FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Title I ?
Title I is the largest federally funded aid program for our nation’s schools. The goal of Title I is to provide extra help and instruction in math and reading for students in grades K-4. It is the goal of Eagle View School and Title I that all students master the rigorous standards in reading and math. If students have not mastered a skill due to absences, lack of understanding, or a variety of other reason, then that skill area must be clarified and retaught to the child so the student will be able to master and/or excel in math or reading. The Title I teacher or paraprofessional can address specific skill areas that a child needs help with, usually in a small group setting.
Why are students placed in Title I ?
Students are referred for the Title I program from many places. Teachers can refer students who are having difficulty with reading or math in the regular classroom. Test scores are another area that are looked at in the referring process. In all grades this year we are using a short test called Star in math and reading to help us to find the gaps in students learning. The classroom teacher will also work on these learning gaps. Some children have a few gaps, while others might have many. The MCA Minnesota test is another source that are used in 4th to determine gaps.
Why do I need to sign a parents permission slip for Title I ?
Permission is needed to include your child in the program. Remember that learning these basic skills to mastery can help students in their future. New this year is a set time for Title I services in a grade level. That way a classroom teacher can schedule around that time to ensure the students are not missing core instruction when at Title I.
What should I know about Title I ?
Title I can make a difference in many lives! Title I can help children do better in school and feel better about themselves while learning. Title I teachers take a small group of students from a grade level at a time and work on the skills needed by those students. The group usually meets in a separate room from the classroom, about 25 minutes or so, for the simple reason of distractions and the ability to hear well and to focus on what is being taught. Title I paraprofessionals are usually stationed in classroom for student support in academics or they are taking small groups of students to work on specific skills in the discovery areas or a computer area.
Once my child is in Title I, are they in it for their whole elementary experience?
No, Title I is to give them a boost to fill the gaps in their learning, then they go back to the classroom. We make many changes throughout the year.Some students need more support than others and might be in Title each year. We strive to get them back in the classroom as soon as possible
Do Title I teachers and classroom teacher(s) work together?
The Title I and classroom teachers do confer with each other to find out how the students are doing and progressing. They monitor if the students are using the learning strategies that they have been taught in both settings. They confer on the testing results and what are the needs of the student.
Are grades given in Title I ?
Grades are not given in Title I; however, students are held accountable for Title I work and progress monitoring (short test with the Star program) are given throughout the year to track progress of the student and to show the teachers what they are still missing and need to learn. The Title I program is supplemental basic skill practice for a short time each day.
Communication with Title I teachers
Parents are encouraged to call or schedule a conference to address any concerns they have with their child’s progress. Each teacher works with about 60 students or so and doesn’t make it to every parent conference you might set up with the classroom teacher during the normal parent teacher conference time. Classroom teachers can request for us to attend a parent conference at anytime. The Title I teachers are available to you anytime for a conference about your child’s progress via phone or a school visit.
LEVELED LITERACY INTERVENTION (LLI)
Leveled Literacy Intervention (Heinemann) is a small group, supplementary literacy intervention designed for students who find reading and writing difficult. These students are the lowest achievers in literacy at their grade level and are not receiving another literacy intervention. Through systematically designed lessons and original, engaging leveled books, LLI supports learning in both reading and writing, helps students expand their knowledge of language and words and how they work. The goal of LLI is to bring students to grade level achievement in reading.
- A combination of reading, writing, phonics and word study
- Emphasis on comprehending strategies
- Attention to the features of nonfiction and fiction texts
- Specific work on sounds, letters, and words in activities designed to help children notice the details of written language and learn how words “work”
- Help for students in expanding their vocabularies
- Explicit teaching for fluent and phrased reading
- Opportunities to write about reading to learn a variety of writing strategies.
LLI At Eagle View Elementary
This program is for students who need extra time each day to read more, as well as having phonic or word study support. Title I teachers are the instructors for this program. Leveled Literacy Intervention works matches with the guided reading model in Eagle Views regular classroom. Many of the same skills are taught with the same language used in the regular classroom to compliment each other as we support students to the next level. This is a 25 minute a day intervention in the a small group setting.
Read Naturally At Eagle View Elementary
As an intervention for Title I students, we will be using Read Naturally Live. Students will be practicing many skills with this program with a trained paraprofessional watching their progress. Read Naturally Live has many levels of stories to read to mastery. Title I teachers set the goal for each student, as the student progresses the goal is changed and reading levels change.
The stories are mostly non-fiction with high interest. Skills included in the program are word work (example: antonyms) vocabulary work, predicting the story, retelling the story, phonics, multiple readings of the story, a quiz with comprehension questions, as well as a way to check their work and go back to review missed skills. Students are accountable for all their work on this web based program. The Title I teacher is able to view all the students work, monitor progress; and proctor reading.