Kelly Thorson, Jessica Brown, Sarah Husted, Christine Garrett, Nancy Huseby
What is a Schoolwide Title 1 program?
Viking Elementary School is considered a Title 1 Schoolwide program. A Title 1 Schoolwide program is a method of delivering Title 1 services in eligible schools. It allows the school to address the educational needs of children with comprehensive strategies for improving the entire school so every student achieves high levels of academic proficiency.
Schoolwide programs have great latitude to determine how to organize their operations and allocate the multiple funding sources available to them. They do not have to identify particular children as eligible for services or separately track federal dollars. Instead, Schoolwide programs can use all allocated funds to increase the amount and quality of learning time. In this way, they can embrace a high-quality curriculum, according to a comprehensive plan that ensures all children meet the state's challenging academic stanards.
Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources and classes are part of the overall Schoolwide program. The purpose is to generate high levels of academic achievement in core subject areas for all students, especially those students most in need. This purpose is achieved through:
- High quality instruction
- Comprehensive reform strategies and methods that are based on the use of scientifically based research
- Strategies and methods to improve teacher quality and professional development
- Consolidated use of funds.
Who are Title 1 students?
They are students who will succeed when given extra instruction. Their classroom teachers identify the students as needing additional help in reading and/or math based on their test scores and performance. Those who show the greatest educational need, and who are not receiveing Special Education services, are served first.
How are parents involved?
- Parents are notified about the school's Title 1 program.
- Parents, teachers and students sign a contract that spells out the goals and shared responsibilities of the child, school and parents for student success.
- Parents are invited to participate in Parent Involvement Committee meetings.
- Share a love of learning and set a good example by reading, writing letters and/or lists, comparing prices, etc.
- Make learning fun by playing games, visiting the library and by listening to and talking with your child.
- Show interest in your child's school day by asking specific questions and praising effort and improvement.
- Get involved in school activities and events!!