Instructional coaches assist K-4 teachers by providing professional development in the areas of reading, math, and science through one-on-one sessions or in small or large group sessions. They serve as resource specialists in helping teachers provide exemplary instruction to all students. Instructional coaches serve the Aikin and Justiss campuses.
Reading Recovery is a research-based, short-term intervention of one-to-one teaching for children in first grade who are having difficulty learning to read and write. Children meet individually with a specially trained teacher for 30-minute lessons each school day for an average of 12 to 20 weeks. Reading Recovery classes are offered at the Aikin and Justiss campuses.
Literacy is an early intervention program for students experiencing reading difficulties. Specially trained Reading Recovery teachers work with small groups of students after all Reading Recovery students have been served. For the literacy classes, students are served in their homeroom class setting.
Waterford Early Reading Program (computer-assisted instruction)
The Waterford Program instruction is conducted in computer labs located on the Aikin and Justiss elementary campuses. For reading, it offers supplementary instruction in the identified five critical components for highly effective reading instruction. In the areas of math and science, the lab combines music, art, stories, and interactive experiences to engage students while they learn about their world.
Guided reading has been implemented in grades K-4 for all students on the Aikin and Justiss elementary campuses. The teacher provides support for small groups of readers as they learn to use various reading strategies while reading books at each student’s proper reading level improving comprehension and enjoyment. State and federal program grants have provided supplemental guided reading books, materials, and supplies along with ongoing professional development for teachers in order to fully implement guided reading.
READ 180/System 44
READ 180/System 44 is a reading intervention program that accelerates the literacy learning of students by providing intensive, individualized instruction in phonics, spelling, word recognition, and comprehension. It provides individualized, balanced instruction that combines teacher-directed instruction, computer-assisted instruction, and independent reading at the student’s level. READ 180/System 44 is located on the Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, PJH, PHS and PASS (Paris Alternative School for Success) campuses and serves identified students.
The MultiSensory Teaching Approach (MTA) Program is provided to identified dyslexia students at Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, and PJH by teachers trained in the MTA approach. For identified PHS dyslexia students, READ 180 and small-group instruction are offered.
Achieve3000 is a web-based program that delivers daily nonfiction reading content precisely and scientifically matched to each student's reading ability. Justiss, Aikin, and PHS participate in this program.
Supplemental Reading Teachers/Literacy Instruction
Supplemental reading teachers, along with paraprofessionals who are under the direction of a Highly Qualified teacher, offer assistance to students identified as having reading difficulties. The instruction is conducted in small-group settings. This program is offered on the Aikin and Justiss campuses.
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)
The Scholastic Reading Inventory, using the Lexile Framework, is used to assess student reading levels and monitor reading progress. SRI helps identify struggling readers, plan for instruction, and demonstrate accountability. The SRI is used on the Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, and PJH campuses as a universal screener for all students and on the PHS and PASS campuses with targeted students.
Reading Renaissance is a program designed to help students reach their full potential as readers. The four main components are reading practice; Accelerated Reader (electronic quizzes); a motivational system with rewards; and motivation, instruction, monitoring, and intervention by the teacher. Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, and PJH campuses implement the Reading Renaissance program. Additionally, Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, and PJH campuses utilize STAR Reading Enterprise assessments for expanded skills-based testing and reports that provide data for screening, instructional planning based on skills mastery, progress monitoring, and standards benchmarking. Aikin and Justiss campuses also use STAR Early Literacy to determining early literacy progress for PreK–3 emerging readers.
The instructional facilitator assists grade K-8 classroom teachers by providing professional development in the area of math and content area subjects, both one-on-one and in small or large group sessions. The instructional facilitator serves as a resource specialist in helping teachers provide exemplary instruction to all students.
SuccessMaker (computer-assisted instruction)
Designed for identified students who need additional instruction, the SuccessMaker labs are located on the Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, PJH, and PASS campuses. It offers individualized instruction in the following areas: reading readiness, reading, English, Spanish reading, spelling, writing, math, algebra, and science.
Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI)
Scholastic Math Inventory is a research-based, computer-adaptive math assessment program for students in Grades 2 – 8+ that measures math understanding on The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics that provides immediate data for universal screening, progress monitoring, and instructional decision-making. SMI helps identify students who struggle with math, plan for instruction, and demonstrate accountability. The SMI is used on the Aikin, Justiss, PJH, and PASS campuses as a universal screener for selected students.
FASTT Math (computer-assisted instruction)
This intervention program uses research-validated methods to help struggling students develop fluency with basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Using the FASTT system (Fluency and Automaticity through Systematic Teaching with Technology), the software provides a continuously adaptive program that efficiently increases math fact fluency. This program is available for identified students on the Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, PJH, and PASS campuses.
