Title I Programming

Welcome to the Title I Program
Title I is a component of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,ESEA.  Title I funds are given to schools around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district.  The federal funds are used for supplemental educational services for children most in need of educational support.  The focus of the Title I program is on helping students meet the same high standards expected of all children.  Maine’s Model of School Support is an accountability system that measures the progress of Maine’s public schools to inform schools, the state, and the federal government on how Maine schools are performing, and determine where additional support is needed throughout Maine to help improve student achievement. 
What schools and grades in our district
are eligible for Title I services?
Currently, Cave Hill, Ella Lewis, Mountain View and Peninsula Schools meet the Title I eligibility requirements in RSU 24.  These schools have been identified by the federal government as Targeted Assistance Schools.  Students in grades one through eight are eligible for reading, writing and math support services, however, a focus is given to the primary grades.
How are students selected?
The district uses multiple criteria to identify students who may be eligible for reading, writing, or math support services.
 The criteria include:
  -  Observational Survey (Marie Clay)
  -  Standardized Tests (CPAA, NWEA)
  -  Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmark
  -  Reading Inventory
  -  Writing Prompt Assessment
  -  Eureka Math Assessment
  -  Teacher recommendations
When a student is recommended for services, a letter is sent home to parents for notification.
What type of services are provided?
Each elementary school in the district provides support services to the Title I students in their classroom, in small groups or in one-on-one settings.  The program focuses on improving skills related to phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, text comprehension, computation skills, problem solving, application of basic concepts and/or writing.  
Reading Recovery, an early reading intervention, prevention initiative is also offered to all qualifying first graders.  More on Reading Recovery.
Title I teachers work closely with building administration and faculty, as well as parents, to ensure student learning and growth. 
What else do Title I funds support?
Parents/guardians are an important part of the Title I program and are encouraged to attend parent-involvement meeting throughout the school year.  The focus of these events is to increase student learning. Title I Parent Meetings, conferences with Title I teachers, and Math Nights are examples of these Title I funded events. 
The Title I Parent Involvement document is shared during these parent gatherings and suggestions for changes or improvement to the document will be solicited. 
Title I funds also support the 4 week summer programs held at each elementary school in our district.  The goal of these summer programs is to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum and help students maintain the skills they learned throughout the school year.
Who can I contact if I have a question about Title I?
Cave Hill School:
Brenda Jordan, Principal
Teri Green, Title I Teacher
Ella Lewis School:
Joanne Harriman, Principal
Michelle Holbrook, Title I Teacher
Mountain View School:
Chris Beals, Principal
Kathy Sobel, Title I Teacher
Pamela Campbell, Title I Teacher
Peninsula School:
Sally Leighton, Principal
Barbara Bricker, Title I Teacher
Valerie Sprague, Title I Teacher
District Services Facility:
Jessica Spaulding, ESEA Coordinator
207.422.2017 ext 111
Nicole Chan, Curriculum Director
207.422.2017 ext 110