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Title I

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the largest federal aid program for our nation’s schools. Federal funds are dispersed to the states, which then forward the funds using a state-mandated formula to the school districts. The money is sent to the school districts based on the number of low-income families but eligible children may participate in the program regardless of a family’s income. 

Title I program funds supplement content area instruction. Northgate School supports elementary reading instruction due to funds allocated to the district.

The Title I program serves millions of children in elementary and secondary schools. Nearly every school in the nation participates including parochial and private schools.

What is the Elementary Title I Reading Program?

  • A federally-funded program which provides personalized reading instruction for students meeting the entrance criteria;
  • A program which is provided in addition to, but coordinated with, the regular classroom instruction;
  • A comprehensive program which provides learning experiences in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking;
  • A program which has as its goal to help each student experience academic success, to achieve grade-level proficiency in reading, and to perform at the proficient or advanced level based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

What is Reading Recovery?
Reading Recovery is a program for selected first-grade students to receive one to one instruction for thirty minutes each day form a teacher who has received intensive training in Reading Recovery techniques. Each lesson includes reading several small books, practicing word and sound relationships, and writing a sentence or brief story daily.

How are Students Selected for the Title I Program?
Multi-Criteria Approach is used to select students for the program. 


  • Instructional Team Recommendation
  • Standardized Assessment Scores
  • Classroom Assessments

For more information, please contact your child's Title I teacher, or the Title I Coordinator.

Are Parochial and Private School Children involved in the Title I Program?
Any child residing in the Northgate School District and qualifying for the program, under state-mandated guidelines, is eligible to receive services. Students are eligible for both the reading and primary mathematics program. Parents are informed of meetings and conferences sponsored by the Northgate Title I Program.

Why do we have Title I in the Northgate School District?

  • Funding made available through the Federal Government to any district demonstrating a need for a program and detailing a comprehensive way of meeting the need. 
  • With this allocation received from the Federal Government, monies are utilized to fund Northgate's Title I reading and elementary mathematics. 
  • Title I programs are in school districts across the United States and in every school district in Pennsylvania.

How are parents involved and informed about the Title I Program?

  • Home/School involvement compacts developed for each school.
  • Individual program reports issued twice yearly at the Elementary level.
  • Conferences are conducted with the reading specialist and parents and also with the regular classroom teacher, parents and reading specialist.
  • Opportunities to offer parental input and information about requirements concerning the Title I program are provided by means of the Annual Meeting, Parent Advisory Council Meetings, Parent Training Programs, individual parent conferences and up-date meetings as necessary.

For More Information

Title I Coordinator
Francesca Lattari
412-732-3300 Ext. 2109

Title I Teaching Staff

Katie Caldwell
412-732-3300 - Ext. 4212

Amanda Graff
412-732-3300 - Ext. 4200

Lori King
412-732-3300 - Ext. 3015

Abigail Anderson
412-732-3300 - Ext. 

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