Director of Teaching and Learning / Federal Programs and Curriculum Instruction

The Office of the Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for ensuring district curriculum meets Ohio's Learning Standards and is being delivered in an effective way to all students. Additional information on supports provided can be found below.

District Testing Information

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McKinney Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program

The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program is to ensure that all children and youth, including preschoolers, have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education as non-homeless children and youth.
The Every Student Succeeds Act emphasizes the educational stability of vulnerable students, including students experiencing homelessness. Schools and districts must provide services comparable to services offered to students who are not experiencing homelessness in accordance with this act and other provisions of the law. These offered services include:
  • Transportation services 
  • Educational services for which the child of youth meets the eligibility criteria, such as services provided under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq) or similar State or local programs
    • Educational programs for children with disabilities, and
    • Educational programs for English learners
  • Programs in career and technical education
  • Programs for gifted and talented students
  • School nutrition programs
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Imagination Library of Ohio

The most effective way to prepare children for Kindergarten is by reading to them and providing access to books. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ohio offers free books to children in order to foster a love of reading and positive caregiver relationships. 

What is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library?
Children receive one book per month, delivered right to their home, until their 5th birthday.

When Should Parents Register?
Caregivers can register as soon as the child is born. If registered at birth, they will receive 60 books over the course of the program.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The Niles City School District has been involved in extensive school-wide PBIS training. The framework is designed to create effective systems to teaching while addressing academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills within buildings. The systematic approach is geared towards positive communications and practices improving outcomes for ALL students through a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Each building has developed their own behavior matrix for students. This information can be found on building webpages.
The process focuses on four integrated elements:
  1. Data collection for decision making
  2. Evidence based interventions and practices that support varying student needs which is multi-tiered
  3. Systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices
  4. Continual progress monitoring to ensure outcomes are met
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Title I - Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

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Title II A - High Quality Professional Development

This program is intended to increase student academic achievement by improving the quality of teachers and principals by: 
  • Increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms and reducing class size; 
  • Increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; 
  • Increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. 
Title II, Part A provides agencies with the flexibility to use these funds to create ways to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.

Title III - Limited English Proficient

This program is designed to improve the education of limited English proficient children and youth by helping them learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. The program provides enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth. Funds are distributed to states based on a formula that takes into account the number of immigrant and limited English proficient students in each state. States must develop annual measurable achievement objectives for limited English proficient students that measure their success in achieving English language proficiency and meeting challenging state academic content and achievement standards. Schools use these funds to implement language instruction educational programs designed to help limited English proficient students achieve these standards.


Antoinette D'Urso, Director
P: 330-989-5095
F: 330-989-5096

Diana Mostoller, Admin. Asst.
P: 330-989-5095 ext. 4020

Niles Board of Education
309 N. Rhodes Ave.
Niles, OH 44446
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