Federal and Special Programs
Dr. Tereka Williams Executive Director
(678) 301- 7291
The Office of Federal and Special Programs is committed to maximizing federals funds to support the planning and implementation of district and school improvement initiatives. Federal funds are used to support 68 Title I schools, English Learners, Migrant and Immigrant programs, Equitable Services, and district-wide academic interventions and supports. Additionally, the Office of Federal and Special Programs supports family and community engagement activities.
Family and Community Engagement Resources
Gwinnett County Public Schools believes that parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Our goal is to engage every family and community to achieve success for all of our students. Your child's school has a parent support contact to help promote your child's academic achievement. Your local school's Parent Centers are equipped with resources and materials for families to checkout to support parents as partners with their child's teacher.
Your child's school has collaboratively developed an important document called The Plan/The Promise with your school community. The Plan outlines activities that will be held throughout the year to strengthen the partnership between you and school personnel. Multiple activities and engagement opportunities are offered to engage families and support learning outside of school. The Promise shows how you, your child, and the school share the responsibility for working together to meet a schoolwide learning goal. Please check your school's website frequently to find ways that you can be engaged to support your child's academic success. We look forward to partnering with you for your child's success.
- District Family and Community Engagement Plan (English and Spanish)
- Federal Programs Family-School Partnership Advisory Council
- Complaint Procedure
- Gwinnett County Public Library
- Parent Perception Survey (English and Spanish)
- Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)
Dr. Chisel Valdez, Principal on Special Assignment
Shenée Holloway, Coordinator
Title I, Part A
Title I, Part A – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, provides funding to school districts to help ensure that all children, particularly those who are most academically at-risk, meet challenging state academic standards. Schools participating in the Title I program receive funds based on the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals. Title I programs are designed to ensure high standards for all students, increase quality instructional time, improve instruction through professional development, enhance family participation in the educational process, expand educational resources, and strengthen accountability.
Sixty-eight schools within Gwinnett County Public Schools receive Title I services. Of these, 42 are elementary schools, 12 are middle schools, 10 are high schools, three are alternative schools, and one charter school. Schools offer a schoolwide program where all students, teachers, and families benefit from the supplemental resources and support provided by Title I.
Title I, Part C
Title I, Part C – Education of Migratory Children
Title I, Part C of ESSA is designed to support the academic and basic medical needs of children who have been verified by the Georgia Department of Education for the Migrant Education Program. These are children whose families have moved within the last three years due to economic necessity, and who work in seasonal agricultural or fishing jobs. This program serves children ages 3 – 21 by removing barriers to their academic participation and success.
Title II, Part A
Title II, Part A – Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers, Principals, or other School Leaders
The purpose of Title II, Part A of ESSA is to maintain teacher and leader effectiveness through recruitment, retention, and professional development.
Title III, Part A
Title III, Part A – Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
Title III, Part A of ESSA ensures that English Learner and Immigrant students receive needed supplemental support to assist in their acquisition of English and their overall academic success.
Title IV, Part A
Title IV, Part A – Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Title IV, Part A of ESSA offers students the opportunity for interventions and academic enrichments as well as access to additional technology for digital literacy. In addition, this grant provides funding to improve school conditions for student learning.
Students, families, and teachers in private schools may be eligible for equitable services in accordance to guidance from U.S. Department of Education as it relates to each individual federal program. Click here for the Initial Consultation video with private schools (October 2020; 1 hr, 24 min.).
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – Education for Homeless Children and Youth
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides support for students who are experiencing homelessness. Its purpose is to remove barriers to academic success that students may face as a result of their living situation.