What is Title 1?
Title I is the largest Federally funded program supporting academically at-risk students in public and private schools. Through Title I, the Federal government allocates funds to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district. Colonial uses its Title I funds to supplement the funds provided to schools as well as improve the achievement of all children in our schools, as well as address the social and emotional needs of students.
How are Schools Selected?
If the level of poverty in a school is above federal guidelines the school is eligible to receive Title I funds. In keeping with our commitment to early intervention and helping all students to be successful in achieving proficiency of the standards, Colonial School District implements schoolwide programs in each elementary and middle school, as well as Wallin School and William Penn High School.
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the following:
- Dr. Nick Baker, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Title 1 Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org; 302-323-2726
-Katie Gutowski, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Title 1-Family and Engagement Coordinator (Katie.Gutowski@colonial.k12.de.us; 302-323-2727)
-Gabriel Phillips, Strategic Marketing Officer (email@example.com; 302-323-2700)
How does Colonial use Title 1 funds?
School-wide programs allow for the education of all students in high poverty schools (over 40% poverty) to be supported by Title I funds. In a school-wide program, Title I is no longer a distinct program but is coordinated with other funds to drive improved achievement in the school. Funds may be used for the benefit of all children in the school. The Title I funds are spent on the strategies that are outlined in the school’s success plan(additional teachers, materials and resources, people to provide extra help, training for teachers, parent involvement activities, etc). This plan is developed by doing a comprehensive needs assessment for the school, selecting research-based strategies, and periodically evaluating the results being obtained. If the results are not quite meeting the targets, the plan is changed. Colonial has also invested resources in supporting the social and emotional needs of our students, as well as homeless children who attend our schools. Programs have been supported to ensure that all of the needs of our students are identified and met, with the goal of providing students and their families with the necessary tools to succeed academically.