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Our Work

USDE_SecretaryThe Title I Unit implements Title I mandates of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 especially as it relates to the Title I requirements.

The Title I Unit provides customized support to assist schools with the completion of all requirements of the Title I, Part A grant including support for:

  • School Improvement Planning
  • Data analysis to make informed decisions
  • Accessing strategies and resources
  • Parent engagement committees
  • Determining fund distribution for school and community benefit
  • School level parent engagement plans
  • Professional development for staff to include working with parents and families as partners
  • Parent Community Coordinators
  • Extended learning such as summer learning and afterschool programs

Signature Programs

We have several signature programs that are unique to Title I 

Primary Talent Development (PTD)
The PTD program uses a science-based curriculum that engages K - 2 students in open-ended, hands-on, problem-solving experiences that promote creative and critical thinking skills.

To implement the PTD program in Title I elementary schools, a Title I-funded PTD Coach serves as a teacher leader by guiding teachers to:

  • Implement various components of the primary talent development modules with students in Grades K–2;

  • Implement challenging enrichment opportunities in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies.

  • Access enrichment and acceleration within the core curriculum in Grades K–5;

  • Provide professional development related to nurturing potential and

  • Monitor student performance.

Innovative Schools

Arcola Elementary and Roscoe Nix Elementary
Students attending Arcola and Roscoe Nix Elementary schools participate in an extended school year calendar that extends the school year and provides them with access to 25 more days of learning and an opportunity to additional innovative, enriched, and interdisciplinary learning experiences across content areas. Students will be provided high-quality instruction that ensures learning continues throughout the year.

Parent Community Coordinators (PCC)

Some Title I schools have an additional staff member to help build and strengthen positive relationships with families and work collaboratively with school leaders, staff, and community organizations to develop and implement family engagement activities. They support families by guiding them through the school system, helping to build their ability to advocate for their students’ academic success, especially those facing language, cultural, or economic barriers.