Title I Program Overview
What is Title I?
Title I is the largest federally funded educational program. This program, authorized by Congress through the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1968, provides supplemental funds to school districts to assist schools with the highest student concentrations of poverty to meet school educational goals. Federal law requires that any school that has a poverty rate of 75% or higher must be served through the Title I program.
Title I Mission Statement
The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equitable, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
Title I Programs provide funds to districts in order to assist schools with the highest levels of economically disadvantaged students to:
improve student achievement for all participating children
improve staff development
improve parental, family and community engagement
Alachua County Public Schools Title I Schools
In this district, all elementary schools identified with a percentage of 35% or higher CLIF (children of low-income families) population through the direct certification process receive funds. Secondary or combination schools identified with a percentage of 75% or higher CLIF (children of low-income families) population through the direct certification process receive funds.
Funds are allocated on a per qualifying pupil basis. Federal law requires that a district not use Title I funds to offset expenses to a Title I school that would normally be paid by other sources if Title I funds were not available.
The department of Title I, coordinates instructional programs and alternative settings for students who require intensive instruction and support. Primary responsibilities of the department include:
- Coordination and implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act legislation and requirements.
- Administrative and instructional support for the District Title I programs which include:
- Title I, Part A (Educationally Disadvantaged)
- Title I, Part D (Delinquent Educational)
- Title I, Unified School Improvement Grant (UniSIG)
- Coordination and implementation with Title I schools to provide supplemental academic support for students.
- Instructional support for students in programs at the A Quinn Jones Center.
- Coordination and instructional support for students in the Department of Juvenile Justice programs located at the PACE Center for Girls, AMIKids, Alachua Regional Detention Center and Alachua Academy.
- Facilitate Parent and Family Engagement Activities through individual school/center sites.
What Families Should Know About Title I
Title I, Part A is a federal grant program designed to give educational assistance to ensure all that all children meet our student achievement standards. School programs use evidence based instructional strategies and implement family engagement activities. Title I is dedicated to involving home and school, working together, to improve the educational opportunities for all students by helping them:
- succeed in the regular program
- attain grade-level proficiency
- improve academic achievement
Parent and Family Engagement
When schools work together with families to support learning, children are better prepared for success both in and out of the classrooms. Title I has requirements and steps in place for involving parents of Title I students to partner with their school in an effort to increase student achievement. Stakeholders at the school and district levels work with parents, staff and administrators to increase student academic achievement by building capacity and increasing parent involvement.
District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Coordinator: Mary Cooke
email: cookeme (followed by @gm.sbac.edu)
phone: 352-955-7634 Ext. 1659
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Upcoming Parent and Family Engagement News
We will release the second part of our Sight Words Video Project on our YouTube Channel in February. These videos will feature ideas for using decodable readers at home to continue to reinforce sight words while also building reading stamina.
If you have not already done so, be sure to check out the videos from part one of the project on our YouTube Channel which feature fun, family friendly sight words activities.
Title I District Parent and Family Engagement Plan Stakeholder Survey
Please read the one page summary of the 2020-21 Title I District Parent and Family Engagement Plan and respond to the survey. Thank you for your feedback.
Title I Documents
Manning Administrative Annex, Bldg. 2
1817 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 955-7634
Director Title I Compensatory Educational Programs, Title III, School Renewal
Title I Supervisor
Program Services Specialists
Part A Title I Specialists
Part D Title I Specialists