Federal Programs

Title I-A

Improving Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Children

Title I Part A is a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This act provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies and public schools with high numbers or percentages of economically disadvantaged children. The funds are used to support the learning and academic success of at-risk students in core content areas (language arts, math, science and social studies) and to develop and implement strategies to promote parent involvement. All schools in Dalton Public Schools are eligible to benefit from these federal funds.

Under Title I, local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to provide services for eligible private school students, as well as eligible public school students. These services must be developed in consultation with officials of the private schools. The Title I services provided by the LEA for private school participants are designed to meet their educational needs and supplement the educational services provided by the private school.

As a part of Title I, the Parent Engagement Program at the Georgia Department of Education is focused on working with our partners in local school districts and the community to provide parents with the best opportunity and resources to help their child succeed in school. The goal of the Parent Engagement Program is to increase student achievement by engaging and empowering parents, and other stakeholders, to become actively involved in their children’s education across all grade levels.

Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy Information can be found to the right.

To download this information in Spanish click here: Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy Spanish

For more information about Title I, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website here.

For more information about the Parent Engagement Program, please visit here.

DPS contact:
Laura Orr
Third Floor, City Hall
300 W. Waugh St.
Dalton, GA 30722-1408
(706) 876-4026

DPS Family Engagement Plan

2018-19
Revised July 31, 2018

What Is Family Engagement?

Family Engagement means the participation of parents and family members in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

(A) That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.

(B) That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education.

(C) That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.

(D) The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA.

About the Policy

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, the Dalton Public Schools (DPS) has developed this parent and family engagement policy that establishes the district’s expectations and objectives for meaningful family engagement and guides the strategies and resources that strengthen school and parent partnerships in the district’s Title I schools. This plan will describe DPS’s commitment to engage families in the education of their children and to build the capacity in its Title I schools to implement family engagement strategies and activities designed to achieve the district and student academic achievement goals.

When schools, families, and communities work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and enjoy school more. Title I, Part A provides for substantive family engagement at every level of the program, such as in the development and implementation of the district and school plan, and in carrying out the district and school improvement provisions. Section 1116 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains the primary Title I, Part A requirements for schools and school systems to involve parents and family members in their children’s education. Consistent with Section 1116, DPS will work with Title I schools to ensure that the required school-level parent and family engagement policies meet the requirements of Section 1116(b) and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with Section 1116(d) of the ESSA.

Jointly Developed

The Dalton Public Schools will take the following actions to involve parents and family members in jointly developing its LEA plan under Section 1112, and the development of support and improvement plans under paragraphs (1) and (2) of Section 1111(d) of the ESEA:

Dalton Public Schools parents will be involved in the joint development and distribution of the Title I Plan and Parent Involvement Policy through the use of parent surveys, committee memberships, school wide planning teams, school councils, and participation on Federal Programs Parent Involvement Advisory Group, and PTA/PTO committees.

Technical Assistance

The Dalton Public Schools will provide the following coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist and build capacity of all Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance, which may include meaningful consultation with employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations, or individuals with expertise in effectively engaging parents and family members in education:

Title I schools will be provided with the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist in planning and implementing effective parent involvement. Title I funds will be set aside to provide monetary support to all Title I schools for effective parent involvement activities, workshops, and support. Title I works in collaboration with other parenting programs that exist in the school district to provide information and resources to assist parents in ways to help their children achieve at a higher level in school.

Reservation of Funds

The Dalton Public Schools will involve the parents and family members of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent and will ensure that not less than 90 percent of the 1 percent reserved goes directly to Title I schools.

Parental input concerning parenting activities and school improvements will be welcomed. Parents will serve on the school council of each Title I school and on the district Federal Programs Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (FPPAC). Schools will be allocated funds for parent involvement. Schools will keep minutes with all parent comments included.

Coordination of Services

The Dalton Public Schools will coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies with parent and family engagement strategies, to the extent feasible and appropriate, with other relevant Federal, State, and local laws and programs: Head Start, Georgia Pre-K, Little Cats, PTA/PTO that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:

Title I schools offer a wide variety of programs designed to improve parent involvement. Parent committees, PTA/PTO and school committees work toward increasing parent involvement. Parent involvement strategies are included in individual school Title I plans, AdvancED, and FLP plans.

