The focus of Title I schools is to help students achieve proficiency on core standards, closing academic gaps that may exist. These efforts include providing targeted supports to at-risk students, building teachers' capacity through professional development, and strengthening parents' abilities in helping their children succeed.
An Introduction to Title I
- Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
- For other annual Title I parent information, Granite School District's parent engagement policy, a summary of Granite School District's Annual Title I Parent Meeting, and other information, please visit the Granite School District Title I website.
Parent Compact, Policy & Rights to Know
Other School Information
Parent-School Learning Compact
The School agrees to:
- Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment annually. Use multiple sources of information in determining strengths and needs of the school. Disaggregate and analyze the data by gender, ethnicity, ELL, status, migrant status, disabled vs. non-disabled, and economically disadvantaged.
- Establish school goals and individual student achievement standards based on the needs assessment.
- Outline curriculum that has been proven effective (scientifically based research.) Align curriculum instruction, and assessment to meet the state core curriculum, performance and accountability standards.
- Provide extended learning time opportunities to disadvantaged children.
- Provide accelerated, high-quality curriculum that enables all students to achieve challenging standards.
- Implement transition activities to ensure the effective transition from preschool to elementary school and from elementary school to the next level.
- Ensure that educational services provided by high-qualified teachers and paraprofessionals.
- Ensure that high-quality, on-going professional development activities are available to staff and these activities increase teacher capacity in making instructional decisions.
- Provide a safe climate conducive to student learning.
- Involve parents in development of goals and expectations.
- Provide available supports to families and/or connect them to resources to assist in daily living and basic needs.
- Build the capacity of parents to help their children achieve high standards.
- Share assessment and evaluation data with parents and/or the public.
The parent agrees to:
- Assure that their children attend school regularly.
- Monitor homework assignments.
- Read to/with their child for twenty minutes daily.
- Volunteer in their child\'s classroom as time permits.
- Participate in school decisions as they relate to their child\'s education.
- Monitor their child\'s television time.
- Ensure that their children gets proper rest.
- Attend Parent-Teacher conferences.
- Return school communication in a timely manner.
Parent Engagement Policy
Granite School District Parent and Family Engagement Plan
Preface: To our parents and families, we honor your role as the first and most important teachers of your children. Thank you for partnering with Granite School District in helping your children achieve their academic potential and social emotional well-being. Such partnerships that allow for two-way communication better enable student success and the continual improvement of your child’s school.
How this Plan is Developed: The following Parent and Family Engagement Plan was developed jointly with parents through surveys and focus groups. Annually, feedback surveys are sent to all parents, teachers, and principals in Title I schools to identify barriers of engagement and also the needs parents have in supporting their children’s learning. This feedback is reviewed by district officials and informs revisions so this Parent and Family Engagement Plan meets the changing needs of parents and the school in facilitating successful family-school interactions.
Your Rights and Opportunities: Parents have rights to provide input on school engagement practices and to be active participants and decision-makers in not only their own student’s educational experience, but also in the development of school-wide initiatives through participating in school Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTAs), attending school Community Council meetings, volunteering at the school, attending SEPs and other school events, receiving information about school programs, and have questions answered in a timely manner. Community Council meetings are the second Wednesday of each month and are open to all. Any other communication can be done by phone, or drop by the school.
Your principal conducts an annual school Title I meeting that shares information about the school, explains your rights, outlines school parent and family engagement efforts, and receives parents’ input on school engagement plans and other policies. Parent stakeholder groups also assist in the development of the school’s Continual Improvement Plan: a document that outlines the goals and strategies that guide school improvement. For additional information on parental involvement at your child’s school, please visit your school’s Title I section of its website to read their Parent and Family Engagement Policy.
