ESSA Title Programs

Our objective is to ensure that families are connected with federal grant funding supports to ensure Every Child Succeeds.

Our Goals:

  • Manage and oversee all federal funding authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) commonly referred to as Title Programs.
  • Provide end-to-end support for competitive and non-competitive federal, state, and private funding.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with District departments to support the requirements of large federal grants.
  • Monitor grant performance to ensure compliance with federal and state law.

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

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Title Programs

Title I, Part A, provides resources to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to get a quality education, resulting in their attainment of high academic standards. Title I targets resources to districts and schools whose needs are the greatest.

The program is the largest federal program supporting both elementary and secondary education, and allocates its resources based upon the poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts. Essentially, Title I focuses on: (1) promoting schoolwide reform in high-poverty schools and (2) ensuring students’ access to scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content.

DPS Title I schools:

CDE School Performance Framework (SPF) Report:

All Title I schools are required to spend part of their federal funds to support parent activities to improve academic achievement.  Each school is required to hold an annual parent meeting to explain what steps the school is taking to improve performance.

Parent Engagement DPS BOE Policy KB

Parent Engagement DPS BOE Regulations KB-R

Click here to learn more about TI Parent Engagement requirements.

Title I Part D supports prevention and intervention programs for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at-risk.

This program provides funds for youth in state-operated institutions or community day programs. It also provides assistance to school districts who work with local correctional facilities. Colorado receives formula funds based on the number of students in state institutions and costs per pupil.

State agency and district Title I, Part D programs must meet the educations needs of neglected, delinquent and at-risk youth and assist in their transition from correctional facilities to local programs. They must provide the opportunities to achieve. And they must evaluate the program and disaggregate data by gender, race, ethnicity and age every three years.

The following Private Schools and Institutions are supported with various Federal funds from Denver Public Schools and Institutions also receive Title I Part D funds:

Schools Principal/Director Phone #
Private Schools
Annunciation Deb Roberts 303.295.2515
Arrupe Jesuit Michael O’Hagan 303.455.7449
Beth Jacob HS Esther Melamed 303.893.1333
Bishop Machebeuf HS Marc Nestorick 303.344.0082
Blessed Sacrament Dr. Carla Capstick 303.355.7361
Christ the King Bernadette Henson 303.321.2123
Denver Academy of Torah Dr. Peggy Kasloff 720.859.6806
Denver Waldorf Judy Lucas 303.777.0531
Escuela de Guadalupe Mariella Robledo 303.964.8456
Escuela Tlatelolco Nita Gonzales 303.964.8993
Good Shepherd Mark Strawbridge 303.321.6231
Graland Country Day Gail Sonnesyn 303.399.0390
Hillel Academy Marcie Calm 303.333.1511
LaAcademia Charlene Ramirez-Mares 303.629.0637
Most Precious Blood Colleen McManamon 303.757.1279
Mullen High School Janell Kloosterman 303.761.1764
Notre Dame School Charlene Molis 303.935.3549
Ricks Center Agela Fiorille 303.871.6198
St. Catherine of Siena  Doug Sandusky 303.477.8035
St. Francis de Sales Sr. Mary Rose Lieb 303.744-7231
St. John’s Lutheran Loren Otte 303.733.3777
St. Rose of Lima Elias Moo 303.733.5806
St. Vincent de Paul Sr. Dominic Quinn 303.777.3812
Stanley British Primary Timothy Barrier 303.360.0803
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Daniel Peckman 303.629.8200
Zion Lutheran Philip Adickes 303.985.2334
Institutions
Denver Children’s Home Ann Symalla 720.881.3416
Mount St. Vincent’s Lori McClurg 303.458.7220
Tennyson Center Djuana Osby 720.855.3433
Third Way Center – 5th Ave. Lisa Balyon 720.635.3692
Third Way Center – Lowry Monica Snyder 303.780.9191
Gilliam Youth Center Wes Montoya 303.291.8929
Savio House Tammie Shipp 303.225.4060
Synergy School Mekka Lebkey 303.761.8299
Ridge View Academy Ed Cope 303.214.1139

Title II, Part A

Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 is intended to increase student academic achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards, improve the quality and effectiveness of educators, increase the number of educators who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools, and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective educators. If you would like additional information about these funds or others please visit the Colorado Department of Education Title II website.

The purpose of Title III, Part A, is to help ensure that children and youth who are limited English proficient, Native American and/or immigrants, attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

Funds are directed to states and eligible local school districts or consortia through a formula grant allocation to:

  • develop high-quality language instruction educational programs
  • assist states, districts, and schools to build their capacity to establish, implement, and sustain language instruction and development programs
  • promote parental and community involvement
  • hold states, districts, and schools accountable for increases in English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of limited English proficient children by:
    • demonstrated improvements in the English proficiency of limited English proficient children each fiscal year; and
    • adequate yearly progress for limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth

In DPS, the Title III Grant is managed by the Department of English Language Acquisition.

For more information about Title III, check of out the Colorado Department of Education’s Title III site.

