Title I

Contact Information
Sue Dorris, Ed.D.
ESEA & Title I Coordinator
Auburn School Department
Auburn, Maine 04210
(207) 782-4142
(207) 784-6431

What is Title I?
Title I is a federally funded program that provides supplemental academic support and extended learning opportunities to low achieving children in high poverty schools. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and achieve proficiency on Maine’s challenging academic standards.

Auburn’s Title I Schools
The Auburn School Department offers federally funded Title I programs in five elementary schools:
East Auburn Community School
Park Avenue Elementary School
Sherwood Heights Elementary School
Walton Elementary School
Washburn Elementary School

All five schools have achieved Schoolwide Program status through a rigorous application process that includes the creation of a planning team, an in-depth needs assessment, and the development of a schoolwide improvement plan. Schoolwide programs promote high academic achievement through the following components:
  • A clear focus on learning;
  • High expectations for students/staff;
  • Environment focused on learning;
  • Strong leadership;
  • Curriculum, instruction, assessment aligned with standards;
  • High-quality professional development;
  • A collaborative spirit and collaborative structures;
  • Meaningful parental involvement; and
  • A commitment to continuous review and improvement.
Early Intervention and Prevention
The Auburn School Department emphasizes early intervention and prevention through Pre-K programming and K-6 supplemental instruction in literacy and math. All elementary schools have trained K-6 interventionists on staff. Auburn’s Title I funds also support extended day and summer programs that provide direct instruction and academic support to students who are not meeting grade level benchmarks.

School Report Cards
The federal Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all states, school districts, and schools to provide annual report cards to parents and communities that include Maine Comprehensive Assessment System data, attendance and graduation rates, status of ESEA Accountability, and information on “highly qualified” teachers. Auburn’s report cards can be accessed by clicking here.

Family Engagement
The Auburn School Department recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school, the student, and the family. Research shows that the involvement of parents in their child’s education increases student achievement. Schools and parents must work as partners if the school system is to meet its goal of educating students effectively.

District Parent Advisory Group
  • To promote parent and family engagement

    • Evaluate and revise parent and family engagement policies

    • Identify effective engagement strategies and activities

    • Facilitate communication between schools and families

  • To provide input on educational programming

    • Review local curriculum, instruction and assessment practices

    • Generate advice/comments to share with district committees, administrators, and School Committee

    • Review State academic standards

Parent Advisory Group