School Improvement Grants

Two WCPS schools awarded $2.6 Million in educational supports
This is the image for the news article titled Two WCPS schools awarded $2.6 Million in educational supportsThis week, Wayne County Public Schools announced during a presentation to the Board of Education that two of its schools were among 19 in the state recently awarded federal School Improvement Grants (SIGs). Brogden Middle and Carver Heights Elementary will each receive a $1.3 million infusion of professional development, leadership support, financial incentives for success, coaching, and other valuable capacity building supports over the next five years.

“We are very excited to receive these federal transformation grants,” states Tamara Berman-Ishee, WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “Our district is highly committed to seeing these two schools move from low performing to high performing schools, and these grants will compliment local efforts currently underway to transform how teaching and learning occurs in the classroom.”

This school year will be a planning year for the grants. In addition to current instructional supports being put in place for the 2016-2017 school year, the SIGs will provide both schools:

• Fulltime SIG Specialist to administer the grant and facilitate Principal/Leadership Coaching
• 3-Year Instructional Leadership Institute for staff
    o Modules led by state and national experts
    o Focus on Differentiation, Curriculum Engineering & Design, and Purposeful Instruction for High Needs/At Risk Students
• Implementation of a Model READY! Classroom
• 3-tiered stipend system
   o $1,000 stipend for completion of work and capstone project for each year of the Instructional Leadership Institute
   o $500 stipend for Core Area and EC teachers who complete annual requirements of the ILI AND who demonstrate Exceeded Growth on state EOC or EOG assessments
   o Awarding of $500 stipend to all instructional staff, support staff, and school administrators if the school can demonstrate as a whole Exceeded Growth on state EOC or EOG assessments
• Summer Academic Enrichment Camps
• Thematic focused Parent Engagement Nights

“In addition to all of the instructional and leadership building supports, we are very excited to offer Parent Engagement Nights and Summer Academic Enrichment Camps,” states Antonia Johnson, WCPS Director of Federal Programs. “Typically, parents interested in sending their child to an academic enrichment camp would have to travel out of town to a hosting educational institution on top of having to pay for their child to attend. These Summer Academic Enrichment Camps will be held locally, be completely free of charge, and offer meals and transportation to all Brogden Middle and Carver Heights Elementary students who attend.”
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