Title I Committee of Practitioners (COP)

Overview of the Title I Committee of Practitioners

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001, section 1903, requires each state that receives Title I funds to convene a Committee of Practitioners (COP) to advise the state in carrying out its responsibilities under Title I.

The duties of the COP include a review, before publication, of any proposed or final state rule or regulation related to Title I. In an emergency situation where a rule or regulation must be issued within a very limited time to assist local educational agencies with the operation of the Title I program, the state educational agency may issue a regulation without prior consultation. A meeting shall immediately thereafter be convened with the COP to review the emergency regulation before issuance in final form.

The membership shall consist of a majority of representatives from local educational agencies. It may include:

• administrators, including the administrators of programs described in other parts of this title

• teachers, including vocational educators

• parents

• members of local school boards

• representatives of private school children and

• pupil services personnel

The benefits of being a member of the committee of practitioners include the sharing of resources and best practices, the opportunity to influence policy around Title I issues and networking with other districts. Members of the COP include representation of districts from urban to rural, public, charter and non-public schools. The committee will come together to share often in small group discussions that allow for input from multiple perspectives. Members also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and share responses with district staff.

The criteria for COP membership are:

• Direct experience with Title I

• Knowledge of state and federal policy matters affecting Title I

• Commitment to attend all meetings

MDE will:

• See that agendas and accompanying documents will be sent out to each member at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting

• Start and end the meetings on time no exceptions

• Utilize a ‘parking lot’ for questions and see that those questions are answered either via print and/or be on the agenda for the next meeting.

All members will:

• Honor the commitment of attending all three scheduled meetings throughout the year.

• Arrive promptly and stay for the duration of the three-hour meeting

• Prepare for each meeting by reading the agenda and the accompanying documents sent out by MDE

• Have extensive knowledge of Title I, Part A

• Come prepared to acknowledge the agenda at hand

• Leave personal/district/charter agendas at the doorstep.

Immediately before the meeting participants will:

• Turn off cell phones

• Turn off computers unless used for note taking (Please do not check emails during the meeting)

During the meeting all members will have the following expectations:

• Remain engaged in the topic at hand with attentive, fair and respectful participation

• Communicate thoughtful contributions that enhance the work at hand without dominating discussions or activities

• Focus on solutions rather than problems

• Dispense with all side conversations

• Avoid jargon and acronyms while utilizing coherent language that all will understand.

MDE Travel Reimbursement:

• MDE will reimburse travel – related expenses for committee members.

• It is the member’s responsibility to complete the paperwork for reimbursement and return it to mde.esea@state.mn.us

Guest attendance:

Non-members may observe COP meetings.

Committee Member Terms

COP members serve a one-year term.