
We look forward to meeting you at future school events. Please call 727-469-5987 if you have any questions or concerns regarding our school or our Title I Program.
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 727-469-5987, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 full-time Social Worker and a full-time Multi-Tiered Systems Support coach.
- Academic workshops/family nights – Literacy night, STEM & Math night, FSA/Middle School information night, Kindergarten Round Up 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 offer 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 are provided during the school year. (Examples - Waterford Program, 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