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Cass Lake-Bena Secondary, Ponemah Elementary, Red Lake Senior High and Waubun Secondary were among 19 schools that received funding from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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The MDE announced Thursday nearly $24.5 million in School Improvement Grants were given to 19 of the consistently lowest-achieving schools.

Cass Lake-Bena was awarded $1,059,036 from the MDE; Ponemah Elementary was given $1,070,635; Red Lake Senior High was awarded $1,250,413 and Waubun Secondary accepted $1,400,000.

Seven schools that applied for grants were determined to not have the means necessary to fully and effectively implement the turnaround strategy plans by September 2010. These schools will have the opportunity o reapply for more than $13 million in SIG funds in 2011.

According to the MDE, the department will work with these schools that were not selected this year for the grant to develop the capacity necessary to engage in dramatic change. This includes inviting the principals to participate in the Principals Academy.

Schools receiving SIG funds are expected to implement the chosen turnaround model in its entirety by the first day of the 2010 school year. In addition to implementing one of the four intervention models, applicants selected for funding were required to conduct the following activities:

E Hire a Turnaround Officer or establish a Turnaround Office to be involved in the day-to-day management of turnaround efforts at the district level.

E Provide additional time and resources for educators to collaborate and access high-quality, job-embedded professional development opportunities.

E Add at least an hour of additional instructional time per day.

E Hire a full-time site administrative manager with duties similar to those of an assistant principal, freeing up other administrators to focus on the instructional program.

E Ensure that each principal successfully completes the Minnesota Principals' Academy to help them perform effectively in the turnaround environment.

All 26 schools that applied for the SIG grants, according to the MDE, submitted an application and participated in interviews. Interviews allowed the opportunity for schools to clarify and provide additional information on their application. The applications and corresponding summary reviews for all 26 will be posted to the MDE website within 30 days.

Y awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

Cass Lake-Bena Secondary, Ponemah Elementary, Red Lake Senior High and Waubun Secondary were among 19 schools that received funding from the Minnesota Department of Education.

The MDE announced Thursday nearly $24.5 million in School Improvement Grants were given to 19 of the consistently lowest-achieving schools.

Cass Lake-Bena was awarded $1,059,036 from the MDE; Ponemah Elementary was given $1,070,635; Red Lake Senior High was awarded $1,250,413 and Waubun Secondary accepted $1,400,000.

Seven schools that applied for grants were determined to not have the means necessary to fully and effectively implement the turnaround strategy plans by September 2010. These schools will have the opportunity o reapply for more than $13 million in SIG funds in 2011.

According to the MDE, the department will work with these schools that were not selected this year for the grant to develop the capacity necessary to engage in dramatic change. This includes inviting the principals to participate in the Principals Academy.

Schools receiving SIG funds are expected to implement the chosen turnaround model in its entirety by the first day of the 2010 school year. In addition to implementing one of the four intervention models, applicants selected for funding were required to conduct the following activities:

E Hire a Turnaround Officer or establish a Turnaround Office to be involved in the day-to-day management of turnaround efforts at the district level.

E Provide additional time and resources for educators to collaborate and access high-quality, job-embedded professional development opportunities.

E Add at least an hour of additional instructional time per day.

E Hire a full-time site administrative manager with duties similar to those of an assistant principal, freeing up other administrators to focus on the instructional program.

E Ensure that each principal successfully completes the Minnesota Principals' Academy to help them perform effectively in the turnaround environment.

All 26 schools that applied for the SIG grants, according to the MDE, submitted an application and participated in interviews. Interviews allowed the opportunity for schools to clarify and provide additional information on their application. The applications and corresponding summary reviews for all 26 will be posted to the MDE website within 30 days.

awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

Cass Lake-Bena Secondary, Ponemah Elementary, Red Lake Senior High and Waubun Secondary were among 19 schools that received funding from the Minnesota Department of Education.

The MDE announced Thursday nearly $24.5 million in School Improvement Grants were given to 19 of the consistently lowest-achieving schools.

Cass Lake-Bena was awarded $1,059,036 from the MDE; Ponemah Elementary was given $1,070,635; Red Lake Senior High was awarded $1,250,413 and Waubun Secondary accepted $1,400,000.

Seven schools that applied for grants were determined to not have the means necessary to fully and effectively implement the turnaround strategy plans by September 2010. These schools will have the opportunity o reapply for more than $13 million in SIG funds in 2011.

According to the MDE, the department will work with these schools that were not selected this year for the grant to develop the capacity necessary to engage in dramatic change. This includes inviting the principals to participate in the Principals Academy.

Schools receiving SIG funds are expected to implement the chosen turnaround model in its entirety by the first day of the 2010 school year. In addition to implementing one of the four intervention models, applicants selected for funding were required to conduct the following activities:

- Hire a Turnaround Officer or establish a Turnaround Office to be involved in the day-to-day management of turnaround efforts at the district level.

- Provide additional time and resources for educators to collaborate and access high-quality, job-embedded professional development opportunities.

- Add at least an hour of additional instructional time per day.

- Hire a full-time site administrative manager with duties similar to those of an assistant principal, freeing up other administrators to focus on the instructional program.

- Ensure that each principal successfully completes the Minnesota Principals' Academy to help them perform effectively in the turnaround environment.

All 26 schools that applied for the SIG grants, according to the MDE, submitted an application and participated in interviews. Interviews allowed the opportunity for schools to clarify and provide additional information on their application. The applications and corresponding summary reviews for all 26 will be posted to the MDE website within 30 days.

Y awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

Cass Lake-Bena Secondary, Ponemah Elementary, Red Lake Senior High and Waubun Secondary were among 19 schools that received funding from the Minnesota Department of Education.

The MDE announced Thursday nearly $24.5 million in School Improvement Grants were given to 19 of the consistently lowest-achieving schools.

Cass Lake-Bena was awarded $1,059,036 from the MDE; Ponemah Elementary was given $1,070,635; Red Lake Senior High was awarded $1,250,413 and Waubun Secondary accepted $1,400,000.

Seven schools that applied for grants were determined to not have the means necessary to fully and effectively implement the turnaround strategy plans by September 2010. These schools will have the opportunity o reapply for more than $13 million in SIG funds in 2011.

According to the MDE, the department will work with these schools that were not selected this year for the grant to develop the capacity necessary to engage in dramatic change. This includes inviting the principals to participate in the Principals Academy.

Schools receiving SIG funds are expected to implement the chosen turnaround model in its entirety by the first day of the 2010 school year. In addition to implementing one of the four intervention models, applicants selected for funding were required to conduct the following activities:

- Hire a Turnaround Officer or establish a Turnaround Office to be involved in the day-to-day management of turnaround efforts at the district level.

- Provide additional time and resources for educators to collaborate and access high-quality, job-embedded professional development opportunities.

- Add at least an hour of additional instructional time per day.

- Hire a full-time site administrative manager with duties similar to those of an assistant principal, freeing up other administrators to focus on the instructional program.

- Ensure that each principal successfully completes the Minnesota Principals' Academy to help them perform effectively in the turnaround environment.

All 26 schools that applied for the SIG grants, according to the MDE, submitted an application and participated in interviews. Interviews allowed the opportunity for schools to clarify and provide additional information on their application. The applications and corresponding summary reviews for all 26 will be posted to the MDE website within 30 days.

awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

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