The mission of the Homewood City School's Title I targeted assistance program is to support the educational mission and goals established in the Homewood City Schools Strategic Plan. "The mission of the Homewood City Schools, a system enriched by tradition, community spirit, and vision, is to empower every student to reach his or her unique potential, ensured by a dedicated and exemplary staff, a supportive and involved community, the recognition and celebration of diversity, an optimal use of resources, and an uncompromising commitment to excellence." Hall-Kent Elementary School and Homewood Middle School receive targeted-assistance funds for identified students for the 2015-2016 school year.
Three of the four objectives of Homewood City Schools Federal Programs parallel goals established for the school system by the Homewood City Schools Strategic Plan.
1. AllHomewood CitySchool students will experience optimal educational growth and success, achieving more than they thought possible.
2. All Homewood City School students will complete their appropriate High School requirements for graduation.
3. AllHomewood CitySchool students will be responsible contributors to school, community and society.
4. All students involved in Homewood’s Title I program will benchmark on the STAR Renaissance assessment in reading and math by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
English Language Learner Program (Title III)
Educational Approach and Program
The instructional goals of the Homewood City Schools EL Program are as follows:
- To increase the English language proficiency at an adequate rate (APLA), attain proficiency within five years, and meet AYP in Reading and Mathematics.
- To provide each EL student the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
According to research, it takes the average EL from one to three years to acquire the social language which is needed to function on a daily basis; moreover, it takes approximately five to seven years to acquire the language skills necessary to function in an academic setting.
Working with this premise in mind, the Homewood City School System has developed a plan to meet the needs of the ELs. Homewood City Schools offer English as a Second Language (EL) as its English language instruction educational program for English Learners (ELs). It is a program of techniques, methodology, and curriculum designed to teach EL student’s English language skills, which may include comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation. English is the language of instruction. EL instruction is related to the content of instruction in math, science, language arts, and social studies. Progression through the EL program is designed to equip ELs with the language skills necessary for successful independent functioning in the general education environment. In addition to assigning ELs to a regular class in which the classroom teacher has received training in teaching ELs, the ELs receive regularly scheduled EL instruction according to their EL plan. The students are placed in the EL program based upon their performance on an English language proficiency test of listening, speaking, writing, reading, and comprehension, and upon their academic achievement. EL instruction begins at the student’s English language knowledge level. The level of English language proficiency determines the time spent in the EL class. A combination of strategies is used to teach the language: whole language, phonics, oral language skills, cooperative learning, and integrated reading. Emphasis is placed upon the development of the four communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A variety of materials and equipment is used in instruction. These include scientifically research-based programs, textbooks, computers, videos, listening stations, games, purchased programs and materials, and language development activities. Teachers use a variety of approaches in organizing the classroom, designing a curriculum, and presenting lessons. There are several basic elements underlying all effective language instruction:
- Versatility and flexibility
- Interactive lesson with hands-on activities and cooperative learning
- Encouragement and support of the general education curriculum
- Opportunities for all students to feel successful by providing appropriate accommodations and modifications for the needs of students’ different levels of ability
- Integration of language skills, thinking skills, and content knowledge
These federal programs will address these objectives with the identification of students at-risk for academic reading and math. These identified students will work in a scientifically-researched based reading or math program in order to improve their deficits. Extensive embedded professional development will be provided for all teachers, including Title I teachers. In addition, ongoing professional development will be led by each school's assistant principal for instruction.
Please see documents below which further explain the Title I and Title III programs in Homewood Schools.