Title I, Part C - Education of Migratory Children
Title IIA - Teacher Quality
Title III - Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Title X, Part C - McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and You
The Title I program originated as part of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965. Title I is designed to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students through additional financial assistance to school districts. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing. A school wide Title I program can provide benefits to all students and is not just limited to those students who are considered to be economically disadvantaged educationally at-risk. Trion Elementary is our system's only school wide Title I school.
Title I Reward School
Trion Elementary was recently recognized as a 2019 Title I Reward School and Highest Performing School. This reward was based on Georgia Milestones scores for Reading, ELA, and math and was given to top 5% of Title I schools in the state. Since 2009, Trion Elementary has been designated as a Title I Distinguished School. During 2013, Trion Elementary was also recognized as the 2013 Title I Extra-Small District Reward School. The Title I Reward District is given to the district in the State that has the highest absolute performance over a number of years for all students groups and all subgroups based on state wide assessments. Congratulations to all the students, teachers, administrators, and parents on these accomplishments. It takes everyone working together to achieve such high recognition.
Title I Funds
At Trion Elementary School, the supplemental funding has enabled us to have additional paraprofessionals to work with students, provide supplementary learning materials, and employ a Family Engagement Specialist to carry out the additional requirements for parent and family activities required for all School-Wide Title I schools. Each School-wide Title I school must carry out a comprehensive needs assessment to identify areas of greatest need. Then, school-wide strategies (based on identified needs) must be developed that:
1. Strengthen the core academic program
2. Increase the amount and quality of learning time
3. Use strategies for meeting the needs of underserved students
4. Address needs of all students, but particularly low-achieving students
5. Provide instruction by “highly-qualified” teachers
6. Provide any professional learning for teachers that is needed to help them meet low-achieving students’ needs
Professional learning is the means by which teachers, administrators, and other school/system personnel acquire, enhance, and refine the knowledge, skills, and commitment necessary to create and support high levels of learning for all students. In accordance with State Board of Education rule, Trion City Schools has appointed a Professional Learning Advisory Committee to advise and assist the system coordinator in the assessment of professional learning needs, determination of priorities, content and quality of activities, and evaluation of the professional learning program.
Trion City Schools Professional Learning Advisory Committee
Phil Williams, Superintendent
Angie Bowman, System Professional Learning Director
Jessica Bramlett, Special Education Director
Howard Hughes, Technology Director
Beth Pelham, TES Principal
Jason Pelham, TMS Principal
Bryan Edge, THS Principal
The task of the Professional Learning Advisory Committee is to represent each school in the development and evaluation of the system professional learning program and to provide information to school faculty and leadership regarding:
Inclusion of professional learning in school accountability plan
Planning of professional learning activities
Managing professional learning approval
Working together as a professional learning community
Federal guidelines and restrictions require that Title IIA funds may only be spent for qualifying reasons which are to prepare, recruit, train, and retain “highly effective” teachers and paraprofessionals. All students at TCS receive benefit through Title IIA dollars because these funds support recruitment and professional learning for teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators. Funding priorities for professional learning are identified yearly through the Annual Needs Assessment that is administered in the spring of each school year.
The emphasis for the federal Title IIA grant program is to prepare, recruit, train, and retain “highly effective” teachers in the nation’s public schools. Title IIA legislation focuses on training and recruiting “highly-effective” teachers and principals to teach core academic subjects. All parents of students in Trion City Schools have a right to know whether their child’s teacher(s) or paraprofessional(s) is highly-effective.
The information that you may request includes:
1) Whether the teacher meets the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification of the grade level and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction;
2) Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
3) The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and
4) Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualification.
Parents may contact their child’s principal or the district’s Title IIA director for this information.