Title I at Excellence in Leadership Academy EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY is a school wide Title I campus. We are committed to the goal of providing a quality education for every student and recognizes that some students may need the extra assistance available through the Title I Program. Title I is a federally funded program designed to improve educational opportunities by providing aid to elementary and secondary education. The intent of Title I is to expand learning opportunities while supplementing basic skills instruction in reading and math. This program serves students who need to improve their reading and/or math skills. The goals of the Title I program are to:
• Develop positive attitudes toward reading/language arts and math • Individualize reading/language arts and math instruction according to student needs • Increase reading/language arts and math achievement • Increase student self-esteem • Involve children with parent(s) in reading/language arts and math activities at school and at home
Title I monies are used to provide academic services to children who have been identified by the school as failing or most at-risk of failing to meet the State's student achievement standards. The Title I program is designed to reach as many students as possible providing them with the opportunities and support needed to achieve higher standards of performance within the classroom. Individual or small group help is provided to students who are “struggling” with grade level material. Title I services must provide instruction that will enable the students to reach proficiency.
Highly Qualified Staff The Title I staff has met and/or exceeded the criteria set by the State of Texas for highly qualified teachers.
Parents Right to Know According to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), parents have the right to know the professional qualifications of his/her child’s teacher(s).
• Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction. • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived. • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree. • Whether their child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Please contact the school’s Principal for this information, if you so desire.
Parental Involvement Policy Statement of Purpose Research shows that greater parental involvement leads to greater student achievement irrespective of such factors of socioeconomic status or ethnic background. The most accurate predictor of student academic achievement is the ability of the student’s family to create a home environment that encourages learning; to communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for achievement; and
to become involved in the student’s education. -Alan Blankstein, Failure Is Not an Option (2004) EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY believes education requires a partnership between the home and school because of the extremely important role a parent plays in the educational success of their child. As such, this Parental Involvement Policy has been established to promote parental involvement within the school.
EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY believes that activities to increase family involvement are a vital part of the Title I Program; therefore, EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY shall provide parents an opportunity to design, implement, evaluate, and suggest changes to improve the program. Components of the Title I Program include: parental notification, parental in-service, student program reports, parent-teacher conferences, parent visitation, parent advisory committees, meetings, announcements, and policy dissemination.
Types of Parental Involvement Parents can become involved with their child’s education in many ways. EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY values the at-home contributions and those that take place at school. Reading to students at home, helping with homework, signing and returning school notes, and discussing the day’s activities over the dinner table are as important as volunteering at school. EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY will work to assist parents in understanding the academic standards and assessments, help parents work with their child(ren) to raise achievement, and plan activities throughout the year for families.
Parents are also encouraged to attend Parent Trainings and to participate as a Parent Volunteer. Please keep in mind that this is a school environment of excellence and leadership. Appropriate dress and behavior by Parents and Visitors is expected at school and school-sponsored activities.
Notification of Progress Student academic progress will be monitored, and written notification will be provided to parents on a six weeks’ basis, through the use of progress reports and report cards. EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY teachers are also available for consultation during scheduled parentteacher conferences. Parents are encouraged to talk to the Title I staff if they have concerns about their child’s progress or the Title I program.
Evaluation of the Title I Program Parents of students participating in the Title I program will have the opportunity to evaluate the Title I program. This evaluation will include a section pertaining to the effectiveness of the parental involvement policy, areas of strengths and weaknesses, and barriers to be overcome. The Title I staff, with the help of parents, will use this information to evaluate the program and to make changes within the program as needed.
Other Important Information for Parents of Students with Disabilities Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the person listed below to learn about EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY’S overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links student to a variety of support options, including
referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students including a process based on Response to Intervention. The implementation of Response to Intervention has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of school districts to meet the needs of all struggling students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a reasonable amount of time, EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY must decide if the evaluation is needed. If the evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide informed written consent for the evaluation. EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY must complete the evaluation and the report within 45 school days of the date EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY receives the written consent. EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY must give a copy of the report to the parent.
If EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY determines that the evaluation is not needed, EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY will provide the parent with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parent of his or her rights if the parent disagrees with EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards—Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.
The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for Special Education services is Ana F. Avila at (956) 424-9504. You may also contact the school counselor.
Again, this handbook is provided to you and your child(ren) in an effort to encourage your participation in your child’s education and to optimize the learning experiences of your child. Thank you for the trust you place in EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY for the overall education of your child. We look forward to working collaboratively with you this school year to meet the academic goals for your child while developing his/her leadership potential to the maximum extent.
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