In 1988, P.L. 100-297 authorized the State Department of Education to establish a Title I Committee of Practitioners (COP). In accordance with this statute, the committee is to be composed of administrators, teachers, parents, representatives of non-public school children and representatives of neglected and delinquent institutions. The law requires all major proposed or final rules or regulations issued by the state be reviewed by the Committee of Practitioners. Beginning in FY1998, the COP became a cross programmatic committee. Under NCLB, renamed ESSA, the COP covers all ESSA programs that are in the Consolidated Plan.
Membership Section 1117 of Title I, describes the categories of membership. COP members serve overlapping three-year terms, with one-third of the terms expiring each year. In the spring a subcommittee annually reviews applications for vacancies and recommends new members to the full committee for approval. The membership committee is charged with assuring that the membership consists of each of the required categories and all parts of the state are represented. Members who have served 2 consecutive terms may apply to continue to attend non-voting emeritus members.
The COP generally meets 4-5 times per school year. Meeting agendas are developed by the Title I Deputy Associate Superintendent (DAS) in conjunction with the membership. Two co-chairpersons conduct the meetings. Each chair serves a two-year overlapping term. The new chair is selected by the membership at the first meeting of the year. The agenda is developed by the Title I DAS in cooperation with the membership.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the Community of Practitioners (COP) meetings, but must email to register. For questions, please email [email protected] or call (602) 364-1958.
FY21 Meetings - Due to the pandemic, all meetings will be held virtually.
The state of Arizona has a commitment to excellence and continued school improvement that ensures the best learning possible for our elementary, middle and high school students. This Title I recognition program is based on the Six Principles of Effective Schools and honors schools that have demonstrated innovation and outstanding results in one of the following categories: