Title I

 

Title I is the largest federal aid program for public schools.  Both NAA Taylor and NAA Winslow meet the criteria to be school-wide Title I schools.  This program provides additional funds for educating disadvantaged children.  These funds are designated to assist children in meeting challenging academic standards.  Title I is the federal government’s commitment to closing the achievement gap between low-income and moderate to high income students.

Title I dollars can be used to:

  • Provide after-school, summer or intersession programs
  • Train parents, teachers, and other staff
  • Buy equipment and materials
  • Support parent involvement activities
  • Hire teachers, assistants, specialists, etc.

Title I dollars can be used for many parent involvement activities.  Funds can be spent on:

  • Parent meetings and programs on Title I
  • Transportation and childcare for parents to participate
  • Salaries for parent liaisons
  • Parent resource centers in schools
  • Take-home learning activities
  • Parenting programs

Title I schools are required to inform parents by:

  • Holding an annual meeting to explain Title I policy and programs
  • Giving parents up to date academic information about their children in an easy to understand format
  • Offering parents a flexible number of meetings on Title I
  • Involving parents in the decision making process on how parent involvement dollars are spent.

NAA’s Current Title I Program includes the following services to improve academic performance:

Individualized Learning Plans—We believe a core element contributing to the success of Northern Arizona Academy’s students is the development of an Individual Learning Plan. This plan is developed with each student and parent based upon student strengths, needs, academic assessments, career interests and individual learning style in order to foster student academic success and proficiency in math, reading, writing, and core content; prevent dropping out and support on-time high school graduation; and coordinate academic, social, and behavioral supports.

Parental Involvement—We know that an increase in parental involvement is directly related to an increase in student achievement. NAA sponsors several activities each year to involve parents in their student’s education. All parents are needed to attend Orientation, Parents Night Out and Parent-Teacher Conferences. We also invite you to join us for the Site Council’s quarterly meetings and Honor’s Breakfasts. Throughout the year, you may receive invitations to participate in special class projects or campus committees that are developing and planning school policy.

Highly Qualified & Effective Teachers—All Teachers are Highly Qualified in a core subject area. NAA has implemented the Teacher Evaluation Framework and Professional Development Plan based upon the four domains modeled from Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson. The evaluation process identifies critical components mandated by ARS § 15-203(A)(38) as well as best practices in evaluating teachers and includes self-evaluation, SMART GOALs, student performance data, and classroom observation.  Professional development activities are designed to enhance performance, improve student learning, and meet identified needs for professional growth.

READ 180 & MATH 180 – In order to improve student performance in math and reading, NAA has implemented the researched based Scholastic programs, Math 180 and Read 180. Enrollment is based upon student assessment results. This highly structured program includes online components and provides a framework to bring students up to grade level as quickly as possible to ensure college and career readiness.

Academic Intervention – NAA provides academic intervention programming within the school day to support students who are struggling with academic content. Teachers assign AI for individual and small-group supports based upon class grades, student assessment results, and attendance.

Instructional Assistants – Students who need additional behavioral or academic support in order to be successful in the classroom can work with an instructional assistant either within the classroom setting in a tutoring or small group context or be pulled out of class for individual support.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports – MTSS is a three-tier approach tat identifies and supports students with learning, behavior, and college and career readiness needs.  All students receive the services provided at each tier 1 level.  Students who require additional services move to tiers 2 and 3 where services are more intensive and individualized.  Administration and teachers track students and have established criteria for moving students up and down tier levels.  If you have any questions or feel your student needs additional services to succeed, please contact the appropriate teacher or principal.

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