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Title I
 

Title I is the largest federal assistance program.  The goal is to provide a high-quality education for every child. Title I serves the children who are furthest from meeting the state standards set for all children. Title I supplements the district’s instructional program for all students in Title I designated schools.  The Office of Federal Programs manages the compliance of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the No Child Left Behind Act programs including Title I,  Title III,Title VI, and Title I-Neglected & Delinquent.  Title I is a federal program that ensures that all children have access to quality instruction and resources that will enable them to meet state academic standards.

Each Title I Schoolwide Program has an on-site Parent Center, facilitated by a Parent Liaison. Each Title I School is required to host workshops/training for parents that focus upon the academic needs of the students. While many of these workshops/training occur during daytime hours, others are held in the evenings. Additionally, these workshops/training are repeated, based upon attendance and parent requests.

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Title III
 
Program Overview

The purposes of Title III is to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

ESOL DEPARTMENT

Jasper County has a wonderfully diverse population of English Language Learner (ELL) students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. This year over 800 students from several countries representing many cultures are enrolled in 4 JCSD public schools. 6 teachers and 1 paraprofessional provides services for these students. The students learn the English language through balanced literacy approach to language acquisition as they study not just English, but science, social studies and math.

We focus on all content areas in the ESOL curriculum. The ESOL staff is as talented and diverse as the student population they serve. The ESOL Program is also supported by Spanish Speaking Parent Liaisons who are conduits between the schools and the parents of the ESOL students. 99% of the students enrolled in the JCSD ESOL program are of Hispanic descent.

The dedicated group of JCSD ESOL teachers works with children in school, at home and after school to ensure that language skills continue to progress and that the lines of communication with parents remain open. In addition, JCSD in partnership with Adult Education is offering adult evening classes for the parents of our students and focus on establishing and maintaining positive relationships between parents, teachers and all school personnel.

Grade Levels Served:

  1. Pre-K and Kindergarten students are monitored by the ESOL Staff at both Elementary Schools.
  2. Students in grades 1 - 12 received either pull out, push in,monitored, or sheltered content services

Best Practices

It is the philosophy of the JCSD ESOL teaching staff that ELL students should learn to communicate in English in a variety of modes within a wide range of cultural settings or situations. JCSD is therefore committed to educational excellence and continuous academic achievement for all English Language Learners and promotes ESOL instruction through content learning. This empowers students to meet the rigorous demands of the South Carolina curriculum by incorporating sound methodology with a curriculum aligned to the standards to maximize student learning.

The goal of the ESOL program is for students to exit the program at a high proficiency level with the ability to understand and adapt to different cultures and become productive members of society. The current method of instruction is the pull-out model in the elementary and middle schools. Students remain in regular classes for most of the day except for the time period spent with the ESOL teacher. ESOL teachers communicate regularly with classroom teachers to plan, modify instruction, and make the appropriate accommodations for the ELL student.

At the high school level, students receive classes for credit that count as Carnegie units towards graduation. The courses are content based and integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a variety of content areas.

Linguistically and culturally ELL students face many challenges everyday in order to achieve. The role of the ESOL teacher in facilitating this process is a critical one. The successful ELL student in JCSD will be well prepared to meet the challenges of a changing technologically powered world.

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Title VI
 

Title VI - Rural Education Achievement Program

Grant funds awarded to local educational agencies as a formula grant (not competitive) shall be used for:

  • teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives;
  • teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to utilize technology to improve teaching and to train special needs teachers;
  • educational technology, including software and hardware, as described in part D of Title II;
  • parental involvement activities;
  • activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program under part A of Title IV;
  • activities authorized under part A of Title I; and
  • activities authorized under Title III.
  • Retrieved from the SCDE - Title VI Program Office.

Community members and stakeholders are asked to provide input into the writing of this plan each year.  The district conducts the planning meetings in the spring of each academic year.

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Parental Engagement
 
Parent Partner Leadership Academy

What is Parenting Partners? In a word-engagement.

Parenting Partners™ workshops combine parenting and leadership skills that empower parents to become vital contributors to their children’s academic success. The eight comprehensive workshops are presented by each school’s own trained facilitator team multiple times year-round, in English and Spanish, creating a sustainable source of parent leaders.

Workshop topics:

1.     Positive Parenting

2.     Creating Confident Kids

3.     Communication That Works

4.     Creating Structure for Achievement

5.     Discipline: Practice for Success

6.     What Children and Teens Need to Succeed

7.     Parents Engaged for Academic Success

8.     Graduation

We Both Read/ Read with Me

We Both Read (Elementary): Follow link to a PowerPoint overview

Read with Me (Middle School):  Students and parents are provided a copy of the same book to read together.  Parents are given strategies and questions to spark discussions before, during, and after reading.

Incentives are offered to participants in both programs to encourage students to read more and foster a love for books.

Study Buddy

Follow link to training presentation for an overview.  Devices can be checked-out by parents for use at home.  Visit the Parenting Center at your child’s school for further information.

 

Parent Parties

What are Parent Parties?

Parent Parties create a fun and relaxed environment to present parent education and to promote parent involvement by using numerous games and activities. These resources are created by and made available through Second Mile Parent Initiative, a non-profit organization working to increase parent involvement and education in schools and communities.

Topics presented are:

·        EGG-cellent Parenting: this game uses the egg and spoon relay to determine egg-cellent parenting skills. This session compares parenting styles to eggs. Ex. Are you fried or scrambled, hard-boiled, over-easy or sunny side up?

·        a game that provides good reminders by asking important parenting questions to encourage and equip their child in preparation for a test. Ex. Do you make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast and gets to school on time?

a communication game encouraging parents to share heart-to-heart as they discuss how they would handle different parenting situations. Do these situations give you a Heart Attack or make your Heart Throb?

·        an interactive game where parents discover the importance of reading. This game shares statistics and valuable insight to motivate parents to become more engaged in building a solid reading foundation for their children.

·        an interactive game that shares fun educational ideas that families can do to keep their children on academic track during a school break. This is a motivational game to play before the holiday season or summer vacation.

·        a hands-on activity for incorporating math and reading skills while preparing food with your child. This demonstration of preparing a tasty after-school snack gives parents educational ideas to use with their children at home.

·        a role-playing activity designed to demonstrate effective and ineffective parent/teacher conference behavior. A team member role-plays a conference situation with a teacher or school representative.

·        a game created to use all year to increase involvement. Parents tally points for reading with their child, attending conferences, and any school participation. The parent scoring the most points is awarded "Parent of the Month".

·        an interactive game that kicks off the school year to increase parent involvement and get their children off to a good start. You may choose from a discussion format or an active relay that ends with the cheer, "Go Parents!"

·        Another parenting group game that encourages parents to read to and assist their children with reading at home.

·        The discussion of many reading facts works into a surprise ending when the winners verify that children have to “Read to Achieve” student success.

·        A conversation game encouraging parents to share heart-to-heart as they discuss how they would handle different parenting situations.

·        Do these situations give you a Heart Attack or make your Heart Throb? Play and find out.

·        An interactive game played in a group setting to promote important parenting information and share discussion within the group.

·        This is a lively game played with music and a “beat the timer” approach to sharing parenting information.

·        Some parenting information discussed includes preparing your child for school, encouraging your children

 

FREE Book Fair

Mid-year and before summer vacation, all elementary and middle school students participate in a Free Books Fair.  During this event, students select 3 to 5 books to encourage reading outside of school and add to their personal library.