Corsica Elementary of Corsica, South Dakota has been selected as a 2010 National Title I Distinguished School and was honored during the 2010 National Title I Conference in Tampa, FL, January 30-February 3, 2011. The conference attracts more than 3,000 Title I professionals from across the country who gather to honor these schools, as well as to share best practices and learn about innovative education programs.
Title I is the largest federally funded, pre-collegiate education program in the country, providing more than $17 billion in federal aid to schools and districts serving students in poverty. The goal of Title I is to ensure that all children, especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions, have the opportunity to receive a high quality education. Schools selected for national recognition must have a poverty rate of at least 35 percent for the selected year and have met or exceeded state standards for making adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years.
Corsica Elementary was selected by the South Dakota Department of Education for its outstanding performance in the following category
• Exceptional student performance for two or more years
The goals of the educators are to make sure all of the standards are taught at each grade level and that the students are fully prepared as they advance to the next grade. Teachers work to meet all students’ needs. The belief is that all students can learn. The staff works well together and is in agreement about what sound educational practices are and what works for the students.
The Corsica staff has many years of teaching experience as well as numerous hours of graduate course work and training to keep current with teaching practices. The parents, administration and community have made a commitment to early childhood education by offering a three-year-old preschool, four-year-old preschool and a full-time kindergarten class. The size of their classes allows teachers to work closely with all students. The dedication of their staff is obvious.
Technology is an integral part of instruction. Lap top computers are utilized by all grade levels to support and reinforce concepts. The elementary staff has been trained to use Smart boards as an effective method of instruction. Children enjoy the many ways Smart boards enhance and support the curriculum goals.
The Corsica School District was named a Distinguished School District for No Child Left Behind for the 2004-2005 school year. The Corsica Elementary School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Superintendent DeGeest said, “Our hard working students, their concerned parents, our dedicated staff and our school district as a whole should all be commended for their role in this accomplishment.”
The National Title I Distinguished School program began in 1986 is an annual recognition for Title I schools showing remarkable improvement and innovation. It is sponsored by the National Title I Association. To learn more about all National Title I Distinguished Schools and the other programs of the National Title I Association visit www.titlei.org