Things to know about ETC Montessori and Title I


What is Title I?


Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.


Which schools can receive Title I money?


The program serves students in elementary and secondary (middle and high) schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Title I also serves students who attend private schools.


What is Title I supposed to do for the child?


The Title I program will provide your student with extra educational assistance beyond regular classroom instruction.


How does a school go about receiving Title I money?



First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, each state educational agency sends money to its school districts. The amount of money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students attending that school.


Finally, Title I schools identify the students at their school who need the most educational assistance based on the criteria that school has chosen. Students do NOT have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.


  • Title I schools:
  • 1. Set goals for improving the skills of educationally disadvantaged students at their school.
  • 2. Measure student progress to determine the success of the Title I program for each student.
  • 3. Develop programs for each individual student in order to support/supplement regular classroom instruction.



How does ETC Montessori fit with Title I programs?


The best way to understand how the Montessori method meets the requirements of Title I programs is to take each individual point that designates the purpose of Title I, and compare it to how ETC Montessori operates and functions in designing and publishing our materials.


  • Smaller classes or special instructional spaces - In general, Montessori schools are known for maintaining smaller student to teacher ratios. Many public and charter schools also provide additional assistants in the classrooms so that they may be able to continue maintaining the low ratios.

    • Opportunities for professional development for school staff - Continuous professional development is important if teachers are to stay ahead of current neuroscientific research as well as implement higher thinking skills. The fact that the Montessori method is over 100 years old doesn't mean that it is a static approach, or that new ideas are not integrated into the method. ETC Montessori is one of the few approved organizations that are able to provide *CPE credits both through AMS as well as state agencies. Professional development courses and consulting services are provided through ETC Consulting.
    • Extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need - Many of the materials that ETC Montessori provides are designed to be able to meet standards. Additionally, ETC Montessori has designed materials which bridge curriculum gaps that many traditional Montessori programs exhibit. ETC materials are needed in order to show that they are and can meet current standards. As such, we make every effort to provide teachers with additional information so that they have a clear picture of how to teach the concepts. The resources and activities we provide are exhaustive in nature thus provide ample opportunities for the child to absorb the concepts.
    • A variety of supplementary teaching methods - ETC Montessori believes in the completeness and thoroughness of the thought process. What this means is that while other Montessori material manufacturers and publishers like to divide their items into smaller packages to maximize their profit, ETC believes in supplying the teacher with all the necessary items so that they can have the best and most effective teaching approach. Everything that the teacher needs is included in the materials they purchase.
    • An individualized program for students - The Montessori pedagogy by nature is an individualized approach to teaching. The materials that you receive from ETC Montessori offer multiple opportunities for practice and implementation of a central idea or concept. Therefore, several groups may use the same materials to explore individual interests and knowledge.
What ETC Montessori reading materials can I implement with Title I?



To get a better picture of the ETC Montessori reading program please visit

Here, you will find the majority of the components that cover the complete reading spectrum.


Our approach is based on a project format, and is an excellent source to use as a reading intervention program. Lessons may be conducted for 30 minutes a day and are specifically designed to to improve reading achievement. Our approach begins with kindergarten, providing the well known pink, blue, and green Montessori reading techniques. Our popular e mergent reading program provides additional support that helps teachers understand where to place students in the curriculum and how to monitor their progress. Our unique, systematic instruction to learning letters and sounds; segmenting, blending, and integrating; word reading; word recognition; and sentence reading provides the structure and support needed to create successful readers.



What ETC Montessori math materials can I use for Title I Math?



One of the most comprehensive sets of math programs on the market today is the ETC Montessori Math Task cards. The program takes every Montessori math concept in the lower elementary level and divides them into facts and operations. It then applies every single Montessori math material toward real world problems. Each card is double-sided, with the Montessori mathematical concept on one side, and a real world application problem on the back side. From simple to complex, our approach promotes mathematical success for all students, especially those who are struggling with their core math program.

Our trusted approach uses a drill with the Montessori materials first, followed by practice with a predictable, easy-to-use lesson format.


The program is flexible and adaptable to fit a variety of intervention settings including after-school, summer school, as well as additional math instruction during the regular school day.


Teachers can quickly figure out where a student belongs in the curriculum progression, and can easily provide targeted intervention. Each card provides extensive practice so that students have ample opportunities to practice core concepts and retain new ideas.


Each real world application is depicted in a format that will allow students to become familiar with standardized assessment techniques and will lessen the anxiety that is often associated with testing.