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Posted October 19, 2015

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Cleveland, JDC Win Grants to Support Clubs, Activities

The APS Education Foundation’s Success Awards are intended to make an impact at a schoolwide level.

The Foundation also awarded Success grants, worth $25,000 apiece, to Cleveland Middle School and to the district’s education program at the Juvenile Detention Center.

The APS Education Foundation’s Success Awards are intended to make an impact at a schoolwide level – an attempt to give school leaders some flexibility in creating or continuing projects/programs that affect a large number of students.

The Success Award will fund a latticework of clubs and activities that are intended to reach all of Cleveland's 650 students. The school based its proposal on the contention that student attendance and achievement rise when students are engaged and motivated, and when they are able to connect lessons from activities to the work they do in the classroom.

The JDC program is called Positive Academic Transition, and Success funding will help support and monitor released students as they transition from the center into the community. It will allow teachers to help them increase their literacy skills, plus provide more reintegration help and even some basic necessities.

Last year’s winners included Manzano High School, which funded a program aimed at improving its math scores, and an unusual collaborative proposal at two clusters – West Mesa and Valley – using STEM trajectory initiatives.

Success Awards are granted once a year. The APS Education Foundation will make two awards of $25,000 each. School principals may submit proposals in a competitive process. Ideas or projects that promote innovative school-level programs that have impact are encouraged.

The ultimate goal is to create a project – or continue a project – that advances student achievement in a measurable way.

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