Student, School, and Family Support Services

 

The Title I Office will now be called Student, School, and Family Support Services.  We support students, schools, and families around math and reading readiness, family engagement, out-of-school time (after-school) programs, and summer learning.  We also provide services and resources for youth that are at-risk, neglected, delinquent, homeless, migrant, or in foster care.

 We manage these federal grant funds: Title I Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Title I Part D: Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; Reading, Achievement, Math, and School Culture; McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance; and CARES Act.

 Title I Part A is a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Title I Part A resources are distributed to schools where needs are the greatest, in amounts sufficient to make a difference in the improvement of instruction. The distribution of Title I Part A funds is based upon the number of students in each school who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

FMS has twelve "schoolwide" Title I Part A schools to include eight elementaries and four middle schools. Title I Part A provides each of these schools with highly trained Title I Part A teachers and instructional facilitators to support reading and math within the schoolwide program. A schoolwide program allows schools to address specific educational needs of the entire school and enables schools to combine Title I Part A funds with other federal, state, and local programs. Title I Part A also provides professional development and training to administrators and teachers in research-based best practices in education. 

Parent and Family Engagement is one of our department's most critical focus areas. We provide multiple parent and family engagement opportunities throughout the district with specific expectations for our schools related to involving parents in their child's education. These provisions reflect good practice in engaging families in helping to educate their children, because students do better when parents are actively involved in the education process, both at home and at school. 

Parent and Family Engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.