Title 1 Reading
The mission of our Title 1 Reading program is to insure that each student reaches his/her
reading potential. Through collaboration with teachers, students, parents and families,
administration, and community members, students in kindergarten through 4 th grade
identified as needing reading assistance are given the opportunity to build necessary
reading skills and develop a passion for reading that ultimately leads to lifelong learning.
The Title 1 Reading teacher provides support by: 1) Acting as a resource person for
teachers, students and families. 2) Offering student reading support that enhances and
reinforces the classroom instruction in order to accelerate the student’s reading fluency
and comprehension. 3) Providing literacy learning opportunities that support a positive
relationship between home and school.
The Role of the Title 1 Reading Teacher
As a professional learning community, all the teachers here are working jointly and are very dedicated to educating all students. With this in mind, the Title 1 Reading teacher will be available as a reading resource person for all early childhood/elementary teachers. As a reading resource person, the Title 1 Reading teacher may model reading strategies and techniques, team teach, or provide classroom observations depending on the needs of the teacher. Yearly, the early childhood and elementary teachers will be asked to fill out a reading strategies needs survey enabling the Title 1 Reading teacher to individualize and tailor program resources to best meet each teacher’s needs.
The Title 1 Reading teacher will provide student support in a variety of ways. Through administering reading assessments, evaluating standardized test scores (where applicable), and by conferencing with the classroom teacher, the student will be offered services either in the regular classroom or in the Title 1 Reading classroom depending on the student’s needs. Written parent or guardian permission is required prior to working with any student.
Parent and Family Support
The parents or guardians and families will be given a variety of ways to be involved in their student’s reading reinforcement. First, parents or guardians will have the opportunity to be part of the Parent Advisory Council. The Parent Advisory Council is a voluntary group and consists of parents who have a student in either the Title 1 Reading, or ELL(English Language Learner)programs. The PAC strives to meet quarterly for a brief evening meeting in the school’s library and provides input and feedback to all aspects of each program. More information about the PAC can be obtained from each teacher specialist. Participating in family nights is another way to help support student reading achievement. Family nights can include a meal and a short informative program providing ideas and ways to support your child’s learning at home. Reading logs will be sent home weekly ensuring that your child is reading at home. Reading is a lifetime skill tied closely to becoming a successful and productive adult in the future. Practicing at home what’s learned in the school environment is vital for achieving reading success. Let’s all remember the old saying: “Practice makes perfect!” We’re not saying that we expect students to be perfect, but we are expecting that each student work to the best of his/her ability and practice learned skills. An important home-school connection with this program is our compact. A compact is a signed agreement where the Title 1 Reading teacher, the parent and guardian, and the student all share in the responsibility of working towards student achievement. Resources such as books, games, videos, and tapes are available for families to checkout. A complete listing of all parent and student resources can be located in the Title 1 Reading/Remedial Math classroom.