Title I Program
Olustee's Title I program goal is to produce lifetime readers - readers who will be our future and therefore shape future generations. At the beginning of each school year and throughout the year, teachers stress the importance of reading in students' lives now, and how important it will be to their future. This is done through use of films, tapes, stories, and cooperative group activities.
The ITBS scores and teacher and/or parent referrals are used to determine those students most in need of participation in Title I. Next, the strengths and weaknesses of each student are identified to determine how we can best help each one. Although the students spend time in one-on-one instruction, they also participate in cooperative learning activities. In this manner, they see their strengths being tapped to help others. As a result, they gain more self-confidence, and everyone's learning increases.
We vary our teaching strategies to fit students' learning styles, using a combination of one-on-ne teaching, cooperative learning, peer-teaching, computerized reading programs, and critical thinking games. For the past three years, we have used a point system to motivate students. Students can earn points through reading library books, exhibiting cooperative behaviors (i.e., conduct points), maintaining certain levels of report card grades, and handing in their homework and listening during regular classroom time. Each nine weeks, the students are allowed to spend their accumulated points on pencils, pens, folders books, candy, or games. This system has worked well with the Title I students.
The Title I instructor works closely with all regular classroom teachers and the teacher of Migrant students. Meetings are held on a weekly basis and/or as needed to discuss students' learning progress, their needs, and how all can work together to provide the best possible program for each student.
Parental involvement is a very important part of the Title I program. Frequent meetings and conferences are conducted throughout the year. In addition, the teachers call and/or write to parents frequently to discuss ways that they can help their child with learning specific skills and concepts.
By working together as a teaching staff - and working closely with parents - we have seen great progress in our Title I students' achievement. Our goal is to continue to increase parental involvement throughout the next several years. As parents become more involved, more learning will be the result
As a parent in the Olustee Public School District that is receiving Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child's classroom teacher, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:
Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades or subjects he or she teaches.
Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of certain circumstances.
The teacher's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
Whether any teacher's aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the Superintendent's office, telephone number 580-648-2243.