Title I Overview

  • Title I is the largest federal assistance program for our nation’s schools.  The goal of Title I is a high quality education for every child.  The program provides extra academic assistance to students who need it most.  All Title I teachers and paraprofessionals meet the state’s rigorous standards for licensure/qualification.  Parents may request information about the qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act authorizes a Title I school to develop a school-wide program when the free and reduced lunch percentage reaches 40%.  A school-wide program allows the school to consolidate federal funds to strengthen the core academic program.  An eligible school must first develop a plan that describes how the school will implement the required components and describe how the school will use its resources.  All six Title I schools qualify for and operate as school-wide programs.

    The following Wilson County schools currently receive Title I funds:

    Carroll-Oakland Elementary
    Elzie D. Patton Elementary
    Southside Elementary
    Tuckers Crossroads Elementary
    W.A. Wright Elementary
    Watertown Elementary

    The Title I Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or age.

    For more information on the Title I Program contact:

    Amy Gullion
    Title I Coordinator
    615-453-7317
    gulliamy100@wcschools.com

Notice to Parents

  • The EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS EDUCATION ACT (ESSA Title I, Part A, §1111(h)(6)(A) and (h)(6)(B)(ii)), has strong provisions that support parents’ right-to-know.

    Title I of ESSA requires local educational agencies to notify parents of their right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher and any paraprofessional providing support to the child.

    This notice is hereby given to comply with the ESSA Act. If any parent has a question regarding the above, they may contact one of the following:

    Dr. Donna Wright
    Director of Schools
    615-444-3282

    Amy Gullion
    Title I Coordinator
    615-453-7317

    Dr. Rebecca Owens
    Deputy Director of Human Resources
    615-444-3282

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Five Components of a Title I Schoolwide School

    1. Opportunities for ALL Students - This includes opportunities for all children, including each of the subgroups (ED, major racial & ethnic groups, SWDs and ELs) to meet challenging state academic standards.
    2. Strengthening Academics - The school’s methods and instructional practices that strengthen the academic program.
    3. Quality Learning - Strategies to increase the amount and quality of learning time both for core instruction and intervention.
    4. Well-Rounded Education - How the school provides enriched and accelerated curriculum to ensure that students have access to a well-rounded education.
    5. At-Risk Students - How the school addresses the needs of all children in the school, particularly the needs of those at risk of not meeting the challenging state academic standards.

Wilson County’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy

  • In an attempt to increase student achievement, the Wilson County School System is committed to involving and engaging parents and family members in an effort to improve communication between the school system and the home.

    Wilson County’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy components include the following:

    1. Meaningful involvement of parents and family members in the development and annual review/evaluation/revision of the district family engagement policy.
    2. A design to improve parent and teacher cooperation in such areas as homework, attendance, and discipline; that includes procedures by which parents/families may learn about the course of study for their children with access to all learning materials.
    3. Provision of support to assist parents and family members in understanding local, state, and federal standards through technical support and the use of specific, measurable goals that are research based.
    4. Identification of barriers to greater participation by parents, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background.
    5. An annual school and district assessment that is clear and meaningful and relates to student achievement.
    6. Support for parents and family members in understanding state academic content standards and curricular materials in an effort to build capacity of parents and family members to be involved in their child’s academic experiences.
    7. Recognition that parenting skills are important to successful school achievement and provision of funds devoted to training directed toward effective parenting practices.
    8. Provisions for parents and family members to become involved in district level and school level decision making.
    9. Ongoing and meaningful professional development for all professional, support staff, and parents and family members in specific areas that support successful family engagement.
    10. Effective development and implementation of district and school based family engagement programs embedded in the budget process to ensure ongoing commitment and continuous improvement as well as coordination and integration with other federal, state, and local laws and programs.