Title I is a grant program authorized through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The purpose of Title I is to provide supplemental resources to economically disadvantaged schools to support the achievement of their students. Contact your child's school today to find out how Title I funds are used to provide additional support to increase student achievement!
Title I Distinguished Schools
Each year the National Association of State Title I Directors (NASTID) recognizes Title I Distinguished Schools from all fifty states and Puerto Rico that have been selected for their outstanding results in one of two categories: (1) exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years or (2) closing the achievement gap between student groups. Each state may nominate up to two of its Title I schools that have risen above obstacles of poverty to improving learning for its most vulnerable students.
For the past three years, Baltimore County Title I schools have been the recipients of the Title I Distinguished Schools award. Those schools are as follows:
2009-2010 Chadwick Elementary School (exceptional student performance)
2010-2011 Milbrook Elementary School (closing the achievement gap)
2011-2012 Sandalwood Elementary School (closing the achievement gap)
Reward Schools are recognized in two categories: those Title I schools that have been the highest performing or those Title I schools that have shown the highest amount of progress over a period of time on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA). There are four categories of Reward Schools, and the Baltimore County Title I schools that have been recognized in all the categories are as follows:
Highest Performing Title I Reward Schools
Distinguished Highest Performing Title I Reward Schools
Superlative Highest Performing Title I Reward School
High Progress Title I Schools
Title I Service Model
The Office of Title I will support the effective and compliant use of federal funds to increase student achievement. In conjunction with the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, the differentiated Title I service model will support Title I schools through data drive job-embedded professional development (PD) and cluster professional development opportunities for school-based resource teachers. The Title I service model is designed to support low performing schools with addressing the achievement gap between subgroups and all students as well as build teacher capacity to implement effective instructional strategies.
Resource Teachers (Title I Academic Coach and Title I Gap Reduction Coach): Provide effective, substantive, and differentiated professional development and instructional support for teachers in Title I schools, using a data-driven decision-making process.
BCPS Mandatory ESEA Programs
Title I provides funding for tutoring in reading and mathematics to academically needy students attending eligible private schools in Baltimore County. Consultation between private school officials and the BCPS Title I office occurs on a regular basis to implement the most effective program. Program effectiveness is determined annually using the results of students’ performance on milestone assessments.
The Title I office provides funds to the Good Shepherd Center, Children’s Home, Board of Child Care, and Villa Maria. These institutions use Title I funds for public school liaison positions that serve as school advocates for the children residing in the institutions, tutoring services, instructional supplies, in-home interventions, therapeutic mentors, and summer programs.
Title I funds support a liaison to coordinate the district’s program for homeless students. Also, McKinney Vento funds support the Homeless Program in BCPS.
Office of Title I Staff
|Felicia Lanham Tarason, Director
Mary Dagen, Supervisor
Michele Stansbury, Supervisor
Vacant, Evaluation Specialist
Ed Cornish, Specialist
Katie Filling, Specialist
Heather Insley, Specialist
Joshua Parker, Middle School Gap Reduction Specialist
Vacant, Mandatory Program Specialist
Hope McGuire, Academic Coach
Linda Miller, Academic Coach
|Tunia Jackson, Academic Coach
Susan Cunfer, Academic Coach
Jodi Lavin, Gap Reduction Coach
Lisa Smith, Gap Reduction Coach
Gary Smith, Accountant II
Ernestine Jones, Fiscal Assistant III
Sue Byer, Fiscal Assistant III
Debbie Simms, Fiscal Assistant III
Kimberly Ward, Fiscal Assistant III
Jennifer Stiffler, Administrative Secretary
Rae Eberwine, Clerk