District Selected to Receive Grants
The Fox Chapel Area School District is receiving grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The district will receive two $25,000 grants (for a total of $50,000) to mentor another school district as part of the Governor's Expanding Excellence Pilot Mentoring Grant Program. A total of 17 school districts in Pennsylvania were selected to receive grants as part of the program, four from Allegheny County. The grants will allow Fox Chapel Area School District teachers to mentor educators in two other school districts to help them implement ideas to improve student performance. The goal of the program is to pair high-performing schools with lower-performing schools to increase student achievement.
"It's a compliment to our staff and administration that state officials have found programs that we have implemented worthy to be shared with other districts," said Fox Chapel Area School District Superintendent Gene Freeman, Ed.D.
Based on the 2012-2013 School Performance Profile, public schools with a score of 90 percent or higher were eligible to apply for mentor grants and 55 mentor grant applications were received by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Applicants were required to analyze strategies, processes, and techniques and design research-based models or training tools that can be used by schools across the state to improve student performance. The 17 grant recipients will share their work with their peers at the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) School Leadership Conference in October and will showcase their models at the Standards Aligned System Institute in December.
"I congratulate these schools for their strong record of academic progress, and I applaud each of them for their willingness to work with their peers to improve student performance," Governor Tom Corbett said when he announced the grant winners September 16, 2014.
Fox Chapel Area School District officials will now select a mentee from a list of interested public schools. Both schools will work together to implement strategies in the mentee's school to improve student achievement. The mentee schools selected will each receive a $10,000 grant to replicate the research-based strategies and to develop training tools.