Working in a variety of rural and urban schools in Oregon and California afforded me diverse opportunities to learn critical best practices of state and federal programs management. The opportunity in Dos Palos to organize Bryant Middle School Federal Programs “desktop audit” introduced me to the Federal program evaluation early on. Learning about the variety of evidence requirements in Title-I programs as well as Title VII and Title V were critical to my understanding of how schools work with state and federal education stakeholders to ensure students get equal access to programs.
These experiences led to my being asked to conduct Program Quality Reviews in the Los Banos SD, and while working with the Campbell Union SD. In each of these experiences I was able to meld my curriculum and federal program experiences to support teachers and students at the classroom level.
However my greatest level of experience is with Title-I programs in smaller districts. In two districts I worked with classroom teachers to reinstate these programs. Writing Title-I Targeted Assistance plans allowed us to access funds that the districts were not claiming, funds that were going back to the state and not serving our students.