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Schools of Distinction Best Practice Grant

Grants to Qualified Connecticut K-12 Schools
to Share Successful Educational Strategies

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Connecticut State Department of Education

Deadline Date:

09/26/14 4:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to Connecticut to K-12 schools in order to promote successful educational strategies, such as collaborating with under-performing schools, and to recognize high-achieving schools. Eligible applicants are those high performing schools that have previously been commended for excellence.

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to: (1) recognize high-performing schools, and (2) facilitate and fund the sharing of best practices, particularly strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and educator evaluation and support systems.

Grant recipients will serve as “Spotlight Schools” and join a professional learning community to facilitate collaboration between high-performing and under-performing schools. In addition to the submission of a high-quality grant application (i.e., proposing a best practice strategy that is well established, innovative, positively impacts student achievement, and replicable), grant recipients must:
* Produce teacher videos describing and/or demonstrating the strategy proposed in this application;
* Attend and/or present at one or more quarterly meetings of Commissioner’s Network Schools;
* Prepare and deliver professional learning sessions at one or more quarterly Alliance District Convenings; and/or
* Host Commissioner’s Network and SIG schools for facilitated school visits.

At least 50 percent of the total grant award must go toward the sharing and/or replication of the best practice in additional schools. Grant recipients may spend up to 50 percent of the total grant award on investments benefiting the school of distinction.

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GrantWatch ID#: 146594

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated grant term will be from the award date, targeted for Fall 2014, through June 30, 2015.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All 2012-13 Connecticut Schools of Distinction are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity. See file below to view the complete list of eligible schools.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kelly Mero, CSDE Turnaround Office

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut