Department Overview

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    The Department of Federal Programs and Grants oversees compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA is the federal law signed into effect in 2015 that governs elementary and secondary education across the United States.   The Department also applies for and manages other federal, state or local grants that provide additional resources across the District.  

    Responsibilities of the Department of Federal Programs include:   

    • Provide support to district and school staff to ensure compliance with programmatic and fiscal requirements required by federal and state law.
    • Offer assistance to schools in using all government or other grant related funds to support quality educational programming for all students in order to raise academic achievement
    • Work with federal, state, and local agencies on programming or grant efforts to benefit students and families within the Reading School District.

Contact

  • Andrew Ogot
    Director of Federal Programs and Grants
    484-258-7077

Parent/Family Engagement

    • Parent/family engagement is a process that helps parents/families participate in school activities and learning to help students succeed.

    • Every school district in Pennsylvania has a parent/family engagement policy where parents are invited to give input.

    • The District receives Title I money from the state for each school to conduct parent/family engagement activities and to provide Parent Outreach Assistants (POAs).

    • All schools have a Parent/Family Engagement Policy and School/Parent Compact that shows how the school engages families. Parents are invited to review and give input on these.

    • Schools will provide workshops and sessions for parents on understanding academic assessments and how to help their children succeed in school

    • Parent/Family Engagement Policy (English)

    • Parent/Family Engagement Policy (Spanish)

Title 1 Information

  • Reading School District staff is fully committed to helping children develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Federal Title I funds are used to assist our students in meeting state achievement standards.

    Our 2019-20 Title 1 Right-To-Know letter, available in English and Spanish, lets you know about your right to request information about the qualifications of classroom staff working with your child and information about student assessments given during the school year. Click here to read the full letter.