Welcome to Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)


The Title I, Part A program provides financial assistance each year to LEAs and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all students have equitable opportunities to meet challenging state academic standards. Funds are used to provide supplemental educational services and resources to meet the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

Title I Fiscal Handbook


Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs (Title I, Part A)
U.S. Department of Education

Schoolwide Title I Programs

Title I schools that serve percentages of students from low-income families of 40 percent or more may use Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, to operate a "schoolwide Title I program" to enhance the instructional program for the whole school. Schoolwide Title I programs must use evidence-based instructional strategies and implement parental involvement activities.

Schoolwide Plan Template: Purpose and Directions

Targeted Assistance Title I Programs

Title I schools with less than the 40 percent schoolwide low-income threshold or that choose not to operate a schoolwide program may offer a "targeted assistance Title I program" in which the school identifies students who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the State's challenging academic achievement standards. Targeted assistance schools design an instructional program to meet the needs of those students. Schools that operate targeted assistance Title I programs must use evidence-based instructional strategies and implement parental involvement activities.

Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide Schools: What is the Difference?

Targeted Assistance School Plan Approved Checklist

Title I Goals

  1. Assist students in achieving academic success
  2. Increase student performance in high poverty schools through continuous schoolwide improvement
  3. Provide high-quality family and parent engagement opportunities to assist parents in helping their students succeed

Utah Title I Schools




Committee of Practitioners

Title I Directors




April 23
Spring Meeting




Breakout Session: ELA for English Learners (ELs):

Breakout Session: Mathematics for ELs:

Breakout Session: Science for ELs:

Professional Learning


February 8-11
2018 National Title I Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Introduction to Family Engagement in Education
Harvard University Online Courses


Data Specifications and Validation Rules
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Information Technology Utah eTranscript and Record Exchange (UTREx)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
U.S. Department of Education

National Teacher Loan Forgiveness (NTLF)

Teachers with Stafford and Perkins student loans who teach in low-income schools and/or areas of teacher shortages may be eligible for loan forgiveness or deferment. Teachers may qualify for cancellation (discharge) of up to 100 percent of a Federal Perkins Loan if they have served full-time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system as a:

  • Teacher in a school serving students from low-income families
  • Special education teacher, including teachers of infants, toddlers, children, or youth with disabilities
  • Teacher in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign languages, or bilingual education
  • In any other field of expertise determined by a state education agency to have a shortage of qualified teachers in that state

Eligibility for teacher cancellation is based on the duties presented in an official position description, not on the position title. To receive a cancellation, teachers must be directly employed by the school system. There is no provision for canceling Federal Perkins Loans for teaching in postsecondary schools. Note that teachers also qualify for deferment while they are performing teaching service that qualifies for cancellation. Teachers should contact the school that holds their loan for information on applying for deferment.

U.S. Department of Education:

NTLF Identified Schools (Utah):

Title I, Part A 

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Sheryl Ellsworth
Parent Engagement Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7733 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail

Sandra Grant
Education Specialist
Monitoring and Compliance
Phone: (801) 538-7844 | E-mail

Val Murdock
Education Specialist
Monitoring and Compliance
Phone: (801) 538-7975 | E-mail

Dr. Max Lang
Education Specialist
School Inprovement and School Turnaround
Phone: (801) 538-7725 | E-mail

Jeff Ojeda
Education Specialist
School Improvement and School Turnaround
Phone: (801) 538-7945 | E-mail

Robert Palmer
Education Specialist
School Improvement and School Turnaround
Phone: (801) 538-7629 | E-mail