CCSD Awarded Highly Competitive $19.4 Million Race to the Top Federal Grant
The Charleston County School District is one of 16 applicants nationwide to receive the Race to the Top grant. CCSD had the eighth best composite score nationally. The US Department of Education received over 370 applications representing 1193 school districts. This is the second of two large federal grants CCSD has received in the past few months. The first grant was the Teacher Incentive Fund grant totaling $23.7 million. In all, CCSD has been awarded more than $43 million in federal grants in the past few months!
The grant funds will help CCSD increase personalized learning environments in 19 target schools in the feeder patterns for Burke, Stall, and St. John’s high schools. The goal of the grant is to create learning environments that are designed to improve learning and teaching significantly through the personalization of strategies, tools, and supports for students and educators that are aligned with college and career ready standards. Some of CCSD's proposed activities include: school and district training, new data resources, and a multitude of technology upgrades that would benefit approximately 9,500 students.
"Personalized learning focuses on our students’ individual learning goals and needs, and develops critical skills such as goal setting, teamwork, critical thinking, communication and, creativity,” says Superintendent Nancy J. McGinley.
“This grant announcement, coupled with the recent announcement regarding our $23.7 million Teacher Incentive Grant award, positions the district for truly remarkable success over the next few years. Students and parents should be extremely happy. This infusion of resources directly supports our Vision 2016 goals.”
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