Last year, Oliver and Parklane Elementary Schools each received federal School Improvement Grants (SIG), which awarded more than one million dollars to each school over the next three years. The purpose of the grant is to transform the schools and improve student achievement by building capacity in school staff.
Last spring, both schools conducted a needs assessment process to implement positive changes to the academic program as well as to the school culture and climate. This year, school staffs are being trained in an approach to increasing student engagement called Responsive Classroom. Jorge Meza, Parklane’s Principal said, “Our School Improvement Grant is being used to assist our school in gaining the necessary resources to fulfill our mission of ensuring that all students reach their full potential.”
This program supports student engagement in class and supports teachers in building a positive classroom community. The school year is off to a great start; and staff, students, and families are excited for what’s to come at Oliver and Parklane!