Funding After School Programs, Math Camp and Professional Development
1. Federal grant - 21st CCLC program was created as part of the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who believed that “full educational opportunity” should be “our first national goal.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has hearkened back to that goal by calling to replace the outmoded No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and to create a new ESEA that moves America closer to the promise of equity and real opportunity for every child.
For more information on how the 21st CCLC program and the interagency collaboration contribute to this vision, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html.
2. Partner with another campus in your district or a nearby district - collaboration is the key word for the 21st century. In times of budget cuts you can still obtain the professional development you need!
Budgets are tight these days - we have severe shortages of cash and time. But, we have a plan for you! Our offer is not the "free professional development" offered by many service providers - which is essentially a one hour webinar, that is actually nothing more than a commercial designed to sell their services and products.
What we offer is a simple strategy which enables this on-site professional development - the real thing - actual, face-to-face, intensive full days of PD to take place.
Better still, you do not have to wait for one of those rare district-determined teacher inservice days - have this PD when you need it, and how you need it - without having to hire dozens of substitutes or canceling school for the day.
Let's face it, an hour or two before school or after school is not going to be sufficient for truly effective professional development. A day or two per year, especially when they are scheduled to take place immediately before the school year begins or immediately after the last day of school, is not effective, either. Teachers' brains and bodies need a rest after the hectic and harried last days of school. After all, they are humans, not machines.
And teachers have one thing on their minds right before school starts - the dozens of things they still have to do before the students arrive! Then, of course, there is the fact that there is literally no time for teachers to apply the learning from the PD by creating and/or modifying their curriculum. School starts tomorrow!
So what's the answer? As I've stated previously, "A little dab'll do ya!" might have been a great slogan for Brylcreem, but it won't work for professional staff development. If your goal is authentic learning and real change, then teachers must receive the support they need to succeed.
Read here about Effective Professional Development
Contact us to learn how we can provide free, on-site professional development for some or all of your staff!
Here is the 21st Century Schools Brochure which contains information about our services, including our workshops.