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Federal Programs

The Office of Federal Programs manages funding received by the school division through federal and state sources. This funding enables students, teachers and other staff members to have equitable opportunities for achievement and professional growth. The Federal Grants office distributes funds from several federal grants; Title I Part A, Title 1 Part D, Priority and Focus School Improvement, Title 2 Part A and one state grant, the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

  • Title I, Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
    This grant ensures students in schools with the highest concentrations of low-income families have fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on state academic assessments. Funds provide reading and math support in 14 elementary schools and 4 preschool programs.

    A combination of Title I, Part A and state funds are used to provide a preschool program in Newport News Public Schools. First Step is a literacy-based program for 4- and 5-year-old children located in 83 classrooms throughout the city.

    Six Family Engagement Specialists are funded through Title I, Part A and support 15 Title I schools and the First Step program. The program supports parents in building and developing partnerships with schools to help children achieve the state's high academic standards.

    Title I, Part A funds are used to provide teachers to support students in reading and/or math. (Download list of Title I schools in Newport News.)

  • Title II, Part A: Preparing, Training, Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
    Funds from this grant are used to increase student achievement by increasing the number of highly qualified teachers, paraprofessionals, principals and other staff members. Funding includes reimbursement for teachers and paraprofessionals for courses. Funds also provide professional development for school, staff and central office administrators in leadership and school improvement. The Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) program is also given a small portion of funds to support self-regulating behaviors.

    Nine (9) teachers serve as coaches for teachers in low-achieving elementary and middle schools for the purpose of building the capacity of teachers to serve all learners effectively as measured by schools making adequate yearly progress. Coaches in reading and math work with teachers on improving the quality of instructional strategies. Activities focus on effective instructional strategies, methods, and skills, and use the state SOL content and assessments to improve teaching practices and NCLB subgroups of students’ academic achievement.

    Four (4) Instructional Specialists offer classroom professional development to new and continuing contract teachers in identified schools.


Provide additional opportunities for early childhood education and a consistent and coordinated program of intervention in K-5

  • Provide training in implementing the revised First Step curriculum

Intensification of parental engagement to support academic achievement of ALL students

  • Provide Family Engagement Specialists to support Title I schools and early childhood centers.
  • Provide professional development training in "Learning at Home" activities to support the 4th type of school, family and community involvement of the National Network of Partnership Schools Model.

Improving staff and teacher quality by providing and managing funds to promote the recruitment, professional development and retention of a quality workforce

  • Provide paraprofessionals and teachers with opportunities to take courses to meet the NCLB highly qualified criteria by contracting with a college/university, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and individuals.
  • Provide professional development funds for schools, staffs, and central office administrators in leadership and school improvement.
  • Literacy/math coaches for teachers in low-achieving elementary and middle school.