Title I–PSA School wide Program
What is Title I?
Title I is compensatory education program for elementary and secondary school children in both and non-public schools. For 30 years, it has provided supplemental services, mainly in the areas of reading and mathematics, to students experiencing difficulties in those academic areas. It is the largest and one of the most successful federal elementary and secondary education programs in the history of the United States. Over 145 million children nationwide have enjoyed improved academic performance as a result of services provided by Title I programs. It is not a Special Education program. This program helps assure that learners have the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to meet the high standards expected of all students.
The money to fund this federal program comes from the number of students in our school that qualify for free or reduced priced breakfast/lunches.
How do students qualify for Title I?
Students qualify by classroom teacher recommendation, in-house assessments and research based assessments. The Title I teachers or paraprofessionals work closely with the classroom teachers to provide additional academic support. In order to be serviced by Title I, parent/guardian permission is required. If your child is recommended for pull-out services for Title I the elementary classroom teacher will have a form for you to sign at conferences giving permission for Title I services. Students will usually remain in the program for the entire school year or until the Title I staff and classroom teacher feel that service is no longer needed.
What is the purpose of Title I in Kindergarten?
Research shows that early intervention is the key to preventing reading difficulties for children. In kindergarten, letter recognition along with phonemic awareness (the understanding of beginning and ending sounds, rhyming words and sound blending) are essential for beginning readers. Some children may simply need more time, while others need the additional support/instruction.
What Title I services are provided for my child in grades 1-5?
Prairie Seeds Academy’s Title I program has two types of services available for students depending on the needs of the learner. For students who are assessed to be at least 2 years below grade levels in reading, the reading intervention program is provided to supplement the regular classroom reading. Instruction is provided by a licensed elementary teacher for 30 minutes 2 days a week in the Title I reading area. For students who show evidence of a few gaps in reading, a paraprofessional or Title teacher works with small groups of students in the classroom up to 2 days a week. Math help is provided by paraprofessionals in the classroom setting. PSA has two Title teachers and two paraprofessionals to work with students in grades K-6.
What Title I services are provided for students in grades 6-12?
The secondary Title I program consists of two paraprofessionals that assist the classroom teacher. They are assigned to the classrooms that have the greatest number of students that need assistance with their vocabulary, comprehension, language development and math reasonong.
Who do I contact with questions about Title I?
The student’s classroom teacher works closely with the Title I teachers and paraprofessionals as they support and monitor the student’s learning. Always contact your child’s math or reading teacher first. If you have addition questions contact the title teacher for the appropriate grade. Call 763-450-1388 and ask for one of the following Title I people:
Ms. Mindy Hanson, K-2 Title Teacher