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JCS Title I Plan

Title I, the largest federal education program, is the foundation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Title I funds are provided to schools with large numbers of economically-disadvantaged students. Based on the needs of their student subgroups, Title I schools design instructional programs and provide student services to supplement existing programs that are financed through local, state, and other federal funds.

These additional funds are used to design strategies that meet the needs of students that are most at risk for school failure. Services may include implementing effective instructional practices, hiring teachers to reduce class size, purchasing materials and supplies, and hiring additional teacher assistants or other personnel.

A Johnston County schoolwide Title I school has more than 55% of its student population receiving Free or Reduced Price lunches. Nineteen Johnston County schools are currently Title I schools:

Benson Elementary Glendale-Kenly Elementary Selma Middle
Benson Middle Meadow School Smithfield Middle
Cooper Elementary Micro Elementary Smithfield-Selma High
Corinth-Holders Elementary North Johnston Middle South Smithfield Elementary
Four Oaks Elementary Pine Level Elementary
Princeton Elementary
West Smithfield Elementary
Four Oaks Middle Selma Elementary Wilson's Mills Elementary

Many times, students who live in poverty have greater educational needs than those who do not. Title I funds help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on state assessments.

No Child Left Behind legislation requires that instruction in Title I schools be provided by highly-qualified staff. Research shows that students make greater academic gains when instructed by highly-qualified professionals. To assist teachers and teacher assistants in attaining and maintaining their highly-qualified status, all schools provide scientifically, research-based professional development.

Since parent involvement is a key component to student academic achievement, Title I schools provide training to their staff to show them how to effectively include parents as partners in their children's education. Parents of students attending Johnston County Schools, especially Title I schools, are encouraged to be a vital part of the students' learning team. Schools provide materials and training to parents in how to support the child's social-emotional and academic progress.

Parents in Title I schools also collaborate with educators to develop a written parent involvement policy that is distributed to parents and to plan and implement parent involvement strategies for the school. Through training and collaboration, parents and educators alike discover that parent involvement can take many forms and can provide a boost to the child's academic and social-emotional success.

Although special populations such as homeless students, youth, and their families and other at-risk subgroups encounter distinctive problems that make receiving a quality education more difficult, Johnston County Schools are committed to providing appropriate educational services that meet these students' learning needs. The supplemental staff, materials, and effective strategies provided through Title I funding go hand-in-hand with the dedication and commitment of educators, parents, and community members to move economically-disadvantaged students toward a brighter future.

Information for Families

Keys to Successful Partnerships: Epstein's Six Types of Involvement
  1. Parenting: Assist families with parenting skills and set home conditions to support children as students. Also, assist schools to better understand families.
  2. Communicating: Conduct effective communications from school-to-home and from home-to-school about school programs and student progress.
  3. Volunteering: Organize volunteers and audiences to support the school and students. Provide volunteer opportunities in various locations and at various times.
  4. Learning at home: Involve families with their children on homework and other curriculum-related activities and decisions.
  5. Decision Making: Include families as participants in school decisions and develop parent leaders and representatives.
  6. Collaborating with Community: Coordinate resources and services from the community for families, students, and the school, and provide services to the community.
Website with Beneficial Information:
Joyce L. Epstein's Six Types of Involvement

For more information contact Ana Lucia Milazzotto 919-934-4361 x 4022

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