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Applications for Smaller Learning Communities Grants Available

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Department of Education is now accepting applications for the Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) grant program. According to the Federal Register notice inviting applications, the SLC program awards discretionary grants to LEAs to support the restructuring of public high schools with enrollments of 1,000 or more students into smaller units for the purpose of improving academic achievement in these schools. These smaller units include freshman academies, multi-grade academies organized around career interests or other themes, ‘‘houses’’ in which small groups of students remain together throughout high school, and autonomous schools-within-a-school. These structural changes are typically complemented by other personalization strategies, such as student advisories, family advocate systems, and mentoring programs. Each application must address two absolute priorities: preparing all students to succeed in postsecondary education and career; and common planning time for teachers.

Notice of Intent to Apply: July 15, 2010

Application Submission Deadline: August 6, 2010

The Department is estimating that there is $32 million available to award grants to up to 14 states. Each grant will be for a period of five years. For more information please see the Department of Education’s Web site.

By Nancy in Public Policy
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NSF Grant Allocated to South Dakota Career Clusters Program

Friday, March 26th, 2010

South Dakota Department of Education targeted a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation towards the enhancement, expansion and development of new initiatives in secondary career clusters programs.

The monies will fund school projects focused on four career clusters: science, technology, engineering and math; information technology; health science; and agriculture science. Projects range from dual-credit opportunities in information technology to courses in pre-engineering and biosciences. The career clusters programs are aligned with the objectives of South Dakota’s High School 2025 initiative, which aims to educate students and families about career opportunities and prepare them for postsecondary education.

The grant is part of NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, which is designed “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.”

The education department received 19 applications from schools to receive funding during this grant cycle. South Dakota officials awarded eight schools with funds:

• Alcester-Hudson High School • Brookings High School • Canton Middle School • Chamberlain High School • East Dakota Educational Cooperative • Mitchell High School • Platte/Geddes High School • Sioux Falls middle schools

For more information, visit South Dakota’s EPSCoR website.

By Erin in Career Clusters®
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