The Mayfield Central School District is slated to receive a $121,125 grant from the New York State Education Department to help teachers and administrators ensure all students are college and career ready.
The Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grant is a two-year grant that will fund activities around two main goals:
1. Increase the number of students enrolled in the district’s in-house special education program that graduate with a Regents diploma.
2. Increase the number of students entering science, technology, engineering or math fields (STEM) after high school.
The grant is contingent on the district receiving state approval of its teacher and principal evaluation plan (Annual Professional Performance Reviews or APPR). Mayfield submitted its APPR plan for state approval in August.
SED announced last week that Mayfield is among 32 school districts in the state with a STLE grant application that ranked high enough to qualify for funding, and just 17 districts with APPR plans already approved received the grant.
The grant will fund activities during the 2012-2013
and 2013-2014 school years, including:
• special education-related training for teachers and the introduction of special education coaches
• the introduction of literacy coaching and a literacy class and
• the development of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) infusion program
“This grant will help build a comprehensive approach to recruitment, development, support, retention and equitable distribution of effective teachers and leaders in our schools” Superintendent of School Paul Williamsen said. “We face a significant budget gap for next year so it is essential we find all the support and resources we can.
Williamsen wrote the grant application in cooperation with the Capital Region BOCES Grants & Development Service.
Public school districts and public charter schools with at least 25 percent of students who are from low-income families were eligible to apply for the STLE grants.