Title One

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Title I

Karen Birkby & Barb King

Title One at University Academy is a federally funded reading program that is designed to provide supplemental reading instruction to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  The Title One Reading Program is not a Special Education program.  Title One reading teachers work with students who are below reading grade level and need additional help.  Title One teachers communicate closely with classroom teachers to ensure smooth progress in reading.

Leveled Literacy Intervention

What Title One Will Look Like
This year both Title One teachers will be teaching Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) for the third year.  In Kindergarten through 2nd grade selected students will be taught in groups of 3 for 30 minutes.  During the teaching periods, students will be reading and re-reading to develop fluency and improve their comprehension.  

How you can Help?  Students will have a book to take home to read to you.  A letter and activity will go home each night along with a book.  The student will have read the book in class, so he/she should be able to confidently read it to a family member.  Books come back the following day, so a new one can be sent.  If the "homework" seems easy, don't worry, the program is set up that way.  Please read the Parent Letter, it will give you instruction of what you can do with your child and the homework.  Your involvement will be a big asset in helping your child progress and move their reading closer to grade level. 

Third grade classes are organized using subject specialist this year.  The scheduling for this makes it a perfect fit for the Title One teacher to be in their classroom during reading instruction time to immediately reinforce reading instruction.   Mrs. Birkby and Mrs. Conner will be working together to provide as much support as possible to 3rd grade students.  


Parental Involvement
Try These At Home

Here are some questions to use when you "talk about" books with your children.
  • Tell me what you liked best about this book.
  • Tell me about a favorite part of the book, a favorite character....
  • Tell me something you have in common with someone in the book.
  • Tell me what you would do if....(relate to the problem in the story).
  • Tell me how you would feel if...(relate to something in the story).
  • Tell me about the problem and then the solution in this story.
  • Tell me about something similar that happened to you.
  • Tell me if this reminds you of something else.
  • Tell me something you might change in this story if you were the author.

Quote Worth Remembering
A room without books is like a body without a soul. 
--G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Upcoming Events
Tuesday September 27 will be the first University Academy Lower School Parent Night.  Title One will present information about the Title One program and events that they will be sponsoring this year. 

Bingo for Books will be held in the school cafeteria on Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7:00.

Book Fair is second semester.  The dates are March 6 to March 10.  Look for more information as the time draws nearer.  This year the theme is Happy Camper Book Fair!

Meet the Teachers

Hi, I'm Barb King. This is my tenth year at University Academy.  I have taught Title I Reading for 15 years. This is my 33rd year of teaching elementary students.  I have my Master's Degree in Reading and a Reading Specialist/Learning Disabilities Certification. I am married and have two sons, one is a college senior and the other is a college freshman. I look forward to meeting as many parents as possible and working with students.

Barb King, x9273 kingb@universityacademy.org

Hi, my name is Karen Birkby. This is my tenth year at University Academy. Teaching reading has been my passion for 20 plus years. I have also been an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist in a college learning center. Overall, I have taught for over 40 years and still enjoy it immensely. My Master's Degree is in Learning Disabilities and I have a Reading Specialist Certification. I am married and have two grown daughters and 6 grandchildren. I enjoy teaching students how to improve their reading and hope that they will become life-long readers.  I look forward to a great school year.

Karen Birkby, x9274 birkbyk@universityacademy.org
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