CCSD Lead Story - November 28, 2012
Charleston County School District (CCSD) has been named one of 61 finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top, a highly competitive multi-million dollar grant for districts illustrating innovative work with a focus on personalized learning. "With this grant, CCSD would be able to implement sophisticated technology and put advanced personalized learning objectives into place, and this could greatly help us in achieving our Vision 2016 goals," says District Superintendent Nancy J. McGinley.
372 applications representing 1,193 school districts were submitted, and CCSD is one of only two districts from South Carolina represented among the finalists." The U.S. Department of Education anticipates giving 15-25 district awards and will announce the winners in late December, with the 4-year grant period beginning in January 2013.
CCSD would work to increase personalized learning environments in 19 target schools if awarded the requested $19.4 million. Proposed activities include: school and district training, new data resources, additional personalized learning and student support staff, and a multitude of technology upgrades which would benefit approximately 9,500 students. The target schools—selected based on the grant requirement to strategically focus on high-potential schools—include the Burke, Stall, and St. John’s feeder schools.
"Personalized learning focuses on our students’ individual learning goals and needs, and develops critical skills such as goal setting, teamwork, perseverance, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and problem solving," says Dr. McGinley.
For more information on the Race to the Top district competition, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/.