The Department of Federal Programs works to promote academic excellence while enhancing educational opportunities and equity for our children and families. We work diligently to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support to District initiatives.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, reauthorized as the Elementary and Secondary Act, shapes the implementation and allocation of funds received. Our efforts provide access to academic excellence for all of our students. Each student has multiple avenues to acquire the knowledge required for college and career readiness. Below are some of the research-based best practices utilized in the East Cleveland City School District:
- Supporting reading programs such as iRead, Read180 and Title I Literacy Specialists
- Supporting mathematics programs such as Do The Math and Math 180
- Increasing learning time with afterschool tutoring, Saturday School and a Summer Enrichment Academy
- Electronic interventions such as Compass Learning and Study Island.
- Providing state-of-the art technology such as laptops, ELMO document cameras, SMART Boards, and Brightlink Interactive Projectors
- Implementing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Labs for hands on experiences that supplement our science curriculum
- District Wide Parental Involvement Committee Activities including meetings, activities and technical assistance on relevant information for parents
- Parent Coordinator, Building Parent Liaisons to both assist parents and increase parental involvement.
- Building leveled programming to address specific building needs.
- Title I Literacy Specialists trained East Cleveland Ambassadors to volunteer in K-3 classrooms to reinforce Reading Skills.
- Linkage Coordinators monitor academic progress and provide wraparound support to reduce the impact non-academic barriers.
- Deans of Students ensure that the climate is conducive for high quality instruction to take place
- Innovative programming for ongoing high quality professional development is offered to stakeholders regularly, including WVIZ Online Courses, Professional Development Academies and a myriad of professional development opportunities.
- Leveraging support to the District Leadership Teams, Building Leadership Teams and Teacher Based Teams through professional development, coaching and feedback.
- Leveraging support and maintaining compliance measures of Title I, Title II-A, Carl Perkins, Race To The Top, Race to the Top Literacy Mini-Grant, Parent Mentor Grant, School Improvement Grant, Early Childhood Education, IDEA-B, IDEA Early Childhood, and the Alternative Challenge Grant.
- Surveys and other mechanisms to gain feedback and improve programs take place regularly.
- Social workers provide social/ emotional support to students to optimize their academic performance.
- Supports all facets of the Secondary and Elementary Education Act including academic support to applicable students in non-public schools, Public School Choice, Highly Qualified Teacher monitoring and support.
- Informing parents of the status of teachers in regard to Highly Qualified standards.
- Seeking and writing grants that fit with the District mission and vision.
- Supports District curricula initiatives to provide opportunities for intervention and acceleration.
- Utilized Race to the Top funds to form a District Transformation Team, guide the district in transitioning from the 2002 standards to the Common Core State Standards, aligned District curricula to reflect new standards, implemented the Instructional Improvement System, let professional development endeavors to transition from traditional evaluation system to Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and Ohio Principal Evaluation System, participated in assessment pilots and professional development to transition to the new state assessment program. Professional development was provided for standards, assessments, instructional practices, formative instructional practices and other facets in accordance with the tenants of the grant program.
- Supported the implementation of a District Wide formative assessment tool to monitor progress and assess needs monthly
- Provided financial support for District-Wide events like the Back –to –School rally connecting parents to academic and community resources to build a pathway to success for all students.
- Supports professional development and in-classroom coaching to implement differentiated instructional strategies to individual instruction for every student in the District.
We appreciate and value input from all stakeholders as we work together to provide quality learning opportunities for our students. If you have questions or comments regarding the Department of Federal Programs, please feel free to contact our office at 216.268.7975.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) “Right to Know” Guidelines
Law has made provisions for parents to have the right to know about the teaching qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher. By parent request, the District will provide parents information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
- The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Parents may also request information on the level of achievement of the their child in each of the State academic assessments and timely notice that their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.
To request information, or to express any questions, please contact the Department of Federal Programs at 216.268.7975