Title I - Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA)


An Overview...

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 school that is designated as a schoolwide Title I school has 40% or more of its student population receiving Free or Reduced Lunches.  Four Greene County schools are currently Title I schools:  


Snow Hill Primary School - Grades K - 1

West Greene Elementary School - Grades 2 - 3

Greene County Intermediate School - Grades 4 - 5

Greene County Middle School - Grades 6 - 8


In Greene County, as in many other counties, only elementary schools were designated as Title I schools because much of a student's future success hinges on the quality educational beginning that is provided. However, beginning in the fall of 2011, Greene County Middle School became a Title I school. Many times, students who live in poverty have greater educational needs than those who do not, and 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.  In addition, at least five percent of Title I funds allocated each year are set aside to provide high quality, ongoing professional development to teachers and teacher assistants.


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 Greene 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, Greene 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.



Dr. Michael R. Dixon

Director, Federal Programs and Lead Instructional Technologist

michaeldixon@greene.k12.nc.us

252-747-3425


301 Kingold Boulevard

Snow Hill, NC 28580

Fax:  252-747-5942