D49's CLDE Department hosted an E-Learning Parent Academy on August 20, 2021 for parents in the Falcon Zone. The team also hosted a Parent Academy in both the Power Zone and Sand Creek Zone as well in order to assist parents with supporting their child during remote learning.
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I, Part A is the largest federal program supporting both elementary and secondary education. The program's resources are allocated based upon the poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts and are designed to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. In 2020-2021, District 49’s identified Title I schools include:
- Evans Elementary School
- Falcon Elementary School of Technology
- Odyssey Elementary School
- Remington Elementary School
- Horizon Middle School
Parent & Community Notification
Each school served under Title I must notify parents of its written parental involvement policy in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, provide notice and the policy in a language the parents can understand. In addition, each school must make its written parental involvement policy available to the local community. (Department of Education, Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A)
Education of Migratory Children
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) supports students to reach high standards of academic achievement and is the level of interstate cooperation through the transfer of migrant students' education and health records. This high priority activity helps assure that migrant students are placed appropriately when they enroll in a new school. Their teachers are able to meet their needs and valuable time is not wasted. In addition, secondary students benefit significantly since the transfer of credits and/or partial credits assists them in meeting graduation requirements. The dropout rate among migrant students is high because of the frustration and hopelessness these students encounter when schools are not able to meet their academic needs.
The McKinney-Vento Act was enacted to address the numerous barriers homeless children face in obtaining a free, appropriate public education.
The program was originally authorized in 1987 and, most recently, reauthorized as within the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness including:
- The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
- The right to attend school in his/her school of origin, if in the child or youth’s best interest, or if the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
- The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent or unaccompanied youth.
- The right to services comparable to those received by household schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
- The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student's status as homeless is strictly prohibited.
- The posting of homeless students’ rights in all schools and other places around the community.
High Quality Teachers and Principals
Title II, Part A is intended to increase student academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This includes increasing the number of Highly Qualified teachers in classrooms, improving the skills of principals and assistant principals in schools, and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals.
Allowable Title II activities include:
- Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Highly Qualified Teachers and Principals
- Programs and activities designed to improve the quality of the teaching force
- Teacher advancement initiatives that emphasize multiple career paths and pay differentiation.
- Professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers, principals and superintendents
Supports for English Learners
Title III is a supplemental grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that is designed to improve and enhance the education of English learners (ELs) in becoming proficient in English, as well as meeting the Colorado Academic standards. The Title III Immigrant Set-Aside grant resides within this program and provides opportunities for districts to enhance the instructional opportunities for immigrant students and their families.