What is Title I Part A?
Title I is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This legislation provides federal funds to help students in schools with high economic needs achieve high standards. The overall objective is to enable all students to meet state and local student performance objectives and for all school schools to achieve the Annual Measurable Objectives targets set by the New Jersey Department of Education.
At this time, Fairfield Township School District receives Title I funding. As such, the funds are used for afterschool and summer academic programs, family involvement programs, as well as instructional materials, professional development and other school wide and district initiatives.
For the 2014-2015 school year, among other initiatives, Fairfield Township School District is proud to announce that we are now Title I School-Wide. This allows the school to allocate Title I funding to all students in the district to improve student achievement.
Additionally, Fairfield Township School District offers an after-school Title I Enrichment program annually. This program is geared toward students in first through eighth grade who are exhibiting difficulty, specifically in Reading and Math, and who whose skill level may be below grade level. Students are instructed in Language Arts and Mathematics for approximately two hours twice a week.
Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals
NCLB of 2001 includes specific requirements related to the qualifications and certifications of teachers and paraprofessionals. All professional staff teaching core academic subjects in Title I schools must meet the highly qualified requirements. Core academic subjects include Reading/ English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. Paraprofessionals working in Title I schools must also meet the educational requirements under the NCLB Act. NCLB also requires Title I schools to disseminate a letter to all parents regarding the qualifications of their child’s teacher. Our district is proud of its teachers and instructional staff and encourage all parents, guardians and community members to become involved with their school and teacher. Together, we can make a difference!
Parent and Family Involvement
A critical component of the NCLB Title I is parent outreach. All Title I schools are mandated to implement school level family involvement programs through meaningful consultation with parents to provide opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills related to their children’s education. As annual Parent Teacher conferences are mandatory under the grant, Fairfield Township School District plans to hold Parent Teacher conferences during the week of November 24, 2014. However, parent teacher conferences may occur at other mutually convenient times. Each school is required to create, with the guidance from parents and community members, and disseminate a School Parent Compact as well as distributed the District and School Parent Involvement Policy which outlines the positive expectations of each partner (School, teachers, and students) which leads to student success. Parents of our district should look forward to workshops, which focus upon strategies to help their children improve their academic performance as well as how to improve the family as a whole. Fairfield Township School District has a Parent Liaison who works directly with parents and the community in order to provide workshops and information pertinent to each school’s goals.