STAR Math and Math Facts in a Flash
STAR Math Enterprise assessments, utilized at Aikin, Justiss, and Crockett, generate information through expanded skills-based testing and new reports that provide data for screening, instructional planning based on skills mastery, progress monitoring, and standards benchmarking. MathFacts in a Flash combines practice, intervention, and progress monitoring of fundamental math skills into a variety of easy-to-use tools, helping you make sure your students have committed their math facts to memory. Students at Justiss participate in Math Facts in a Flash.
Supplemental Math Instruction
Supplemental math teachers, along with paraprofessionals under the direction of a Highly Qualified teacher, offer assistance to students identified as having difficulties with math concepts on all campuses. The instruction is conducted in small-group settings. Additionally, computer-assisted instruction is available to students who have failed to pass math TAKS or who are in danger of not passing math TAKS at Crockett, PJH, PHS, and PASS.
SCANTEK Living with Science Lab
The SCANTEK Living with Science lab program for students in grades 3 and 4 on the Aikin campus, grades 2, 3, and 4 on the Justiss campus and grade 5 students on the Crockett campus is comprised of computer-assisted instruction and direct teacher instruction. It allows students to conduct virtual experiments via computer software as well as hands-on experiments under the direction of the teacher.
Grand Central Station (GCS)
GCS offers a continuum of service options utilizing a research-based model for at-risk learners yielding a school wide response-to-intervention approach. Research-based learning tools and strategies support students’ unique needs. Detailed tracking mechanisms are utilized to form an intensive case-management system. GCS is offered on the Crockett and PJH campuses.
Structure of the Intellect (SOI)
The SOI program focuses on how students think and learn. Students develop a number of critical thinking abilities such as attention, rule-following, memory, context, comprehension, creativity, evaluation, algorithmic logic, and cause and effect reasoning. Justiss offers the SOI program to identified students.
Tutorials are provided after school and during school hours for identified students who need assistance in order to master specific skills and are offered at the Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, and PJH campuses.
Additional teachers paid from state and federal funds help reduce classroom size on the Aikin and Crockett campuses. This allows for more individual and small group help for students who need additional teacher assistance.
Extended Day Program
Additional instruction in core academic subjects is offered to identified students after the school day ends. Small group and one-on-one instruction is provided at the Aikin, Justiss, Crockett, and PJH campuses.
Summer school is offered to identified students in grades K -12 to:
Summer school locations are usually alternated between Aikin and Justiss for grades K-4 and between Crockett and PJH for grades 5-8. Grades 9-12 summer school is held at PHS.
Supplemental Counseling Services
Federal and state funds provide supplemental counseling services for grades K-8 to allow individuals or small groups of students more time with a counselor.
Supplemental Library Services
Aikin and Justiss campuses provide extended library hours during the summer in order to encourage summer reading. Justiss also conducts a Family Reading Night once a week during the regular school term.
A+ (computer-assisted instruction)
A+ is a browser-based curriculum program that is available on-line and is used to supplement instruction at PASS, for credit recovery at PHS, and for the Alternative Education Program on the PHS campus. It is also used in the summer school program for PHS.
Instructional paraprofessionals, under the direct supervision of Highly Qualified classroom teachers, assist classroom and special programs teachers in providing individualized instruction to students. Paraprofessionals also serve as computer lab assistants. Paraprofessionals on Title I, Part A school wide campuses must meet qualifications for Highly Qualified paraprofessionals: have completed 48 college hours; have an associate’s degree; or have completed a certified course in reading, math, and writing designed for paraprofessionals.
DMAC (Data Management for Assessment and Curriculum) is a web-based software suite designed to assist educators in the development and management of curriculum and assessment data for Texas schools. Teachers have the ability to access TAKS data and benchmark data to instantly determine which students or groups of students need additional instruction on specific objectives. DMAC is available for all campuses.
Title I, Part A has a strong parental involvement requirement which is met with the services of a parent involvement coordinator and parent liaison. Parent involvement activities include parent workshops, Make It/Take It workshops, newsletters, home visits, parent conferences, Spanish translations of school-home communications, and ESL classes for parents who are limited-English proficient or non-English speaking (made possible by cooperation with Paris Junior College and volunteer services by Mary Clark). Coordination of funds allows all campuses to be served.
Support for program implementation is provided through personnel, instructional materials, supplies, ongoing professional development, and the furniture, technology hardware, and software necessary for program operation.
High quality, ongoing professional development is provided to teachers, counselors, assistant principals, principals, directors, and other educational support personnel in multiple areas. Core academic content area professional development is a high priority and many opportunities are provided. Professional development is provided through workshops, conferences, campus and district sessions, book studies, and distance learning in areas identified by campus comprehensive needs assessments.