All Dalton Public Schools PK-5 schools offer state funded Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Programs. Some offer Head Start. All provide parenting workshops which are organized collaboratively with Title I, EIP, Migrant and ELL when feasible.

Little Cats is a district initiative to assist parents in working with their preschool age (3 and 4 year olds) on basic literacy and math skills to be ready to transition into Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. Children and their parents attend Little Cats classes together to

build both child and parent capacity to successfully transition to the school setting and increase the probability of school success in the very earliest grades.

Building Capacity

The Dalton Public Schools will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong family engagement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and family members and to support a partnership among the Title I schools, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following district-wide activities and programs.

Of Parents - DPS will, with the assistance of its Title I schools, build parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement by providing materials and training on such topics as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy) to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement. Assistance will also be provided to parents in understanding the following topics: The challenging State academic standards, the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments, the requirements of Title I, Part A, how to monitor their child’s progress, how to work with educators using the following opportunities:

  • Parent Resource Center Individual schools provide parents with resources through informational centers and resource rooms
  • Parental informational training (introduction to school system, parent/ teacher conferences, grading system, standardized testing, student learning objectives, opening parent portal accounts, academic resources in school and online, school programs, school involvement, support of students at home, health and hygiene, discipline, children safety, gang and social issues, college, nutrition)
  • After school homework help for at risk students- (based on recommendations of teachers)
  • Little Cats initiative to assist parents in working with their preschool age (3 and 4 year olds) on basic literacy and math skills to be ready to transition into PreK and Kindergarten programs
  • Electronic devices, books and tapes in English and other languages of students represented in the system for students to use there and take home.
  • Liaisons between schools and parents- Parent Involvement Coordinators for Title I, Title III, Migrant, Pre-K, Special Education, Parent Mentor, Transition Coach (HS), and School Social Workers
  • Community fair- partner with community agencies
  • District partnerships: Federal Programs (Title I, Migrant, Homeless, Title III, ESS), Bright from the Start, School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Committees
  • Community partnership: Dalton State College, North GA Healthcare Partnership, CLILA, Promotoras de Salud, Family Support Council, Faith-based organizations/churches and other organizations
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are offered, either scheduled or as requested, to share information with parents about their child’s academic progress, progress reports and report cards, standardized test results and interpretation and curriculum/resources. Other information such as behavior records may be shared as necessary.

Of School Staff - The Dalton Public Schools will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and schools by:

The district employs a Title I, Title III, and a Migrant family engagement coordinator. Additionally, there are 3 other coordinators at school sites and a Pre-K family engagement coordinator. All of these build capacity for staff to understand the value of and utility of contributions of parents, how to reach out and communicate with parents, and how to partner with parents, implement and coordinate parent programs and build parental ties with schools. Presentations on cultural awareness, working with students of poverty, and parent conference training are part of the new teacher induction process.

The district regularly sends a team of people to the GaDOE sponsored Parent Engagement Conference. The team (approx. 20 people in FY18) consists of district and school administrators, coordinators, counselors, social workers, and teachers). The team then redelivers information within the district and online through the district’s online learning management system, Canvas. Some other ways capacity is built including information shared at staff meetings and assistance with parent conferences.

An online Parent Engagement Course has been set up in the district’s online learning management system, Canvas. Resources for supporting parent involvement are posted there including: DOE webinars, DOE templates, guidance documents, shared resources, and links to resources.

Evaluation

The Dalton Public Schools will take the following actions to conduct, with the meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The evaluation will also include identifying the needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with school personnel and teachers and strategies to support successful school and family interactions. The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parent and family engagement policy to design evidence-based strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, its parent and family engagement policies.

Schools will annually survey parents to ascertain the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Parent Involvement Policy. Areas to be evaluated will include identifying barriers to parent participation such as low income, disabilities, limited literacy, LEP or other racial or ethnic considerations. The findings of this evaluation will be used for school improvement and reviewing and revising the parent involvement policy each year.

Accessibility

In carrying out the parent and family engagement requirements established by Section 1116 of the ESSA, the district family engagement coordinator will communicate and collaborate with the Office for Student Support Services to ensure full opportunities for participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, neglected and delinquent residential facilities in its school attendance area, and parents of migratory children including providing information and school reports in a language parents can understand.

