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A+ School of Excellence 2017 - 2018

Awards to Arizona PreK-12 Public Schools and
Public Charter Schools for Educational Excellence

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF)

Conf. Date:

08/22/17

Deadline Date:

01/12/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Awards of $500 to an Arizona preK-12 public schools that demonstrate educational excellence. Winning schools will demonstrate sustained high achievement or significant improvement, as well as an exceptional ability to meet students' academic and non-academic needs.

The A+ School of Excellence™ award is a powerful energizer for increasing public confidence in recognized schools, often resulting in greater parent and community involvement and support.

This program was created to:

- Identify and recognize exemplary public schools throughout the state;
- Make available a comprehensive framework of key criteria for school effectiveness that can serve as a basis for participatory school self-assessment and planning; and
- Facilitate communication and sharing of best practices and outstanding practices within and among schools based on common criteria related to success.

Schools that wish to apply should have the following characteristics:

- Schools submit applications that provide demographic information, a description of current programs and practices, documentation of parent and community involvement, a profile of the school’s leadership and commitment to excellence, equity, service.
- Schools must demonstrate sustained high achievement or significant improvement through assessment data.
- Winning schools are recognized for their superior ability to identify and meet the academic and non-academic needs of their student population.

Schools that ultimately earn the A+ School of Excellence™ designation consistently:

- Model quality and equity
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to academic excellence
- Meet rigorous teaching and learning standards
- Respond successfully to the changing environment of education
- Cultivate learning-centered, safe school environments
- Support the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of all their students
- Focus on the individual needs of every child
- Are recognized for their superior ability to go above and beyond the norm in providing services to children, families, and the local community
- Demonstrate high or improving levels of student achievement
- Model innovation in classroom instruction and programs
- Implement goals through extensive collaborative involvement of parents and community
- Provide evidence of high levels of satisfaction and consensus
- Unify all stakeholders in assuring quality and equity in all aspects of the school’s programs
- Engage all stakeholders in strategic thinking and planning toward continuous improvement

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175507

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each school receives $500 and a banner designating it as an A+ School of Excellence™.

All staff and faculty at awarded schools are eligible for partial scholarships from Argosy University/Phoenix: 20% for a Master’s degree and 15% for both Undergraduate and Doctoral degrees.

Term of Contract:

Schools that earn the A+ School of Excellence™ designation retain their status for a 3 and 1/2 – year period after which time they must reapply for the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arizona schools that demonstrate sustained high achievement or significant improvement through assessment data may apply. Schools must demonstrate a commitment to excellence, equity, service.

Additionally, all of the following criteria must be met:

1. The school must be a public, or public charter school with some combination of grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

2. School must be rated by the Arizona Department of Education as an “A” or “B” school for the 2016-17 school year and must demonstrate high student academic achievement or growth over time for all students through other assessments (see questions 34 and 35 on the application in Supporting Documents).

3. The school must be in at least its sixth full year of operation in its current (or similar) grade configuration when the application is submitted.

4. The school or school district is not refusing Office of Civil Rights (OCR) access to information necessary to investigate a civil rights complaint or to conduct a district-wide compliance review.

5. The OCR has not issued a violation letter of findings to the school district concluding that the nominated school or the district as a whole has violated one or more of the civil rights statutes. A violation letter of findings will not be considered outstanding if OCR has accepted a corrective action plan from the district to remedy the violation.

6. The US Department of Justice does not have a pending suit alleging that the nominated school or the school district as a whole has violated one or more of the civil rights statutes or the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

7. The school must not have been recognized as an A+ School of Excellence™ in 2015, 2016, or 2017. Previously recognized schools are eligible to reapply after their three and ½ year status has expired.

8. The school’s principal must have completed at least three full years as leader of the applicant school when the application is submitted.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational meetings will be held on the following dates:

Central Phoenix Meeting on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
West Valley/N. Phoenix Meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Tucson/Southern AZ Meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Chandler Meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Flagstaff/Northern AZ Meeting on Thursday, September 7, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 PM

See links in Contact Information below to register.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- July 2017: Applications are made available to schools statewide and posted online.
- Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM: Applications are due to Arizona Educational Foundation.
- Early February 2018: Schools are selected and notified of site visits.
- February through mid-April 2018: Site visits are conducted.
- Mid- to late-April 2018: A+ School of Excellence™ winners are announced.

Contact Information:

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

Register for informational meetings below:

- Central Phoenix Meeting on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-info-meeting-central-phoenix-tickets-35446261723?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

- West Valley/N. Phoenix Meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:30 – 5:00 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-info-meeting-nw-valley-phoenix-tickets-35446366035?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

- Tucson/Southern AZ Meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:30 – 5:00 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-info-meeting-tucsonsouthern-az-tickets-35446445272?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

- Chandler Meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 3:30 – 5:00 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-info-meeting-east-valleyphoenix-tickets-35446487398?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

- Flagstaff/Northern AZ Meeting on Thursday, September 7, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-info-meeting-flagstaffnorthern-az-tickets-35446514479?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard

Begin the application process by reading the requirements and proceeding to the online application:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2599916/A-School-of-Excellence-Application

For question, contact:

Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director
bobbie@azedfoundation.org

Lee Nelson, Program Director
leenelson0@me.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona