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Federal Programs

The Office of Federal Programs manages funding received by the school division through federal and state sources. This funding enables students, teachers and other staff members to have equitable opportunities for achievement and professional growth. The Federal Grants office distributes funds from several federal grants; Title I Part A, Title 1 Part D, School Improvement Grant funding, Title 2 Part A and one state grant, the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

  • Title I, Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
    This grant ensures students in schools with the highest concentrations of low-income families have fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on state academic assessments. Funds provide reading and math support in 14 elementary schools and 4 preschool programs.

    A combination of Title I, Part A and state funds are used to provide a preschool program in Newport News Public Schools (NNPS).  NNPS First Step Preschool’s 75 classrooms are for 4 and 5 year old children.  It is designed to help young learners gain an understanding of their world through developmentally-appropriate experiences. 

    Eight (8) Family Engagement Specialists are funded through Title I, Part A and support identified Title I schools and the First Step program. The program supports parents in building and developing partnerships with schools to help children achieve the state's academic standards.

    Title I, Part A funds are used to provide teachers to support students in reading and/or math. (Download list of Title I schools in Newport News.)

  • Title II, Part A: Preparing, Training, Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
    Funds from this grant are used to increase student achievement by increasing the number of properly licensed and endorsed teachers, paraprofessionals, principals and other staff members. Funding includes reimbursement for teachers and paraprofessionals for courses. Funds also provide professional development for school, staff and central office administrators in leadership and school improvement.

    Seven (7) teachers serve as coaches for teachers in low-achieving elementary and middle schools for the purpose of building the capacity of teachers to serve all learners effectively as measured by schools making state accreditation. Coaches in reading and math work with teachers on improving the quality of instructional strategies. Activities focus on effective instructional strategies, methods, and skills, and use the state Standards of Learning (SOL) content and assessments to improve teaching practices and NCLB Gap Groups of Students academic achievement.

    Five (5) Instructional Specialists offer classroom professional development to new and continuing contract teachers in identified schools.


Improving staff and teacher quality by providing and managing funds to promote the recruitment, professional development and retention of a quality workforce

  • Provide paraprofessionals and teachers with opportunities to take courses to become properly licensed and endorsed by contracting with several colleges/universities and local organizations.
  • Provide professional development funds for schools, staffs, and central office administrators in leadership and school improvement.
  • Literacy/math coaches for teachers in low-achieving elementary and middle school.