Federal Programs

Derrick Dace
Federal Programs Director/ELL Coordinator

Spring

Mr. Derrick Dace
Federal Programs Director

English Learners (EL) Coordinator
Homeless/Foster Care Liaison
662.363.2811 Ext. 9234

daced@tunicak12.org

Federal Programs Staff
Seema Purohit, ELL Teacher
Ruthie Davis, Parent Liaison

                              Consolidated Federal Programs                              
The guiding legislation for the Title Programs is the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
Every Student Succeeds is based on eight key principles:

  • providing strong leadership,
  • ensuring effective teaching and improved instruction,
  • increasing learning time,
  • strengthening schools instructional program,
  • using data to inform instruction for continuous,
  • improving school safety and discipline,
  • providing ongoing mechanism for family and communtiy engagement,
  • ensuring school receives ongoing assistance and related support.
All schools within the Tunica County School District implement a school-wide program, which is a comprehensive school reform model designed to generate high levels of academic achievement in core academic areas for all students, especially those who are not demonstrating proficiency in meeting the State's academic content and achievement standards.
 
 
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          The following program components are integral to student success:          
• Comprehensive needs assessment
• School-wide reform strategies
• Instruction by highly qualified teachers
• High quality and ongoing professional development
• Strategies to attract highly qualified teachers
• Strategies to increase parental involvement
• Plans for assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs to local elementary programs
• Inclusion of teachers in decisions about the use of academic assessment information for the purpose of improving student achievement
• Effective, timely and additional assistance for students who have difficulty mastering the standards at proficient and advanced levels
• Coordination and integration of Federal, State and local services and programs
 
 
   The Tunica County School District Title I Programs focus on the following goals:   
  • Improved Student Achievement
  • Increased Staff Proficiency
  • Safe and Orderly Environment
  • Parent/Community Relations
A variety of implementation activities to address these goals are identified annually based on data gathered from needs assessments completed by staff, students, parents, and community members; student attendance and achievement data; and other data gathered quarterly by the School-wide Improvement Committee. Additionally, the Tunica County School District partners with Head Start in an effort to better address the early childhood needs of pre-school children. Head Start is designed to foster healthy development in low-income children by delivering a range of services that are responsive and appropriate to each child's and each family's heritage and experience. These services encompass all aspects of a child's development and learning.
 
 
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Tunica County School District administers the Title I Basic Program, Title II , and Title IV (21st Century) Program.
 
 
Title I - Basic
The purpose of Title I Basic provides financial assistance through State educational agencies (SEAs) to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic standards.
 
Title II - Improving Teacher Quality
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase student academic achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.
 
Title IV - 21st Century

The purpose of the Mississippi Department of Educations' Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:

  • provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects
  • offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and
  • offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

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