What Is the Program?
Title I is a federally funded program established for the purpose of providing supplemental reading and math instruction to children. Eligible Title I schools are elementary schools (Eden Lake, Forest Hills, Oak Point, and Prairie View). No secondary school is currently eligible.
Title I services do not replace regular classroom instruction. The instructional staff works with students individually and in small groups. Students work on literacy or reading skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency).
The instructional staff works with students in individual or small groups to assist students during the classroom mathematics instruction. Students in k-6 work on number sense, problem solving, estimation, and mathematical strategies.
How Are Students Assessed?
Any student who has not met proficiency in reading or mathematics is eligible for Title I services once a school is identified as a Title I school. Assessments created by school district staff as well as state tests are used to determine this eligibility for the program.
- Oak Point Title I Parent Involvement Plan - Overview
- How Oak Point involves parents
- Assistance provided through Title I programs
An integral part of Eden Prairie's Strategic Plan is to "create partnerships with educators, students and parents to develop and utilize personal learning plans to shape instruction so that each student achieve the strategic objectives.”
Everyone gains if school and home work together to promote high achievement by our children. Neither home nor school can do the job alone. Parents play an extremely important role in a child’s education. Parental support for their children and for the school is critical to their children’s success at every step along the way. In alignment with the district strategic plan, Oak Point Elementary agrees to implement the following requirements:
Oak Point Elementary will put into operations programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents with Title I programs. Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
Oak Point Elementary will work with its parents to ensure that the required school-level Parent Involvement Plan meets the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school-parent compact.
Oak Point Elementary has incorporated the district-wide Parent Involvement Plan into its school plan.
In carrying out the Title I parent involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, Oak Point Elementary will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents of children with limited English proficiency, parents of children with disabilities and the parents of migratory children. Oak Point will also provide information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand.
If the Oak Point Elementary School’s plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit negative parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the Minnesota Department of Education.
Oak Point Elementary will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development/revision of the district parent involvement plan. Parents will be included in developing/revising the parent involvement plan through multiple avenues including The Parent Title Advisory Committee, meeting with their child’s Title and Classroom instructors, and through annual site surveys. Dates and Times for the Parent Advisory Committee (TPAC) meetings as well as the sign up/registration will be on the district website.
Parents will meet with the Title teachers during conferences where feasible, otherwise alternative arrangements will be made. Parent activity nights and/or mornings will take place during the year. Parent education classes take place at Oak Point School and/or the centralized location of the District’s Parent Education Center. Parents of Title students will be surveyed about Title programming/services in May. This information will be incorporated in the following year’s plan.
Oak Point Elementary will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
- The state’s academic content standards
- The state’s student academic achievement standard
- The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
- The requirements of Title I
- How to monitor their child’s progress
- How to work with educators
- Effective reading and Math Instruction for the K-6 student
- Addressing the child’s social and emotional needs
- The Use of Technology in the School
Oak Point Elementary will, with the involvement of parents, conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent involvement plan in improving the quality of its Title I schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parent involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the finding of the evaluation about its parent involvement plan and activities to design strategies for more effective parent involvement and to review, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) it’s parent involvement plan. The annual review will take place in May of each year, through the Title Parent Advisory Committee. This review will include discussion regarding how fund reserved for parent involvement activities will be allocated.
Eden Prairie Schools will, with the assistance of its Title I schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools. Building the capacity and understanding of the Title teachers will encourage dissemination of the information to each site’s staff, which will in turn build our capacity to work with parents as equal partners in education. Our district is committed to this work as part of its strategic plan.