Parent’s Guide to Title 1
At Harold Martin School
The Title 1 program at Harold Martin School is a federally funded program that is designed to support academically at-risk students in the area of literacy.
How is eligibility determined?
Eligibility is determined when beginning of the year assessment results and classroom performance fall below grade level. When a child is deemed in need of Title 1 services, with the permission and support of the family, students are recommended for the program.
How are Title 1 services delivered?
Students are provided with literacy support in a variety of settings. There may be in-class support or out-of-class support in a small group or one to one setting. These settings are determined on an individual basis. Planning for the instruction is done in a collaborative model with the Title 1 teacher and classroom teacher.
Who are the Title 1 teachers?
Our Title 1 teachers are highly qualified, experienced teachers. Both have been classroom teachers and have decided to further their focus on literacy instruction. Both hold Masters level degrees in literacy education. Title 1 teachers work in collaboration with special educators, classroom teachers, and reading colleagues.
How long are children in the Title 1 program and how will I know if they have graduated?
Children are in the Title 1 program for varying lengths of time. Our goal is to help your child progress so that they are reading on grade level and their classroom performance is more independent. This occurs as different rates for different students. We make decisions on each individual student. You will always be notified of any change in your child’s programming. So, if the Title 1 teacher and classroom teacher feel that your child has made acceptable progress, you will be notified with paperwork to sign.
What assessments are done to monitor my child’s growth?
Three times per year each student at Harold Martin School is assessed in reading & writing. For reading, we use the Developmental Reading Assessment by Joetta Beaver. For writing skills, we use the Write Traits Rubric by Vicki Spandell. We also give the NWEA MAP test twice per year for both reading and math. All of these assessments, in addition to weekly running records and classroom observations, contribute to making instructional decisions and determining progress.
How can I support my child at home with literacy growth?
Books are sent home daily and/or weekly for practice reading. Please take time to sit with your child and let them show you what they know! Provide a quiet, comfortable place to read. Encourage siblings to read to one another. Here are some words and phrases that may be useful to use at home:
- Does that make sense?
- Does that sound right?
- Does tat look right?
- Do you see a smaller word in that big word? (stand)
- Try that again
- Does that word look like another word you know? (cook, look, book)
Reading Staff at HMS:
- Sally Turcotte, Reading Recovery
- Liz Cannon, Title 1 teacher
- Karen May, Title 1 teacher & Reading Specialist
- Deidre Smith, Reading Specialist & Title 1 Project Manager