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State grant will expand teacher learning, expand use of best teaching practices

February 27, 2014

The South Glens Falls Central School District was recently awarded a $397,375 Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) 3 Grant from the New York State Department of Education. The grant money will be focused on expanding curriculum and instructional initiatives for students through professional development and support for the district educators.

South Glens Falls was one of 42 school districts and charter schools to be awarded money through the state, and the grant funding will run from March 2014 through June 2015.

“Additional funding dedicated to curriculum and instruction during these challenging economic times couldn’t come at a better time,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “This grant will allow us the opportunity to expand curriculum and instructional initiatives and focus attention on the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.”

Funds will be directed towards teacher and principal leadership in the areas of:

  • data driven instruction,
  • curriculum development and alignment,
  • professional development activities for all staff,
  • summer curriculum work,
  • ELA and Math coaches, and
  • supporting additional instructional teacher leaders (ITLs) at the elementary and secondary levels.

The grant funds will enable the district to establish roles among its teachers and administrators with specific tasks, such as analyzing curriculum, instruction and assessments, mentoring teachers or principals, helping to improve curriculum and working to improve the students’ learning experience.

“We hope to use these funds to, above all, improve the student learning experience and outcomes by providing our staff with professional development and support through changing curriculum and standards ,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Kristine Orr. “We’re pleased that the state believes in our vision for achieving success.”

In a press release, State Education Commissioner John King said, “This is about supporting our educators and helping our students succeed. Districts across the state are already using the STLE grant to successfully develop and support effective educators. Research shows the best way to help students succeed is to have effective teachers and principals in every school building. The STLE grants are an important part of our implementation of the higher standards we’ve set for our students. The grants will help more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.”


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