The Title VI Indian Education Program provides services designed to help students achieve and be successful in Denver Public Schools.  Our Indian Education Program staff recognize the unique needs of American Indian students and their families which stems from cultural values, traditional customs and settings.    The goal of our program is to partner with schools and families to eliminate the disparity in graduation and dropout rates for American Indian students and to prepare them for post-secondary education and career.

Additional Title Programs

The Consolidated Application is the Local Educational Agency’s (LEA’s) plan to the State Educational Agency (SEA), specifically the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), to use federal Title I, Part A, Title II Part A, Title III, Part A, and Title VI Part B funds. Through the online application, applicants will provide a description of how funds are used to provide all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.

The 2016-2017 funding year is a “bridge” year between No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements for the release of federal funds in FY2016-17. In anticipation of the move to the new law, the Consolidated Application has been updated to a new platform. The new platform features a modular design and progressive disclosure which customizes each district application.

For the 2017-2018 school year, applications will be completed using the new platform that will be used to collect a comprehensive LEA plan based on the requirements described under ESSA.  To learn more about the Consolidated Application visit Colorado Department of Education.

The Homeless Education Network (HEN) in Denver Public Schools (DPS) provides supplemental educational supports for students experiencing homeless situations. HEN is a resource for DPS schools to provide guidance and the connection to Denver-area support services for families experiencing homelessness.

The HEN mission is to help DPS homeless children use education to break the cycle of poverty through direct support. The primary objective is to remove educational barriers that prevent homeless children from having a successful school experience.

HEN focuses support on school readiness and student success including:

  • School enrollment and advocacy
  • Backpacks/school supplies
  • Free breakfast
  • Lunch assistance
  • Clothing and uniform assistance
  • Basic-needs supplies
  • Community resources

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act and the HEN services, visit their website.

What is the Migrant Education Program?

In the Denver Metro area Migrant Education services are provided by:

The Migrant Education Program is a federally funded program designed to meet the unique needs of children of migratory agricultural workers. The program is funded with Title 1, Part C grant funds. The region’s allocation is based on the number of students who qualify for the program. The program assists both the schools and families with supplemental educational and support services.

Who is eligible for the Migrant Education Program?

  1. Any family member who has worked, intended to work or is presently working in a seasonal or temporary agricultural position.
  2. Any family that has moved in the Metro Region I area within the last three years.
  3. Any child must be between the ages of 3 and 21 years old.

How long can families qualify for services?

Families qualify for three years from the last qualifying move. The family re-qualifies every time they move across school district boundaries to look for an agricultural job.

What is an agricultural position?

Temporary and seasonal positions may include locations such as:

  • Poultry Plant
  • Dairy Farm
  • Feedlots
  • Greenhouse
  • Hog Farm
  • Meat Packing Plant
  • Vegetable Warehouse
  • Plant Nursery
  • Fruit Orchards
  • Sod Farm
  • Produce Shed
  • Cannery

What can the Migrant Education Program do for the schools and families?

  • The program funding to the school districts may assist schools with supplemental educational programs and services such as: qualified staff and materials for Adult ESL/GED/ABE classes; staff and materials for before/after school tutoring programs in ESL/math/literacy/native language instruction; supplemental ESL/bilingual curriculum materials for the classroom; and staff and materials for Family Literacy Programs .
  • Assist the families and schools with communication in English and Spanish.
  • Offer referrals to families for various services offered in the metro area (i.e., medical clinics for immunizations, Denver Rescue Mission for clothes).
  • Scholarships are offered for outstanding secondary migrant students.
  • Summer school assistance for staff and curriculum materials is available to the school districts and schools.
  • Metro Area Migrant Education services

How do school staff identify Migrant students?

  • A survey to identify Migrant students can be presented to parents during the registration process or it can be sent to student’s homes. Click below to print the surveys in both English and Spanish.
  • Based on information provided in the surveys, bilingual staff will follow up with the individual families to formally qualify the students to receive Migrant Education services.
  • The Migrant Education Brochure offers a complete description of the program. The brochure includes information in both English and Spanish.

Links to additional Migrant Education information:

For additional information about the Military/Foster Care Program please visit the Military/Foster Care website.

Need Help? Contact Us!

(720) 423-3421

ESSA Central Administration

ESSA Title Programs
1860 Lincoln St., 8th Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Central Administration
Name Position Telephone #
Veronica Bradsby Director, ESSA Title Programs (720) 423-3026
Seth Edwards Principal – Private Schools/Institutions (720) 423-3021
Amalia Villalobos Program Manager, Title I (720) 423-2279
Jackie Bell Program Manager, Military/Foster Care (720) 423-2318
Mónica Parra SFPC Liaison, Migrant Education (720) 423-1987
Brenda Conklin Office Support III, ESSA Title Programs (720) 423-3022
María Lomeli Office Support III, ESSA Title Programs (720) 423-3023
Fax – Central Office (720) 423-1581
Moses Regidor Financial Partner (720) 423-3486

Homeless Education Network

1617 South Acoma Street, Denver, Colorado 80223
HEN Intake Line (720) 423-1980
HEN Liaisons
Anna Theisen Program Manager, HEN (720) 423-1982