School districts in the United States are provided federal funds to provide supplemental instruction to children. Norton City Schools, like many other districts, provides supplemental reading instruction services to children in kindergarten through grade 2 with the use of the Title I Federal Funding Program.
In Ohio, diagnostic and achievement test results are used in part to help determine where the program will be of greatest value. Norton City Schools follows state and federal guidelines with regard to program design, selection of students, and parent involvement.
For more information, please Google the following: Ohio Parent Information and Resource Center.
What is the parent's role in Title I?
We actively encourage parents to work with their children at home, to attend school conferences and activities, and to communicate their ideas and suggestions about the Title I program to us. Every parent is invited and welcome to observe in the Title I classroom. If interested, please contact your child's Title I teacher to make arrangements. Parents may also request the professional qualifications of the student's classroom and reading teachers.
What materials are being used for Title I instruction?
In kindergarten, Wilson Fundations in the basis of our Title I instruction. Kindergarten level Fundations will assist in the development of a very strong foundation for reading and writing. Students will focus on letters and sounds, phrasing and expression, and identify and explain basic story elements.
In first grade, we combine Wilson Fundations and Scott Foresman's My Sidewalks program. Fundations continues to reinforce the basic skills that were learned in kindergarten and moves into word structures. The My Sidewalks Program places and emphasis on oral language, vocabulary, and concept development.
In second grade, we use Scott Foresman's My Sidewalks. Lessons continue to develop a deeper meaning of concepts and vocabulary. It also elicits extended language from students. There is a focus on word-reading strategies for multi-syllabic words as well which helps students to decode the words they struggle with the most.
How are students selected for Title I participation?
Each grade level has its own mulitcriterion selection process that involves the student's individual performance on state diagnostics, Fundations and My Sidewalks assessments, MAP assessments (grades 1 -2), students' prior reading levels (grades 1 - 2), and classroom teacher/Title I teacher observations and knowledge of students. Participation is then prioritized from the multicriterion sheets based on student performance and need.
Norton City Schools Title I Staff
Mrs. Tracy Ranier, Title I Kindergarten
Mrs. Annie Reed, Title I First Grade
Mrs. Jennifer Kaufman, Title I Second Grade
Mrs. Amy Olivieri, Federal Programs Coordinator