Supporting Parents and Families: An Important District Initiative: Improving student learning is a team effort. Along with parents as key partners in this endeavor, Granite School District coordinates district initiatives pertaining to parent and family engagement through a District Improvement Steering Committee (DISC). This committee oversees this important endeavor as well as other district initiatives, coordinating Federal, State, and local laws and programs. Its goal is to provide seamless support to families and students. In addition, principals in Title I schools meet regularly to receive training on effective parent and family engagement strategies, strategies that involve parents and families in a meaningful way to partner in improving student academic achievement and school performance.
Resources to Assist Parents and Families: All parents in Granite School District have access to curricular resources to assist their children in learning core standards, the opportunity for a safe and equitable learning environment, and other forms of student learning and support.
Last updated: June 2023
Parents' Right to Know
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School Annual Title I Meeting
Parent input is valued. Each year, a parent meeting is held where our school solicits input in the planning and implementation of school parent engagement activities.
- Date: 10 October 2023
- Time: 5:00 p.m.
After reviewing the slides, please email feedback to Principal Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At our Title I annual parent meeting, we discuss answers to the following questions:
- What is Title I?
- How does our school use Title I funds?
- What services do students receive?
- What curricula and assessments are used?
- What is a Parent and Family Engagement Policy?
- What is a School-Parent Compact?
- What are my rights as a parent?
- How can I be involved?
- Whom can I contact for more information?\"
School Title I Goals
Each year, our school conducts a needs assessment, reviews student performance data, and solicits input from various stakeholders in order to develop a meaningful Title I Plan. This plan is data-driven, evidence-based, and responsive to findings from data reviews, needs assessment findings, and stakeholder input. The school comprehensive Title I plan articulates how evidence-based strategies, action steps and milestones will support the goals listed below.
+3% increase in proficiency in all academic growth measures.
- This would include Acadience Math, Acadience Reading, WIDA Access, End of Year RISE, Common Formative Assessments, etc.
Achieve an overall decrease in office referrals by increasing self-management skill levels.
- By the end of the 2023-2024 school year, there will be a 3 to 1 ratio for minor vs. major office referrals compared to the ratio that occurred during the 2022-2023 school year, which was about 1.5 to 1.
Establish a collaborative space and time for teachers to plan and problem solve student learning.
- 100% of Professional Learning Communities will meet at least 4 times each month, prepare for each meeting with agendas, have student data to review, and follow a data protocol for the purpose of problem solving student learning on standards.
Redwood Elementary School
2650 S Redwood Road
West Valley City, Utah 84119
September 18, 2023
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are writing to let you know that Redwood Elementary School has been designated as a Title I Comprehensive Support and Improvement school. This designation means that the school is among the lowest-performing five percent of Utah’s Title I schools in academic performance and growth.
The program improvement designation provides an opportunity for principals, teachers, and parents to focus on areas of school improvement. The Granite School District and the Utah State Board of Education are working with our school to improve teaching and learning, especially in the areas of reading and mathematics by providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities to the teachers and administrators within our school.
Redwood Elementary School is working to improve its academic program by undergoing a rigorous school improvement effort led by a school system of support team. We are adjusting our practices to focus on the academic success of students school-wide by defining what common planning and professional learning communities (PLCs) look like at our school to maximize opportunities in helping students reach mastery of prioritized standards, using PLCs to analyze data to adjust instruction, focusing on growth mindset through professional development and collaboration, as well as individual class meetings, and enhancing our practices of building relationships to encourage students to be more resilient and motivated to attend school and participate in learning. However, parent support is essential to the success of the school improvement efforts.
Parents can effectively assist student achievement improvement in the following ways:
- Communicating frequently with your student’s teachers
- Making sure your student attends school regularly
- Helping your student with homework
- Monitoring your student’s screen time
- Reading aloud to your student
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Participating in school decision-making
We want to request your help as the school addresses its academic needs and will invite parents to serve on the committee that will develop a school improvement plan.
Rich K. Nye, Ph.D., Superintendent
Aaron R. Wilson, Ed.D., Title I Director
Katrina L. Gillespie, Principal
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