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Old 05-26-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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What is a Title 1 teacher? How are the requirements different than the requirements for a regular ed teacher? Thanks for any info you can give!


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Old 05-26-2009, 12:17 PM
 
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I don't think the requirements would be any different. I assume a Title 1 teacher would just be somone that teaches at a Title 1 school. These are schools that have a certain high percentage of low-income families. Title 1 schools get extra money from the government too.
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Title one teachers (in my district) work with kids who are struggling in reading and math. These kids aren't special ed, but aren't up to grade level. They get an extra dose of reading and writing. This can either be in the classroom or out of the classroom.

The requirements are no different. In my district they hold a regular ed. teaching license.

My district has title one teachers at every school no matter how the school performs. The number of teachers is what's different. This year there's one due to low needs. Last year the school I worked at had 6 due to high needs.
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I agree with AD. A title 1 teacher will pull kids out of a reg. ed. classroom to work on specific skills they are struggling with. The title 1 teacher, in my experience, is also a resource for other teachers in selecting materials, developing strategies, etc. to help struggling kiddos.
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I am a Title I reading specialist in Virginia, and our district requires Title I reading specialists to be licensed reading specialists with at least 5 recent years of exemplary reading instruction experience. . To my knowledge, VA doesn't have a math specialist endorsement yet, but our Title I math staff is the best of the best.

Title I teachers coach teachers, do small group instruction for intervention, facilitate staff development, and provide parents with workshops on reading, math, and parenting issues- all of this is a required job description, as Title I is federally funded and we must comply with federal guidelines. We are also required to stay on top of literacy/math issues and instructional methods and research through summer academies, workshops, graduate level courses, and the like.


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Title One is a federally funded program.
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Funds come into your state and then your district is alotted so much money according to your free and reduced lunch numbers. In my district there are 5 elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.Only three of the elem. schools and the middle sch qualify for Title One funds. Each district can decide how they want the funds spent...by writng their description of programs into their grant. (Districts usually write an applic for their funds with the specifics of how the money will be spent.) In our elem. schools we focus on literacy k-3 and most of the Title 1 money pays for salaries of lit coaches and ed technicians who pull out and push for literacy services. With RTI, we have to have all levels of intervention and assessments to show that kids are improving. Some districts hire teachers on teachers pay to do this, other districts hire level 3 technicians(paras) who make much less money and are sometimes as good if not better with literacy specific skills.
Other districts are able to teach both math and reading....it just depends on how much money there is to work with, how the grant is written, and what the philosophy is in the district for using the money. There are strings attached frequently and testing can put your school on the naughty list if you don't improve your scores.

I have worked Title One for over 20 yrs and have seen a lot of changes in the last 3 years. I think in my district the kids are receiving more help now that we concentrate on only the primary grades.
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