Title I

Helping students succeed academically and reach grade level performance expectations.

Title I Q&A

What is Title I?

Title I is the United States Federal Government largest education program to support public schools. Funded through the Elementary & Secondary Act (ESEA), Title I is designed to support all students in meeting the State Standards. The goal is to emphasize high academic standards in an effort to help students succeed academically and reach grade level performance expectations. See a presentation about Title I here

What are some typical Title I services?

At White Bear Lake Area Schools (WBLAS), we offer Title I programs to meet the needs of students at individual schools.  In all of our buildings, this means a ‘targeted' program where selected students receive additional academic instruction or other types of assistance to support them in school.  Typically services focus on providing additional help in reading and/or math instruction. 

What are other uses of Title I funds?

White Bear Lake Area Schools allocates Title I funds to provide training to administrators, teachers and assistants and support district wide family engagement activities. Title I funds at WBLAS also help special population of students:

Do all WBLAS schools have a Title I program?

No. The following District schools are Title I locations:

  • Early Childhood
  • Birch Lake Elementary
  • Lakeaires Elementary
  • Vadnais Heights Elementary
  • Willow Lane Elementary

The Federal law requires that Title I programs are available in schools with the greatest concentration of low-income families.  Once a school qualifies, academic need – not economic status – determines the school programming and whether students receive extra instruction.  Contact your child's school for more information about its Title I program and ask when the school's annual Title I meeting for families will be held.

Who are Title I students?

Typically students identified as needing Title I services are those who are having academic difficulties or other concerns that are affecting their academic achievement in school. Usually students' needs are identified by their classroom teachers based on their test scores and other measures of academic performance. Those who show the greatest educational need and are not already receiving special education services or ADSIS services are served first.

How does WBLAS integrate services?

White Bear Lake does not have migrant or neglected/delinquent students at this time. The district has seen an upward trend in students who qualify for ESL services. EL students at each of the four Title I schools may also receive additional service through Title I. In addition, WBLAS  has bicultural liaisons  serving Hmong, Black/African-American, American Indian and Hispanic families. Bicultural liaisons translate materials and communicate with families whose preferred form of communication are Hmong or Spanish. Students with disabilities who are struggling but do not qualify for Special Education or EL services in a particular core academic area, may also receive Title I assistance based on their assessment results.

The District's Title I schools serve all identified students throughout the school day using a Response to Intervention(RtI) model and they are provided support services in addition to their regular reading and math blocks of instruction. These services can include individual or small groups with a Title I intervention teacher to increase reading and math outcomes. Students are identified for instructional support based on academic need. 

What does The Every Student Succeeds Act transition look like?

For information about implementing The Every Student Succeeds Act and to find out what stays, what goes away and what is new in 2018-2019 under the transition,  click here.

Who can I contact for more information about Title I?

See Title I contacts here

Parent Engagement in Title I

Parent involvement is a critical part of every child's education. This is even more true for students who may be struggling academically. District 624 actively promotes the participation of the parents of Title I children in a wide variety of opportunities. The District 624 Title I Parent Involvement Plan describes how we do this.

How are parents/guardians involved?

  • Parents are invited to attend the school's annual Title I Meeting.
  • Parents are notified of their child's eligibility for and participation in Title I.
  • Parents, staff and students may participate in the development and carrying out of a compact that spells out the goals and shared responsibilities of the child, school and parents for student success.
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in Title I meetings and learning opportunities.

As a parent/guardian, you have the right...

  • to know the qualifications of your child's teacher but all licensed teachers working in  WBLAS are Highly Qualified employees
  • to expect regular understandable communication with your school 
  • to have input in the school-level parent compact between the school and its families
  • to have input in developing your school's family involvement plan
  • to ask for a meeting with your school principal or your child's teacher at any time

Additional Title I Information

  • ISD 624 Title I School Board Policy 612.1-1 (parent involvement policy) is available here.
  • District and School Report Card is available here.
  • Title I Parent Involvement Plan 2017-18 is available here
  • Parent Tip Link is available here
  • Military Release information is available here.
  • Title Program Meeting Invitation is available here.

Homelessness

Homelessness is defined by the McKinneyVento Act as a student lacking a fixed, adequate night-time residence.

Educational Rights

  • Maintain attendance in the school of origin when feasible or enroll where they are currently residing
  • Immediate enrollment
  • Free breakfast/lunch program
  • Transportation when determined to be appropriate

Homeless Students live in any of these conditions

  • Shelter
  • Unaccompanied youth not in the care of a legal guardian
  • Motel/Hotel
  • Street, tents, garages
  • Temporarily doubled up with another family due to domestic violence or economic hardship

Additional Info (links)

Contact

Avis Fink

Avis Fink

Social Worker
District Center
Student Support Services

Foster Care

Students in foster care have been placed by a county entity into a licensed foster care home, emergency shelter/foster care home and/or a familial foster care home.

Educational Rights

Students in foster care have the right to  maintain their education in their school of origin when it is determined to be in the best interest of the student.  Transportation will be arrange depending on the agreement between the county and the school district.

Additional Info (links)

Contact

Avis Fink

Avis Fink

Social Worker
District Center
Student Support Services