South Side School District benefits from several Federal Programs. They are Title I, Title IIA; the largest being Title I.
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Title I is a federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to improve educational opportunities so that all children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts and mathematics.
The South Side School District services all children who need supplemental instruction in Reading and Language Arts Kindergarten through third grade. The district employs two Reading Specialists who implement the Reading Program.
In kindergarten and first grade, the goal is to develop students’ pre-reading/reading skills by providing supplementary instruction. Students are taught in their own classrooms, but receive direct instruction in a small group setting. Instruction is designed to fit each student’s individual needs, while enhancing their strengths. In Kindergarten, focus is mainly on learning letters and sounds. Work is designed to build phonemic awareness and the ability to hear and manipulate sounds. In first grade, the focus is mainly on Guided Reading. Various skills and strategies are used to enable the students to become independent readers.
The emphasis of the second and third grade programs is to help the students become confident, fluent readers. Usually, the instruction is delivered in small groups within the students’ classrooms; but occasionally, small groups will meet in a resource room for re-teaching or additional practice to master a reading skill or strategy. Support is given to help all students become proficient writers. Mini-lessons to demonstrate reading skills are often presented to entire classes, and then, guided practice is used to help students use and master necessary skills. In addition, the third grade Reading Specialist assists all students in preparing for the Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) given in the spring. The students and third grade teachers work on reading comprehension and writing to prompts to ensure that all students can read and write proficiently at grade level.
Title I Math is a support program that helps the students in grades two through five by reviewing, re-teaching, and practicing the math skills that each individual child is having difficulty mastering.
Individualized computer practices, one-on-one support with the teacher and small group problem solving practice are various methods of instruction used to address student needs. Each student meets with the Title I Math instructor two times a week for twenty minutes. They also meet once a month for a forty-minute class to work on problem solving.
Title II, A
Title II, Part A is a federally funded supplemental program that provides assistance to improve the skills of teachers and the quality of instruction in core academic subjects. Title II, Part A combines the Eisenhower and Class-Size Reduction programs into one program that focuses on preparing, training, and recruiting and hiring highly qualified teachers.
The South Side School District uses the majority of Title II, A monies to employ a Class-Size Reduction Instructor (CSRI). The Class-Size Instructor works closely with the Title I Reading Specialists to ensure strong literacy skills for all students in kindergarten through third grade. The teacher works with small groups providing additional instruction and practice in all areas of literacy that are unique to each grade level.