TITLE I & FAIRFAX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
What is Title I?
Title I is the first title in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001. Title I is the largest federal aid program for K—12 schools. Its purpose is to ensure that all students have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments, such as ACT Aspire in reading, English, writing, and mathematics and the SC Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in science and social studies or the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the SC Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt) in science and social studies for alternate assessment eligible students only.1 Title I is designed to support state and local school reform efforts as well as teaching and learning for students who are most at risk of not meeting state standards.2
How are Title I funds used at Fairfax Elementary School?
Fairfax Elementary School uses Title I funds to support the following activities:
Employ one full-time teacher to provide more individual and small group academic instruction
Create, print, and distribute parent-school communications such as the parent handbook, postcards, brochures, Early Years and Home & School Connection monthly newsletters, and etcetera.
Integrate digital devices including but not limited to laptops, tablets, MacBook Airs, iPads, iPods, and etcetera into classroom instruction
Intra-district travel and off-site professional development opportunities for the Parent Liaison including but not limited to Francis Marion University Center of Excellence workshops and courses, SC Association of Title I Administration conference, SC State Council International Reading Association meetings workshops and conference, SC Association for Educational Technology conference, International Society for Technology in Education webinars and conference, Parents Leading the Way workshops, Parenting Partners training and workshops, and McKinney-Vento meetings and trainings
Employ one full-time paraprofessional to serve as a Parent Liaison between the school and students’ homes to encourage parental engagement and to provide assistance to students’ families Establish a Parenting Partners initiative through Family Leadership Inc. to include one team of Parenting Partners Facilitators, more than one cohort of Parent Leaders, and catered refreshments, child care provider salaries, and parent incentives
1 South Carolina Department of Education. (2014, November 21). Update on Assessments for Spring 2015 Memo
2 South Carolina Department of Education. (2014, July 21). New Title I Coordinators Training
UNITE FOR LITERACY
Unite for Literacy is a free digital library of one hundred simple picture books in English and narrated (on demand) in English and in 15 other world and indigenous languages for read-alouds and for the youngest and newest readers. The books may be enjoyed on computers, tablets and most smartphones. New books will be added every month.