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  • The Exceptional Team Award is no longer available through the School Improvement Grant office 

    The Educator Mini-Grant is an opportunity for teachers and staff to work together on particular instructional or school-wide issues that cannot be addressed through regular PD or common planning time.  Grantees must apply in teams of 2 to 6 people, and can receive up to $1,000 per teacher. To see the mini-grant application, please click here

    School Improvement Grant schools are challenging and working at a SIG school is like being in the NBA of schools--only those who strive to be the best will succeed.  Like with any sports team though, the collective is much more powerful than the individual,  the  Educator Mini-Grant highlights what we believe is at the heart of school improvement--team work, hard work, and the courage to try new things together.



  • EXCEPTIONAL TEAM AWARD: Markham Middle School MESA Advisors (April 7, 2014)

    Going the distance, Philip Gerlach and Oscar Espinoza at Markham Middle School coached their students to a win in the 2013 MESA National Engineering Design Competition. However, this is not everything that the teacher team has done for students: “Our team works by finding areas of student interest and then we strive to build opportunities for the students to learn and experience the knowledge first-hand. We work hard and we expect our students to work hard. This is our recipe for success!” Click the link above to find out what else they do to help transform kids’ lives.

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  • MINI-GRANT UPDATE: South East High School Geometry Team--"No Pressure!" (March 17, 2014)

    The South East High School Geometry team has been hard at work on their mini-grant, titled “CCSS Geometry Curriculum Extension for Trigonometry & Statistics Assessment/Writing.” This project is the second mini-grant they have received from the SIG Office, with the first one focusing on piloting four separate projects and supporting lessons integrating the Common Core State Standards. Any SIG team is eligible to submit a mini-grant application for up to $10,000, and projects have ranged from professional development, parent engagement, dropout prevention, and afterschool mentoring program. Click on the link above to learn more about the SEHS Geometry team's work and for more information about the min-grant application.

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  • EXCEPTIONTAL TEAM AWARD: East Valley High School English Department (February 26, 2014)

    Congratulations to the English Department at East Valley High School, winners of the first Exceptional Team Award in 2013-14. Says Kathryn Gullo, Department Chair, "At the end of Spring 2012, during a department meeting, we looked around and realized, it was time for a change. We were aware that the Common Core Standards would prompt a new way of working and, having analyzed the data, the department realized that we needed to build a collaborative, consensus-driven model." Click the picture or link above to learn more about the team's transformation.

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