Title I Academic Support Programs

Title I Academic Support

Title I staff contacts:

Karen Abraham, Principal, Shoreline Elementary 893-1050
Terry Edsall, Shoreline Intervention Specialist, 893-1050
Macy Taranko, Ealy Intervention Specialist, 893-1040

What is Title I Academic Support ?

The Title I Academic Support Program benefits identified students in grades K-5 at Helen R. Ealy Elementary and Shoreline Elementary. Our Title I Teachers and eleven Educational Assistants provide support services for children in concepts taught in their regular classroom studies, emphasizing reading and math.

Title I is a Federally funded program through a law called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Congress renews this law periodically and our district’s funding is determined annually. Our district’s allocation is based on our community’s census poverty count, although poverty is not a determining factor for a child to be part of the program.

How does Title I help my child?

Children are referred by their classroom teachers to Title I or are identified by the DIBELS tests that are given three times per year – Fall, January, and the end of the year.  Students receive services based on their individual need for help.  Other data is also used to determine eligibility for services - Kindergarten testing, MEAP testing, classroom testing, classroom performance, or parent requests for services.

Our Title I teacher and educational assistants use EBLI (Phonographix tutoring), Read Naturally and  Great Leaps fluency training, in one-on-one or small groups for reading support. Math tutoring is also done for students who need math support.  Read Naturally has home materials that are available for purchase. Parents can also request take home packets that contain similar materials from the Title I intervention Specialists: Terry Edsall at Shoreline or Macy Taranko at Ealy.


Community volunteers read to children 1 or 2 times per week in grades 2-5.

Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math

Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math are motivational programs. They are computer-based. Students work at their own pace under the supervision of the classroom teacher or Title I staff.

Take Home Packets

Take home packets are offered to students at Helen R. Ealy Elementary  to do fluency (reading rate) training at home.  Research shows that as students read faster, their rate of comprehension improves.  It also helps students to have a reading rate of 150 words per minute or higher in order to be able to handle course work in Middle School, High School, college, and the workplace.  We have seen students make very good gains from working on packets for a couple nights per week at home.  For Ealy take home packets contact Macy Taranko, Ealy Intervention Specialist: macytaranko@whitehallschools.net.

Shoreline parents can request that work be sent home for their students as well.  If you are interested in take home packets for your Shoreline student, contact Terry Edsall, the Shoreline Intervention Specialist: terryedsall@whitehallschools.net. We will individualize activities for your child's learning needs.