Thursday, December 05, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
September 24, 2013
DALLAS -- Dallas School District has received nearly $320,000 in grant funding to implement improvement plans for teacher evaluations, career mentoring, compensation plans and professional development.
The district learned it had received the grant last week. It is paid for through the Oregon School District Collaboration Grant Program.
The program was created by the state legislature in 2011 to improve student achievement through teachers and administrators working together to establish new approaches to the aforementioned topics.
The grant will continue the work started during the 2012-13 school year by the district's "Design Leadership Team" comprised of teachers and administrators. Over the course of the year, the team crafted a plan to meet new standards on teacher evaluations, career mentoring, compensation and professional development. Dallas also received a $20,000 grant from the nonprofit Chalkboard Project's Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success (CLASS) to pay for that work.
"Basically this takes forward the work of the CLASS Design Team into this next year," Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry said Monday night at the Dallas School Board meeting.
Design Team leader and LaCreole Middle School teacher Jared Tesch said the grant resources will allow the district to take the ideas the team discussed and see them in action.
"This will give us an opportunity to advance a lot of ideas we've had for two or three years," Tesch said. "It's a paradigm shift, a lot of the things we've been doing. This actually just gives us the resources to actually do it."
In other business, the board:
* Approved the district's 2013-14 achievement compact. Achievement compacts are districtwide goals that schools try to meet during the school year to ensure students are making progress in learning. The compacts, the first of which was compiled for the 2012-13 school year, are submitted to the state each year.