Mark Your Calendar:

Parents

Parent Advisory Team with the Superintendent - September 25, November 27, February 26 and April 30

State of the District - August 9 at Dalton High School and August 30 at Trinity Methodist Church

For Schools

Welcoming Schools Training - July 26-27, 2018: New Teacher Induction at Dalton Middle School

Title 1 Annual School Meetings - August 2018, Please consult DPS school calendar for specific school meeting dates

Adoption

This LEA parent and family engagement policy has been developed jointly and agreed on with parents and family members of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by Laura Orr, Federal Programs Director.

This policy was adopted by the Dalton Public Schools on 07/31/2018 and will be in effect for the period of the 2018-2019 school year. The school district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before September 1, 2018.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

The purpose of Georgia’s Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to provide federal funds for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours and serve three specific purposes:
  • To provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services to help students
  • To offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program; and
  • To offer families of 21st CCLC students opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children's education.

Title I-C

Migrant Education Program (MEP)

The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is authorized by Part C of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). The MEP provides formula grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to establish and improve education programs for migratory children. These grants assist States in improving educational opportunities for migratory children to help them succeed in the regular school program, meet the same State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet, and graduate from high school.

The general purpose of the MEP is to ensure that migratory children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this purpose, the MEP helps SEAs and local operating agencies address the special educational needs of migratory children to better enable migratory children to succeed academically. More specifically, the purposes of the MEP are to:

  • Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children in order to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from repeated moves;
  • Ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduation requirements, and State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
  • Ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet;
  • Design programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school, and to prepare them to make a successful transition to post-secondary education or employment; and
  • Ensure that migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.

For more information about Title I-C, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website here.

DPS contact:
Caroline Woodason
Title IIA Coordinator
Third Floor, City Hall
300 W. Waugh St.
Dalton, GA 30722-1408
(706) 876-4018

Title IIA Program Information

Title IIA falls under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, which re-authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

The purpose of the Title II, Part A grant is:

  • to increase student achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards,
  • to improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders,
  • to increase the number of teachers, principals and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools, and
  • to provide low-income and monitory student greater access to effective of teachers, principals and other school leaders.

Federal guidelines and restrictions require that Title IIA funds may only be spent for qualifying reasons according to the purpose of the grant. Dalton Public Schools received $188,101 in FY17 and will receive $176,320 in FY18.

All 8,000 students enrolled in Dalton Public Schools receive benefit through Title IIA dollars because these funds support recruitment and professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators.

The funding priorities for FY18 are professional development for teachers and district staff, retention of highly qualified teachers, support for teachers to add certification endorsement fields in ELL and Gifted through coursework, assistance to paraprofessionals to meet professional learning requirements, and support for teachers to add certification fields in areas of interest to increase staffing flexibility.

See the district's Equity Action Implementation Priorities here.

For more information about Title II, Part A, you may review program information on the Georgia Department of Education Title II, Part A resource page.

DPS contact:
Caroline Woodason
Title IIA Coordinator
Third Floor, City Hall
300 W. Waugh St.
Dalton, GA 30722-1408
(706) 876-4018

ESOL, Title III

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, § 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). The ESOL program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing academic and social language proficiency. ESOL coursework is based upon the WIDA Consortium English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards. Classroom teachers integrate these ELD standards with the Georgia Performance Standards to enable ELs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency. Instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the needs of Georgia’s ELs are accommodated. To the extent practicable, it is appropriate to use the EL’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing parents with school-related information.

Title III is a federally-funded program that provides eligible Local Education Agencies with funding to supplement those ESOL services already in place. School districts with large EL populations receive direct Title III allocations, while school districts with lower incidence populations are grouped into the “Georgia Title III Consortium”. The Title III Consortium allows these “low-incidence” districts to access Title III funds typically available only to districts with greater numbers of ELs. Both ESOL and Title III hold students accountable for progress in, and attainment of, English language proficiency. Upon attainment of English language proficiency, students exit from supplemental language services.

For more information about ESOL/Title III, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website here.

DPS contact:
Caroline Woodason
Title IIA Coordinator
Third Floor, City Hall
300 W. Waugh St.
Dalton, GA 30722-1408
(706) 876-4018

Title X, Part C

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.

Homeless children and youth must have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment.

States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.

For more information about Title X, Part C, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website here.

DPS contact:
Jackie Taylor
Social Worker
(706) 876-4506