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September 27, 2011

Just Released!- CCSD Awarded Two Highly-Competitive Federal Grants

On September 27, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has awarded Charleston County Schools District (CCSD) two three-year grants totalling approximately $2 million. Both grants are focused on high-poverty elementary schools.

Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) Grant

The Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant will provide $1,000,000 to be used to expand arts-integrated instruction at four of CCSD's Title I elementary schools.

Over the three-year project, 73 third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers will be trained on how to effectively administer proven arts-integrated instruction to 900 students each year for a total of 2,700 children served.

Across the country, similar projects have been shown to reduce achievement gaps in reading and writing for English Language Learners (ELL), students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and minority students.

CCSD awarded two federal grantsCCSD will partner with Young Audiences, Inc. (YA) to provide sustained and intensive professional development to implement the evidence-based Arts for Learning model for arts integration. WestEd, a leading educational researcher, will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the program. Local arts organizations will work closely with each participating school to implement curriculum standards.

Though 91 districts across the country applied for the funds, only thirteen received the award. CCSD is the only district in the state selected.

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling (Mental Health) Grant

CCSD is one of only 43 school districts nationally to receive federal funds to expand or establish counseling services.

Research shows that having adequate counseling services can help reduce the number of disciplinary referrals in schools, improve student attendance and academic performance and enhance development of social skills.

The district will receive a total of $1,000,000 over three years and work closely with its partner Communities in Schools to expand mental health services. The funds will be used to provide social workers in five of the district's highest-need elementary schools.

Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by the grant.

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For more information about these or other grant awards, please contact CCSD's Office of Communication at (843) 937-6303.

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