2019 Grants & Resources

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Does your school have a special project or need that just isn’t in the budget right now? Consider exploring the world of education grants. This month’s post includes resources for finding appropriate grants and writing excellent grant applications!

Grant Writing Resources:

Searchable Grant Databases:

Technology & STEM Grants:

Other Grants & Resources:

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Finding & Keeping Good Teachers

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In March, administrators often begin to take notice of the hiring needs for the next school year. The process of finding new quality teachers can prove to be quite a trying journey. This begs the question, what can school leaders do to both find new quality teachers, and keep the excellent educators already working in their schools? This month’s resources are devoted to both pieces of this challenging question.

Keeping Excellent Teachers: 

Teacher retention is often one of the biggest hurdles facing administrators. Aside from higher salaries (often something budget restrictions won’t allow), here are the four research based areas that influence teacher retention. 

  1. Build a Positive School Culture- Live your school’s vision & mission. Encourage learning and growth for both students and teachers. Make communication a priority. Be present. Celebrate the successes of your staff!
  2.  Create a Supportive Community Environment- Focus on creating a community of continual learning and quality instruction. Involve families and the community. Provide opportunities for collaboration & create a structure of support and open dialogue. 
  3. Provide Opportunities for Learning & Development- According to a recent study about Millennials in the workforce, 42% of Millennial workers said that learning and development was the most important benefit when choosing a job (second only to healthcare at 48%). Continued learning is important to today’s teachers!
  4. Establish a Mentoring Program- Mentoring builds community and benefits not only new teachers, but veteran teachers as well. Encourage mentor partners to meet regularly and share ideas & feedback. 

For more information and research on keeping quality teachers, check out these articles: 

Finding New Quality Teachers: 

Finding quality teachers is a difficult area for everyone.  Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you begin this important process:

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Does Data Drive Your Decisions?

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“It’s midnight, do YOU know where your students are?” We all remember this commercial as parents and children, but as administrators and teachers, we are all too familiar with the comparable restless anxiety surrounding student achievement. As educators we wake up worrying about our students, our efforts, and our impact. The question we must begin to ask ourselves is, academically, behaviorally, socially, do we really know where our students are? Data tracking can be a great way to begin to answer that question openly and honestly with our school community. Collecting data is a game changer for schools that want to make informed decisions around student progress and instruction. This month’s resources are devoted to tackling the terrifying but transformative use of data in your decision making.

Assessment Data:

Check out this article from The 74 Million describing how private schools in Florida just like you are using assessment and data to make major academic gains for low income students!

Emotional & Social Data: 
Getting Started:
Creating a Data Culture:

Resource Alert!

Check out these scholarship opportunities from the League of Christian Schools!

The Importance of Honest Feedback about Student Progress

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It’s time to ask ourselves as educators the hard question. Are we communicating clear, coherent, actionable, timely, and honest information about student progress?

 “More than 90 percent of American parents, across socioeconomic lines, believe their kids are on or above grade level, meaning they can successfully tackle the core work for students of their age. They are on-schedule, so to speak, to be ready for college and long-term success in work and life.

Consider that only 39 percent of the more than 2 million students who took the ACT in 2017 earned college-ready scores in at least three of the test’s four subjects. Of the 1.8 million students in the Class of 2017 who took the SAT, only 46 percent met or exceeded college and career readiness benchmarks. About 70 percent of high school graduates go straight to college, but many of them arrive unprepared and in need of costly, time-consuming remediation before they can do college-level work. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly half of them do not earn a degree within six years.

The hard truth: Most students are less educated than their parents believe.”

                                                                       Source: EdNavigator, “Muddled: How Confusing Information from Schools is Failing American Families”

Read the full EdNavigator article complete with case studies!

Are you feeling concerned about having the clear, honest, and difficult conversation with some of your parents? It’s important to remember (and to remind your teachers) that in order to build a positive growth mindset in our students, we must first be honest about the real progress or lack of progress our students are making!

Check out this article from Edutopia on Framing Difficult Feedback for Parents.

Remember good feedback includes clear, coherent, actionable, timely, and honest information about student progress. One assessment or assignment should not tell the whole story of a student’s academic status. Consider the option of creating a student portfolio of work. This way, students and parents can see a more complete picture of performance and growth in the classroom. This may even be a great way of initiating student-led conferences in your classroom!

Read this article from Edutopia on creating student portfolios and introducing student-led conferences.

Don’t forget!  Step Up for Students offers free Professional Learning courses on Student-Led Conferencing.

 


Check Out these Resources for Students with Unique Abilities!

Shriners Hospitals for Children is teaming up with the legendary rock band Foreigner to remake a classic and sell the group’s CD’s as a fundraiser. The band is donating a version of their chart-topping song, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which was recently recorded and sung by band members and children who are Shriners patients in Tampa. Watch this inspirational video and see how you can help support the Shriners Hospital right here in Florida! Click here to learn more!

 

For schools serving students with unique abilities, the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is a wonderful resource.  FDLRS Centers across the state provide an array of instructional and technical support services to school district Exceptional Student Education programs statewide. The four central functions of each FDLRS Associate Center are Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology.  Find your local FDLRS center for free professional development related to serving exceptional student education, parent information and training, adaptive technology resources and much, much more!

 

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Inspiring Resources for the Winter Break

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Rest & Recharge With These Resources Over The Winter Break!

Are the mid-year blues making you feel a bit overwhelmed and drained? The holiday break can be a great time to relax and recharge your educational batteries. We’ve compiled some resources below to reignite your passion for education, and to provide you with some inspiration over the break!

Read: Thought-provoking articles to encourage your mid-year reflection and resolutions for the New Year.

Refresh: Inspiring videos from teachers and administrators to reignite your passion for education.

 

Revitalize: Upcoming webinars to further your professional learning and inspire new ideas for your school!

 


Updates & Reminders from the Office of Student Learning-

  • Don’t forget to nominate your students for our annual Rising Stars event! Nominations are due by January 4th. Nominate here!
  • Mark your calendars for the SUFS FTC & Gardiner Conference on June 20 & 21st at Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, FL.

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SUFS Professional Learning Conference June 20 & 21, 2019!

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We are thrilled to announce that Step Up For Students will be hosting a state-of-the-art Professional Learning Conference June 20 & 21, 2019. This two-day conference will feature a dynamic, national keynote speaker, content-rich breakout sessions, an exhibit hall and opportunities for networking with schools including an evening reception with showcase schools.  Please watch your emails and the Bulletin Board for a Call for Presenters and Early Registration information!