Poudre School District

Educate Every Child, Every Day

Title I

Parent Information Links:
 

Colorado Department of Education Title I site

McKinney-Vento tutoring request

FAFSA Support for filing out forms for assistance in applying for money for college

Community Life Center Calendar

211 Larimer County Your link to community services

Help your child become a successful reader in English--A literacy toolkit for parents

Ayude a su hijo ser un lector éxitoso en Español -- Una herramienta para padres

 

Title I A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Title I, Part A is the largest federal program supporting public education. Funding is allocated based on poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts.  The central objective of Title I, Part A is to ensure that all children reach challenging academic content standards, specifically in reading and math. The program provides supplemental resources to schools and students who have furthest to go in achieving these standards. These resources include additional teachers funded through Title I.

Title I has many statutory requirements regulating how money is dispersed to and used by schools.  These requirements include use of federal funds for increasing parent involvement in their child’s education, providing for educational needs of students considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act, and providing supplemental education services (tutoring) and school of choice options for students in schools not meeting standards.  Title I also requires schools to have highly qualified teachers.

More information on these topics can be found at the Colorado Department of Education website.

  • McKinney Homeless Education 

http://www.cde.state.co.us/SecondaryInitiatives/McKinney-Vento.htm

 

Title I in Poudre School District

Schools that qualify for Title I funding in Poudre School District are Bauder Elementary, Harris Bilingual, Irish Elementary, Laurel School of Arts and Technology, and Putnam School of Science. 

PSD creates yearly plans with schools for the funding that provides additional staff for reading and math intervention, materials, and after school/summer instruction.  These plans must be based on the needs of each school and informed by student achievement evidence.

PSD coordinates instructional coaches with a smaller portion of the Title I grant at some non-Title I schools based on needs determined by demographics and student achievement data.  The Instructional coaches are placed at schools with literacy and/or mathematics achievement gaps among students who are in the categories of students with disabilities, low socioeconomic status, or English Language Learners.

 

Parent Involvement in PSD Title I Schools

Research shows that students are more successful in school when their parents are involved in their education.  Poudre School District encourages parents to become involved on many levels.  The district and each Title I school have a Parent Involvement Policy in place that is reviewed each year.  See http://www.psdschools.org/sites/default/files/KBA.pdf.

On the district level, the Community-Parent Advisory Council (C-PAC) provides parents the opportunity to take a leadership role.  The council meets three times per year to provide advice on matters related to parental involvement in programs supported by Title I and Title III (English Language Acquisition) funds.  Parents of students attending Title I schools who expressed interest on the annual fall Title I Parent Questionnaire receive invitations.  Parents from schools with ELA programs are also invited, and all parents and community members are welcome.

Parents are also encouraged to become involved in their child’s school by joining committees, working in the classroom, attending conferences and events, and in many other ways.  For more information about volunteering in Poudre School District, see http://www.psdschools.org/webfm/3841.

 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

The intent of the McKinney Education for Homeless Children & Youth Grant is to remove all educational barriers facing homeless children and youth with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance and success.

Students considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act:
Children and youth aged birth-21 years old that lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

This includes children and youth who:
• Share housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
• Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
• Live in emergency or transitional shelters
• Are abandoned in hospitals
• Are awaiting foster care placement
• Have a primary nighttime residence that is not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
• Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
• Are migratory children living in the aforementioned circumstances
• Are unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian

McKinney-Vento Students in PSD

  2007-2008

  708

  2008-2009

  751

  2009-2010

  858

  2010-2011

 1021

  2011-2012

  988

  2012-2013

  953

Rights of Children and Youth living in any of the above situations:

• The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment. (i.e., immunizations, proof of residency)
• The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.  The school of origin is the school where the student started that school year.
• The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin.
• The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
• The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness.
• The posting of homeless students’ rights in all schools and other places around the community.

 

Supplemental Education Services

SES is free tutoring offered outside of the regular school day that provides extra academic or linguistic assistance for eligible children in a Title I school with a status of Priority Improvement or Turnaround. Poudre School District does not have schools with Priority Improvement or Turnaround status so is not required to offer SES for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

School of Choice

Students who attend a Title I-funded school that is identified for Priority Improvement or Turnaround must be given the option of Public School Choice.  Poudre School District does not have schools with Priority Improvement or Turnaround status so is not required to offer School of Choice for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

For more information contact:

Marisa Martin
Accounting Technician
490-3220 or E-mail mmartin@psdschools.org

John McKay
Assistant Director of Student Services for English Language Acquisition and Federal Programs
490-3219 or E-mail jmckay@psdschools.org