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Department of Federal Programs

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  • FAQ
  • Listing of Federal Programs
  • Title Funded Programs for FY 2019-2020
  • Contact Us

Welcome

ESSAThe Office of Federal Programs works to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for our children and families. We aim to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial resources to support districtwide and school initiatives. Each year, Paterson receives federal funds to support the operation of the Title I programs, with a focus in the following areas:

  • Implementing the New Jersey Tiered System of Support (NJTSS)
  • Focusing on grade-level literacy rates
  • Focusing on Algebra I outcomes
  • Supporting a positive school climate
  • Focusing on rates of chronic absenteeism
  • Increasing availability of job-embedded professional development

Formula grants under ESSA that affect the Paterson Public School District are primarily governed by:

  • Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
  • Title II, Part A – Supporting Effective Instruction
  • Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement
  • Title IV, Part A – Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (newly reauthorized under ESSA).

 

Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this web page is to provide the community, parents and district staff with a proactive forum to ask questions about federal programs and funding. It is our goal to promote cooperation and transparency with the help of this webpage.

Please forward all your questions to the following email address: federalprograms@paterson.k12.nj.us

 

Question

Answer

Weren’t there always stakeholder engagement requirements? Which stakeholder engagement requirements are new?

Yes, school districts were always required to consult stakeholders regarding how to spend federal funds received under ESEA.  The NJDOE is emphasizing stakeholder engagement activities as an important and best practice in meeting the needs of students. 

When will school districts be notified of their 2019-20 ESEA allocations?

The NJDOE anticipates notifications will be posted between April and May.  

Do Title I, Part A funds need to be used to provide programs and/or services directly related to standardized test scores?

Title I, Part A funds may be used for a wide variety of activities, programs, and services to improve student achievement.  Some of these may not seem directly related to standardized test scores.  For instance, Title I, Part A funds may be used to reduce chronic absenteeism, implement a tiered system of support and intervention to meet student needs, support health and mental health services, and also may be used for many other programs and activities.

How can Title I, Part A funds be used in a school with a targeted assistance program for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or concurrent enrollment classes (i.e. high school courses for college credit)?

Title I, Part A funds may be used to provide a variety of services to Title I-eligible students in this regard.  For instance, if participating students need additional training prior to entering such courses, the school could use its Title I funds to provide AP/IB preparation activities, such as tutoring.  In addition, the school could use its Title I, Part A funds to pay AP/IB test fees for participating Title I students. 

Listing of Federal Programs

Program:    Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
Purpose:    To help local educational agencies (LEAs) improve teaching and learning in high-poverty schools, in particular, for children failing, or most at-risk of failing, to meet challenging state academic achievement standards.

 

Program:     Title I, SIA, Part A - Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs: School Improvement
Purpose:     To help the lowest-achieving schools meet the progress goals in their Title I Program plan. These funds are allocated to low-performing schools to help students achieve academic proficiency and to complement the schools' use of Title I, Part A funds.

 

Program:    Title II, Part A - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund
Purpose:      To provide grants to state educational agencies and sub-grants to local educational agencies to prepare, train, and recruit high-quality teachers, principals, and other school leaders

 

Program:    Title III - Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
Purpose:    (1) To help ensure that English learners attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English, (2) to assist all English learners to achieve at high levels in academic subjects, (3) to assist teachers, principals and other school leaders, state educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools in establishing, implementing, and sustaining effective language instruction educational programs designed to assist in teaching English learners, (4) to assist teachers principals and other school leaders, state educational agencies, and local educational agencies to develop and enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare English learners to enter all-English instructional settings, and (5) to promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families, and communities of English learners.

 

Program:    Title IV, Part A - the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program
Purpose:     (1) To provide all students with a well-rounded education and provide all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience, (2) to foster safe, healthy, supportive, and drug free environments that support student academic achievement, (3) to increase access to personalized, rigorous learning experiences supported by the use of technology to improve academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Title Funded Programs for Fiscal Year 2019-20

Program: Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies

   1. Summer school programs

   2. After-school programs

   3. District content supervisors

   4. Programs for parental involvement

   5. Professional development for teachers

   6. Supporting school operations (Whole School Reform)

  7. Federal program administration

 

Program: Title I, SIA, Part A - Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs: School Improvement

   1. Supporting programs that are identified as “Comprehensive Schools”

   2. Supporting programs that are identified as “Targeted Schools”

 

Program: Title II, Part A - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund

   1. Transfer resources to Title I to support comprehensive strategies

 

Program: Title III - Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

   1. Supporting School Operations (WSR)

   2. Language Learning Software (Achieve 3000)

 

Program: Title IV, Part A - the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program

   1. Transfer resources to Title I support comprehensive strategies

Contact Us

Marguerite Sullivan

Director of Federal Programs
Office (973) 321-2331
Fax (973) 321-2394
msullivan@paterson.k12.nj.us

Marybel Echevarria

Administrative Assistant
(973) 321-0894
Fax (973) 321-2394
mechevarria@paterson.k12.nj.us

Irene DelRosso

Supervisor of Federal Programs
(973) 321-0402
Fax (973) 321-2394
idelrosso@paterson.k12.nj.us

Joyce Everett

Senior Specialist
(973) 321-0877
Fax (973) 321-2394
jeverett@paterson.k12.nj.us

Devon Troxler

Federal Programs Liaison
(973) 321-0869
Fax (973) 321-2394
dtroxler@paterson.k12.nj.us

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