Title I

WHAT IS TITLE I?:  Title I is a federally-funded program designed to provide a high-quality education that will enable all children to meet the state’s student performance standard. Title I is a part of the “No Child Left Behind Act” passed by Congress in 2002. Title I programs can provide supplemental instruction in reading, math, science and social studies. These programs use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research. A school is selected as a Title I school on the basis of the number of students within its boundaries who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter School is dedicated to providing a quality education for every student in our School. Since Philadelphia E&T uses School-Wide Title I Programs, all students benefit from these services. Philadelphia E&T believes that a positive link between home and school create the best learning situations for all students. To accomplish this objective, Philadelphia E&T develops and maintains partnerships with parents / caregivers, patrons, and community members. These open communication lines expand and enhance learning opportunities for everyone involved. All students are expected to work toward mastering the Pennsylvania State Academic Standards for their grade level. Philadelphia E&T recognizes the fact that some students will need extra assistance to achieve their full potential. The extra assistance is available through the Title I program and various other educational services offered through the school. Philadelphia E&T includes parents and guardians in all aspects of the Title I program. Students will be given every opportunity for success through the development and enhancement of the home/school partnership.

 TITLE I PROGRAM: The school has a Title I School-Wide Plan that describes the school’s immediate needs and the programs being put in place to address those needs. Data is gathered and analyzed and goals are set for the coming year. This School-Wide Plan is evaluated annually to determine its success and to make changes to the plan as needed.

 PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: Parents, members of the community, and school staff meet to discuss the design, implementation, and effectiveness of the Title I program regularly. Representatives from each school's parent leadership group review and update the school's Title I School-Wide Plan annually. Surveys are sent home to all parents annually about the effectiveness of the program. The school will involve parents in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the school.

ANNUAL MEETING FOR TITLE I Guardians: Philadelphia E&T holds at least one meeting annually to review Title I Policy and services offered through the school. Copies of the school’s current Parent Involvement Policy are distributed both before and at the meeting. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the revising and updating the Policy as necessary. The meeting is held each September in conjunction with Back To School Night. Notice of the meeting is on the published school calendar and is provided through written invitations to parents / caregivers. Translators are available to help with Non-English speaking parents / caregivers.

 PARENT, STUDENT AND SCHOOL COMPACTS: In accordance with Title I regulations, the Parent, Student and School Compact is annually updated. This compact provides an outline to enable the school and parents / caregivers to share responsibility for student performance and success. This compact explains how students, parents / caregivers, and staff share responsibility for promoting student achievement. The compacts are designed so that both the student and his/her parents sign this compact. Students and parents are encouraged to discuss the contents of the compact; they are also encouraged to sign that they are in agreement with the compact and return them to the school.
PARENT ACTIVITIES:  Back to School Night – September.  Parent Teacher Conferences – Twice a year, parents meet with their children’s teachers to review report cards, and discuss their child’s academic progress. College and Career Preparation Meetings. Neighborhood Meetings – CEO goes to Local communities to make parental access easier in order to review feedback.

Philadelphia E&T provides numerous opportunities for parental involvement as it strives to develop and maintain an optimum learning environment for all students: Parents may contribute by creating a supportive home environment. Parents are encouraged to participate in parent-teacher conferences. Parents are encouraged to attend school meetings and student programs. Parents may contribute through volunteer programs. Parents are surveyed to get input about the Title I program. Parents are invited to visit the school. Translators and translation services will be provided for parents when needed upon request. 

TITLE I COMMUNICATION: Back To School Night Title I Presentation - September. Parent, Student and School Compacts – Handbooks. Progress Reports sent half-way through quarter. Report Cards sent Quarterly. PowerSchool Parent Access Portals/Instructional Nights. Fall Parent Teacher Conferences - November. Winter Parent Teacher Conferences - February. Neighborhood Meetings -2 Times Per Year. College/Career Nights-4 Times Per Year

 STAFF AND PARENT COMMUNICATION: Families are informed of school activities through various avenues of communication throughout the school year. They are consulted in the design, development and implementation of the Title I program. Newsletters, teacher notes, conferences, personal contacts, phone calls and written notices are used to establish and maintain open lines of communication with parents / caregivers. Staff maintains a record of parent contacts throughout the school year. In all aspects of its program, to the extent practicable, the school will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and in a language parents understand.

EVALUATION: Parents’ surveys, including questions about the effectiveness of the program, are distributed and the results tabulated each year. Teacher surveys and teacher contact records used to determine the number and kind of interaction between school and parents. Please e-mail or call the Title I Coordinator, Erin Dougherty, at [email protected] or 267-514-1823 extension 240 with questions or input concerning our Title I programs.

PARENT NOTIFICATION OF TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS: Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter School uses school-wide Title I programs. Parents of Philadelphia E&T Charter students have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter HS and The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act recognize that all children can achieve the same high standards and must be provided the education they need to reach those standards. NCLB gives parents new opportunities to make sure their child receives the very best education possible. The No Child Left Behind Act also requires Philadelphia E&T Charter HS to provide parents with the following information in a timely manner if they request it. Parents have the right to request the following information about each of their child’s classroom teachers: Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subject he/she teaches. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances. The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline certification or degree. Whether paraprofessionals provide services to their child and, if so, their qualifications. If you would like to receive any of this information, please e-mail or call the Title I Coordinator, Erin Dougherty, at [email protected] or 267-514-1823 extension 240

Title 1 Family Compact
Title 1 Parental Involvement Policy
Title 1 RTK Letter