Title Funds Overview

West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) uses federal grants to help fund a variety or programs that support student learning. Title fund descriptions and contact information are listed below.

Title IA

What is it?
Title IA is designed to provide all students equitable opportunities for quality education that help close achievement gaps. Funding is available for schools with high percentages of students from low income households. These federal funds are allocated through formulas based on census poverty data estimated along with the cost of education in each state.

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

How Does WDMCS Use Title IA?
Title IA currently supports students in grades 1-5 at Clive Learning Academy, Crestview School of Inquiry, and Hillside Elementary. It provides students assistance in strengthening skills and knowledge in math and/or reading. It also helps students prepare to meet challenging state academic standards. Parental involvement and family engagement is key to academic achievement. 

Types of Programs Supported Under Title 1

  • Expanded Learning Time (Beyond Core Instruction)  
  • Before- and After-School Programs
  • Summer Programs and Opportunities 
  • Family Academic Assistance, Education and Engagement Opportunities

Questions or Comments?
Leigh Goldie
Director of Elementary Curriculum

Kristy Dietzenbach
Title I Coordinator

Title IIA 

What is it?
Title IIA is designed to improve student achievement by providing funds to school districts for the training, recruitment, and retention of teachers and principals. 

How Does WDMCS Use Title IIA?
Title IIA supports a variety of professional learning, including:

  • Implementation and instructional integration of Canvas, a learning management system (LMS) used by K-12 teachers and students
  • Frontline software implementation which provides professional development tracking focused on teacher quality and effectiveness
  • Online instructional design resources
  • Social-emotional professional learning  

Questions or Comments?
Shane Scott

Title III 

What is it?
The Title III Immigrant Set-Aside Grant is designed to support school districts that have experienced a significant increase in immigrant student enrollment over the previous three years. This grant provides enhanced instructional and supplemental support opportunities for immigrant students and their families.

How Does WDMCS Use Title III?
This is the first school year that WDMCS is receiving Title III Immigrant funds. The funds will be used to support:

  • family engagement and outreach
  • academic and career support for immigrant children and youth
  • curricular materials and instructional services for immigrant youth

Questions or Comments?
Natalie French

Title IVA 

What is it?
Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. The purpose of the SSAE program is to improve students’ academic achievement by providing access to, and opportunities for, a well-rounded education for all students. It is also helpful in creating school conditions for student learning to create a healthy and safe school environment, provide access to personalized learning experiences supported by technology, and support professional development for the effective use of technology and data.

How Does WDMCS Use Title IVA?
Title IV, Part A funds have been used to support programs and professional learning such as:

  •  iJag
  • Four Oaks Healthy Lifestyles Program
  • Canvas and technology integration professional learning

Questions or Comments?
Shane Scott