Title I Overview
Title I is a federal program designed to provide support to students, Pre-K to 5, in areas of Reading and Math. Supplemental funding is made available to qualifying schools according to Free and Reduced Meal (FARMS) eligibility.
Title I Mission
Parents, families, educators, and community members working together as partners, sharing the accountability and desire to improve the achievement of all students.
To achieve our mission we embrace these principles:
- Parents, families, educators, and communities are mutually accountable for increasing parental involvement in student achievement. This is a shared responsibility monitored and reported yearly to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
- Schools maintain a welcoming environment.
- Ongoing training is provided by the local system to enable parents and educators to be full partners.
- Schools respond to the needs of our diverse parents, families, and communities.
Each school develops the Home/School Compact with input from parents. It outlines expectations for teachers, parents and students in order to focus on increasing the academic achievement of all students. Teachers review the compact with students and parents during the school year. Some schools attach a copy of the compact in each student's planner.
Parent Involvement Policy:
Garrett County public schools consider parents as important team members. Research has shown that academic success is positively impacted when parents become involved in their child's education. All Title I schools implement the Garrett County Public School Parent Involvement Policy. Please utilize the link on our webpage to view the Parent Involvement Policy.
School Improvement Plan:
Each school develops a Parent Involvement Plan as part of its School Improvement Plan (SIP). Parental input is solicited in the development of the SIP. The implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the SIP are ongoing through parent participation and feedback. School Improvement Plans are available on the websites of Title I schools. Parents and community members are urged to review, and comment on, the SIP.
Title I schools receive funding for providing family programs to enhance student achievement. Family programs differ from school to school, but may include:
- Summer School
- Family Math or Reading Night(s)
- Book Clubs
- Homework Support
- After-school tutoring
One effort provided by the Title I program is the process for addressing parental concerns. Should parents believe federal Title I regulations are not being followed, they have the right to make a complaint. Complaint forms can be obtained from Title I school principals, or by contacting the Title I office, 301-334-8929, at the Garrett County Board of Education.
Components Of A Title I School Wide Program
The purpose of a schoolwide program is to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school. The following components must be addressed in planning for a schoolwide program:
- Comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school focusing on the achievement of students on the state academic content and achievement standards.
- Schoolwide reform strategies based on scientifically based research designed to address the needs of all students and especially the low achieving students.
- High quality and ongoing staff development
- Strategies to increase parent involvement
- Plans to assist preschool children in their transition from early childhood programs to elementary school
- Decision making by teachers in using academic assessments to improve student achievement
- The use of additional, effective, and timely assistance for students to achieve proficiency
- Coordination and integration of federal, state, and local services and programs including violence prevention, nutrition, housing, Head Start, adult education, vocational and technical education, and job training
Highly Qualified Staff
The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act requires that all Title I teachers and paraprofessionals be highly qualified. Parents may request information regarding the highly qualified status of their child's teacher and instructional assistant(s) by contacting in writing the Office of Human Resources at the Garrett County Board of Education, 40 South Second Street, Oakland, MD 21550.
GCPS Parent Involvement Policy
The Garrett County Board of Education recognizes that a student's education is the responsibility held jointly by the school, family, and community. The Garrett County public school system commits to promoting effective and appropriate parent/community involvement at all grade levels in the schools.
GCPS Parent Involvement Plan
The Garrett County BOE will build capacity for parental involvement by encouraging and inviting parents to participate in the education of their children by:
- affording opportunities for input in the decision/policy making process.
- inviting parents/parent groups to participate in BOE meetings.
- naming parents to serve on standing and ad hoc committees.
- encouraging activity in the six major types of parent involvement.
- publicizing BOE meetings in school newsletters and on the school calendar.
The six major types of parent involvement are:
- Communications between home and school on programs and student progress;
- Learning activities are home;
- Basic obligations of families, parenting skills, and home conditions to support learning.
- School decision making, including governance, committee work, and parent organizations; and
- Collaborating with the community to coordinate resources and services.
The Garrett County Board of Education will develop community involvement in the educational system by:
- encouraging the use of community resources & volunteers to augment programs
- developing partnerships between schools and public/private service providers, business and industry, and civic and social service organizations
- using public education facilities for meeting the educational, social, health, cultural, and recreational needs of all ages and sectors of the community
- establishing community involvement processes in educational planning and decision-making.
The Garrett County Board of Education expects each local school to involve parents at all grade levels in a variety of roles. It is their intention that each school develop programs designed to:
- Develop activities and materials to provide effective two-way communication between parents and the school on local school policies and individual student progress.
- Provide programs to assist parents in learning how they can help their child, including activities that are connected to what students are learning in the classroom.
- Help parents develop parenting skills and foster conditions at home to support student efforts.
- Support and encourage parental volunteer opportunities.
- Involve parents in instructional and support roles; support parents as decision makers, and develop their leadership in governance, advisory, and advocacy roles; and work with PTA/PTO leadership to encourage parental input.