OCTOBER 8, 2015
California League of Schools to Partner with National Forum on Successful SEED Grant Project
Long Beach, CA (October 8, 2015) – The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform (National Forum) announced today that the National Forum and its partners, including California League of Schools (CLS), are among a select group chosen by The U.S. Department of Education (ED) to receive a Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant. SEED grants were awarded to 12 select recipients to support teachers and principals with evidence-based training and professional development, which creates learning and career growth opportunities for aspiring and current educators serving students in high-need schools. The three year award, in the amount of $5,833,806 will support professional development in four states (MI, NC, IL, CA) for teachers of mathematics and English language arts; two of the content areas that have been identified as essential for keeping students on-track for graduation.
California League of Schools will serve as the project lead for training in English language arts in all four states. It will focus on Common Core State Standards aligned academic language development using the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit by Dr. Kate Kinsella and Theresa Hancock, published by National Geographic Learning/Cengage. Similarly, the Institute for Excellence in Education in Michigan will train teachers in all states in the use of its Focused Instructional Model for math. In California, teachers in Moreno Valley Unified School District have been selected to receive the training.
Scott Steele, Executive Director of California League of Schools, commented, “Moreno Valley Unified School District's long standing efforts on behalf of teachers and students makes the district an excellent site for this national grant program.”
As part of the Power of Two grant, the National Forum has set the following goals to: increase student performance in math and English language arts assessments and improve teacher effectiveness through the use of research-based mathematics and English language arts programs -- designed specifically for high-need students.
“Our work will produce strong evidence and effective teacher practices, instructional routines, and strategies that can be learned and replicated in other middle-grades schools. We’re excited and ready to get started!” stated Dr. Deborah Kasak, Executive Director of the National Forum.
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