Title I

Title I funds are federal dollars aimed at increasing the reading and math achievement of students who are economically disadvantaged or who are eligible for assistance from the McKinney-Vento Act.  Title I schools use the supplemental resources to implement a school wide plan targeted toward the identified needs of the students and staff.  The programs and services provided are supplemental to the regular educational program, and may include items such as:

  • Additional professional development for teachers
  • Additional specialists and instructional assistants
  • Increasing the technology available to students
  • Reducing class size
  • Providing extended day/extended year educational opportunities to students
  • Title I Preschool (where space is available)
  • Extended Day Kindergarten
  • Providing early intervention services such outreach support to families
  • Enhancing parental involvement
  • Family Learning Centers
  • Removing the barriers to full participation in the educational program

Canyons Title I Schools

Highly Qualified Personnel

All personnel working in a Title I school must meet the criteria to be considered “highly qualified”.  For teachers, this means they must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree, full state certification and must have passed a competency test in their areas of instruction.  Instructional assistants must have a minimum of two years of college or pass a competency exam in Language Arts and Math.

Parents have the right to know the educational background and status of their child’s teacher and the school must inform them in writing if their child’s teacher has not met the criteria to be “highly qualified”.

Parent Involvement

Parents are children’s first and life-long teachers.  Title I schools make an extra effort to involve parents in the education of their children.  In addition to Canyons District’s Parent Involvement Policy, each school has a unique School Parent Policy and a School-Parent Compact.  (Copies available on each school’s web site).  Each school belongs to the  National Network of Partnership Schools, which provides training and support to involve parents in six key areas.

Title I schools also involve parents by:

  • Providing notification of:
    • Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications
    • Non-Highly Qualified Teachers
    • School Progress (such as RISE scores)
    • Annual School Report Cards with all subgroup data
    • Individual Student Progress
    • Title I Schoolwide Plan
    • Opportunities for Students Experiencing Homelessness
    • Programs/support available for English Language Learners
    • Schools Identified for School Improvement
    • Schools Identified for Supplemental Educational Services
    • Safe and Drug Free School issues
    • How to resolve concerns
  • Inviting consultation and participation on:
    • Written School Parental Involvement Policy
    • National Family Partnership Plan
    • Annual review of policies and plans
  • Inviting consultation and participation on (cont):
    • Use of funds set aside for Parent Involvement
    • Written School-Parent Compact (review and update yearly)
    • Discussed with parents at Parent -Teacher Conferences
    • Development of Schoolwide Plan and Program
    • Assist in development, administration and interpretation of a needs assessment
    • Address required Title I components in the plan
    • Review data results and revise plans as needed
  • Involving parents at the district level:
    • School Improvement Plans
    • Consolidated Application for all Title Programs
    • Implementation and progress of programs
    • District Parent Involvement Policy (reviewed/revised annually)
    • Use of funds set aside for parental involvement
    • Process to resolve concerns
    • Title I Monitoring for program compliance

Compliance and Dispute Resolution

This office ensures compliance with all federal and state requirements, provides professional development and coaching to teachers and works collaboratively with the school to support parental involvement and increased student achievement.  If a patron has a concern which cannot be addressed at the local school, they are invited to contact Wendy Dau, Director, at (801) 826-7511.

In accordance with Federal requirements, the Utah State Office of Education (USBE) also provides a complaint procedure to address concerns, complaints and alleged discrimination or violations of federal regulations concerning Title I programs.  It is the commitment of the USBE to resolve complaints with fairness to all parties, quickly, efficiently, and, to the extent possible, at the local level.

A copy of the Utah Title I Complaint Procedure is available online at https://www.schools.utah.gov/file/aa2a8aa3-29d0-41c0-b00a-cdada157bafe.  Individuals without internet access may contact the Utah State Board of Education for assistance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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