What is Title 1?
Title 1 funding first began under President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 as part of the Great Society Program. The purpose of Title 1 is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Title 1 is now the largest federally funded program. The funds provide schools with additional staff, additional leveled books for our kids, staff training, supplemental materials for teachers and parent involvement.
How do Fairview students benefit?
Fairview is a school-wide Title 1 program where all students can benefit from the funds. The goal is that all students read proficiently at grade level. The Title 1 staff is comprised of one Title 1 teacher and teacher assistants who conduct small group reading lessons in grades K-5 based on their needed skills. This way, teachers work cooperatively to teach and students learn at their own levels and progress with the direct instruction.
In Kindergarten, the lessons are focused on print awareness and letter identification and phonics as well as the first steps in decoding and reading. In first grade students further their knowledge in phonics and decoding. In second grade students begin to advance their skills to reading fluently and comprehending their reading. Grades three through five work on comprehension through the use of thinking maps, connections and higher order thinking skills.
In all grade levels, students are involved in Launch lessons. Our groups work directly with books and use various senses each day to expand their skills.