Office of Federal and Special Programs/Title I
|Lynn Howard, Director|
The Department of Federal and Special Programs coordinates
several compensatory education programs mandated by federal
and state law. Title I is a federally funded, supplemental program
designed to assist K-12 learners who are educationally
disadvantaged. The purpose of Title I is to support students who are failing or at-risk of failing to meet state standards. This is accomplished by ensuring high standards for all; increasing quality instructional time; improving instruction through staff development; enhancing parent participation in the educational process; expanding educational resources; and strengthening accountability. The office also coordinates the state funded Early Intervention Program (EIP), which provides additional instructional resources to help targeted elementary students reach grade level performance in the shortest possible time.
Title I Program
Title I is a federal program that provides funds to schools and districts based upon the percentage of students qualifying to receive free or reduced price (school) meals. The purpose is to ensure that all children have access to quality instruction and resources that will enable them to meet state academic standards.
There are 55 schools operating Title I Programs in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Of these, 37 are elementary schools, 10 are middle schools, and eight are high schools. Each Title I Schoolwide Program has an on-site Parent Center, facilitated by a certified teacher, known as the Parent Instructional Support Coordinator (PISC). Many schools also have a Parent Outreach Liaison, who is bi-lingual (English-Spanish).
Each Title I School is required to host workshops/trainings for parents that focus upon the academic needs of the students. While many of these workshops/trainings occur during daytime hours, others are held in the evenings. Additionally, these workshops/trainings are repeated, based upon attendance and parent requests. Interpreters (for Spanish speaking parents) and childcare are often available.
For additional information, please refer to Section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) or the United States Department of Education web site.