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International Academy of Flint (IAF) is fiscally responsible for administering one state and seven federal grant programs under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs
The Title I, Part A program is designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards by participating in either a school wide or a targeted assistance program. IAF has met the qualifications of a Title I school wide program, which is primarily based on the city of Flint's census poverty level. In a Title I school wide program all students at IAF are considered Title I children, so there is no identification process to provide Title I services. All students are eligible to receive supplementary educational services in core subjects - usually in reading/language arts and math - in order to meet the state of Michigan standards.
IAF depends on Title I funds to offer a variety of programs which include: tutoring in core subjects during the school day and after school by highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals, mandatory summer school, kindergarten readiness, family nights, and other programs to support student achievement. School-based decision-making, professional development and parent involvement are important components of IAF's Title I, Part A program.
Title II, Part A - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
The Title II, Part A program is focused on recruiting, training, and retaining highly qualified instructional staff. IAF uses grant funds to provide mentorship to teachers with less than 3 years of teaching experience and tuition reimbursement for teachers and administrators who oversee instructional programs. Funds are also allocated to offer research-based on-going professional development to teachers and instructional staff in areas such as classroom management and instructional methods.
Title II, Part D - Enhancing Education Through Technology
The Title II, Part D program supports the integration of educational technology into classrooms in order to improve teaching and learning and parent communication. IAF accomplishes this goal by providing teachers with professional development, purchasing instructional software programs and providing online tutoring courses in core subjects. Also, funds from this grant are used to support the school website.
Title IV, B - 21st Century Community Learning Center
The focus of the 21st CCLC program, re-authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state standards in core academic subjects with particular emphasis on reading and mathematics. In addition, 21st CCLC programs provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling and character education to enhance the academic component of the program. Also, services such as family literacy may be provided to families of students enrolled in the 21st CCLC.
IAF operates two 21st CCLC grant programs. One project funds the lower school program for IAF students only. The other project funds the middle school program serving students in grades K-8.
Section 31a At-Risk - Funded under the State of Michigan School Aid Act
Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible districts for supplementary instructional and pupil support services for pupils who meet the at-risk criteria specified in the legislation. These criteria include low achievement on MEAP tests in mathematics, reading or science; failure to meet core academic curricular objectives in English/language arts or mathematics (applies to grade K-3 pupils only); or the presence of two or more identified at-risk factors. Section 31a funds are limited to direct services to pupils and may not be used for administrative or other related costs.
Grant Partnerships with Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD)
GISD is fiscally responsible for administering the following federal programs in partnership with the International Academy of Flint and other local districts.
Subtitle VII, B - McKinney Vento Homeless
The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. GISD provides key staff members at IAF, including the Homeless Liaison, with on-going training and support to families who qualify for services.
Families who live in any of the following situations qualify for assistance:
In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
On the street
In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
Title IV, A - Safe & Drug Free Schools
The Safe and Drug Free school grant funds programs that prevent violence in and around schools, the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, fosters a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement involving parents and the community. IAF receives an allotment from GISD to plan programs each school year. Programs funded under this grant include the Backpack program, Parenting with Love & Logic, Peer Mediation and other community programs.
Title IV, A - Emergency Response & Crisis Management
The purpose of this project is to improve and strengthen school emergency response and crisis management plans including training school personnel, students and parents in emergency response procedures and coordinating with local law enforcement, public safety, health and mental health agencies. Additional funds are provided to IAF to purchase equipment that better prepares our district for emergency situations.
Physical Education and Nutrition working together is a Michigan Nutrition Network grant that provides nutrition education and physical activity promotion, training and resources for physical education educators and classroom teachers in 41 elementary schools in Genesee, Washtenaw and Tuscola counties.� Serving those students in grades K & 2.