Laura Estes, Ed.D.

Laura Estes, Ed.D.

Title I Coordinator

e: laura.estes@wjccschools.org
p: (757) 603-6442

Federal funds are allocated to support education in all locales of the nation.  While they do not replace local funding, they do support states’ and communities’ efforts to provide programs and staffing for local school divisions and districts.

Guidance is provided on how to manage these funds and the government monitors their use.  Additional support is made available in the form of Technical Assistance workshops on a regular basis.

With these dollars, students enjoy the continued benefit of extra expert teachers, additional instructional materials, and more intensive programs for remediation with acceleration in mind. Teachers are provided support through professional development opportunities and materials to keep them current in their area of expertise.

Our Title I Program primarily serves students through a targeted assistance model in first grade with additional instruction in reading. The goal of the program is to develop fluent readers who comprehend a wide variety of materials at their grade level. Services are 5 days per week for 30 minutes each day over and above the 90 minute classroom reading block. Instruction focuses on students’ reading needs and may include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, as well as multisensory approaches to reading instruction. Eligible students may be served through the Reading Recovery® Program, Small Guided Reading Group, or Leveled Literacy Intervention.

Reading Recovery is a research-based, short-term early intervention for first grade students having difficulty with early reading and writing. Individual students work one-to-one with a specially trained teacher for 12 to 20 weeks and receive 30-minute daily lessons.

Part-time tutors are used to provide supplemental instruction to small groups of students or one on one tutoring in kindergarten, first, or second grades with a focus on early literacy intervention.

School-wide programs utilize the same reading instructional models as Targeted Assistance schools with the potential inclusion of grades 3 -5 as well as direct instruction in small groups for students needing math intervention.

For Parental Involvement

  • We invite parents to call or meet with Title I staff members, as needed, throughout the school year and to schedule times to observe their students’ lessons, both in the classroom and in Title I reading lessons.
  • Parent Workshops are also an important component of our Title I program. Title I teachers offer these engaging, hands-on training and literacy events for students and families throughout the school year.
  • Our school division and schools have parental involvement policies, which are updated annually.
  • We invite parents to serve on the Title I Parent Advisory Committee. Each school receiving program funds has a Title I School-Parent Committee. The committee members consist of Title 1 teachers, school administrators, and parents. The committee members review and revise the school policy at the end of each school year.
  • Each Title I school has a School/Parent/Student Compact that is developed collaboratively and signed by each member. Parent informational meetings are provided at each school to help parents learn about the Title 1 services and programs offered to help their child with literacy.