Hartford Public Schools Plans to Submit Race to the Top Grant

SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE   Issue 17   October 12.2012

Hartford Public Schools Plans to Submit Race to the Top Grant

Hartford Public Schools will apply to the Race to the Top District Competition due on October 30, 2012. Over 100 individuals have been involved in the review of this opportunity and proposal including central office staff, principals, teachers, parents, teachers’ union leaders, the Office of the Commissioner of Education, the Office of the Mayor, higher education and the University of Washington Center on Reinventing Public Education.

The focus of the Race to the Top District Competition grant is on creating personalized learning environments to support students’ college and career readiness.  

Hartford Public Schools is uniquely positioned because of the strong foundation that has been built during the reform work in 2007-2011 and the current Strategic Operating Plan’s focus on the Third Grade Promise, Middle Years Redesign and College Readiness. 

The objective of the Hartford Public Schools grant is to continue the forward trajectory and to support the key strategies of the district focused on relevant curriculum, quality instruction, school design, innovative leaders, capacity building and family and community engagement.   

The grant will focus on grades 6-12 and support key areas including
• personalized instruction in the classroom through the advancement of standards-based curriculum and assessment and by supporting the district’s SRBI (Scientific Research-Based Intervention) work
• advancing the Student Success Plans and student development at the middle and high school level including leadership opportunities
• Implementation of a college and career readiness plan including internships, the design of programs for students and their families including financial literacy and FAFSA workshops, college visits, college application support, and engagement in the Hartford Promise college access and scholarship program.  

A fundamental aspect of this work is the engagement of students, families and partners as a collective effort to personalize learning in a variety of ways and to advance college and career readiness.

It is expected that 15-25 grants will be awarded. Hartford Public Schools is eligible for a grant in the amount of $20-30 million over a 4 year period.  The Grants application is due October 30 with an announcement to be made in December 2012.


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