A five-year $750,000 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership will allow the Sparta Area School District to improve learning through common programming and best instructional practices.
“Project Bold Shift” will increase K-12 military/federal affiliated student achievement in reading and increase college and career readiness of military/federal affiliated students through professional development of teachers in disciplinary literacy, professional learning communities, and WICOR strategies used through AVID programming. AVID, an evidence-based college and career readiness program, will be implemented as an in-class support.
“These monies will support the professional development of all teachers and increase the effectiveness of educators in the classroom,” stated Liz Dostal, Director of Instruction.
“While the grant targets increasing military student achievement, all students in the Sparta Area School District will benefit. We are honored to have been chosen for this grant opportunity.”
The grant included SAILS, Maplewood Elementary, Lakeview Montessori, Meadowview Middle, Sparta High, Meadowview Intermediate, Southside Elementary, and Lawrence Lawson Elementary. The school district serves students whose parents are assigned to Fort McCoy, Wis.
“This grant will boost our continuing effort to improve student learning through common programming and best instructional practice and occurs concurrently with an influx of military students as Operation Bold Shift begins at Fort McCoy,” Superintendent John Hendricks said.
“The goal of SASD’s Project Bold Shift is to increase K-12 military/federal affiliated student achievement in reading and increase the college and career readiness of military/federal affiliated students,” Hendricks said. “Through professional development of teachers in disciplinary literacy, professional learning communities, and WICOR strategies used as part of AVID programming as well as the implementation of AVID as an in-class support, all students will benefit.”
This is the fourth grant the Sparta Area School District has received from the Department of Defense Education Partnership Grant Program. A three-year grant at Meadowview Middle School will end in August and another three-year grant at Southside Elementary will end in 2016.
The Educational Partnership Grant Program is designed to ease transition of children from military families from attendance in DoDEA schools to attendance in public schools. The program provides assistance to support quality programs and strategies to improve academic achievement and learning outcomes of children of military members.
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