Frequently Asked Title I Questions and Answers
How will students be selected for small groups?
Our goal is to help all of the Students at DT do the best that they can and to help them on their way to graduation. Our staff will meet on a regular basis to share data on students and to make decisions about how we can best help OUR students. Classroom teachers and specialists meet with the administrative team to determine which students are in the greatest need for each grade level. As a team, we will fill our slots with those students that we determine "most in need" first.
What are some ways that I can get my child more interested in reading?
-Encourage your child to choose books from the library that are about topics that
-Read TO your child when you can or partner read a book with your child (you read a page and then he/she reads a page).
-Make sure that your child is reading a book that is on their “just right” level and is not too difficult. Children will get frustrated with books that are too difficult for them.
-Allow your child to read easy books too. Books that are easy build fluency and confidence.
What are some ways that I can assess my child’s reading skill level and progress?
All Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade families receive a mCLASS Home Connect letter three times a year. This letter gives reading level information as well as ways that parents can help support their child in reading at home.
Fourth and fifth grade teachers will share the students’ reading level with parents after completing formal reading assessments at the beginning of the year. Teachers are encouraged to share ways that parents can support the students at home during parent/teacher conferences.
Could there be a schoolwide Title I funds breakdown online?
Budget questions should be directed to Lydia Hedrick. An overview of our Title I budget is presented to our School Improvement Team each year. SIT meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates are posted on our website and the community board.
Will the Title I program fund other programs like before or after school learning?
Funding before/after school learning is unlikely in the future because there are insufficient funds available to transport students to and from school at times other than the regularly scheduled arrival/dismissal times.
How can I get involved in after school events?
Check the school website for PTO meetings and family engagement events. School messenger is also used to alert parents of upcoming events.
What is DPAC and how can I get involved?
The Davidson County Title I District Parental Advisory Council provides training opportunities to empower parents to be team players in the education of children. The goals of the parent advisory council include: advocate for children and their families, network and collaborate with Title I families at the school, share information from council meetings with the school and parent community, and relay information between the school and the Title I Parent Advisory Council. Davis-Townsend’s DPAC representative for the 2018-19 school year is Summer Canovai (third grade parent). Mrs. Bumgarner, Davis-Townsend’s lead teacher, is also included on DT’s DPAC. If you are interested in being a part of DPAC for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Mrs. Lydia Hedrick. Each year we look for parent representatives to serve on DPAC, Advisory Council, our School Improvement Team, and PTO.
What kind of professional development training do specialists go through?
During the 2018-19 school year, reading specialists will attend 5 district
level professional development.
Here at Davis-Townsend, our reading specialist comes to us with many years of experience. Jill McNeal, our reading specialist, has been teaching for 25 years. She received a BS in Elementary Education and is certified to teach all subject areas in grades K-6. She is also certified to teach reading and English as a second language in grades K-12. She was Davis-Townsend’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year and was then selected as the Davidson County Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.
Are the reading specialist meetings set up by the parent or the teacher?
Parents may request a conference with the specialists or classroom teacher at any
point in the school year. The reading specialist is encouraged to attend parent conferences that are requested by the classroom teacher as much as possible in an effort to respect your time and collaborate as a parent/teacher/specialist team.
What is the student-teacher-parent compact?
It is an agreement that students, parents, and teachers sign stating that all
stakeholders understand the ways that they can support the students’ academic success throughout the school year. This form is included in each student’s agenda.