A sampling of grants currently supporting innovative programs in Cincinnati Public Schools:
Duke Energy Foundation Grant
The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to support Cincinnati Public Schools’ STEM teacher certification.
The Duke Energy STEM grant will support 16 teachers and coaches, from five CPS schools — Bond Hill Academy, Roselawn Condon School, John P. Parker School, Pleasant Hill Academy and W. H. Taft Elementary School. It will impact over 300 students.
With this funding, CPS’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers and coaches can complete the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) certification program, founded at Rice Institute. This tuition-free, viable professional development opportunity allows teachers to work online at their own pace. Completion of the NISE program gives participants access to low-cost, accelerated master’s and doctorate degree programs through the American College of Education.
The certification program’s content addresses creating learning environments, building scientific understanding, and engaging students in science and engineering practices. Online work will be supported by on-site training and coaching sessions. The certification program begins in August, and teachers must complete training by April 2018.
The check presentation from the Duke Energy Foundation took place at the June 12, 2017, CPS Board of Education meeting.
Future CLASS for Diverse Learners – Straight A Grant
In Fall 2013, Cincinnati Public Schools and Princeton City Schools (PCS) joined forces through a five-year, $14.5-million Ohio Department of Education Straight A Grant to implement the Future CLASS for Diverse Learners project. The two districts are partners with Xavier University and the Hamilton County Title III Consortium to provide increased classroom resources for English Language Learning (ELL) students. The grant provides professional development for classroom educators to assist students in developing skills necessary to meet the learning needs of this increasingly diverse student population, and reduces spending in the two district’s five-year financial forecasts, further engaging ELL families through shared resources in the classroom and maximizing the consortium’s return on investment.
The consortium creates cross-disciplinary schoolwide teams that include the ELL specialist, content-area teachers who teach English-language learners, counselors who specialize in the needs of ELLs, key school administrators, and other staff to provide a well-rounded educational experience. The Future CLASS project provides the educational teams high-quality professional development through SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) training and the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement, as well as access to appropriate and readily available resources needed to engage and serve the parents of this demographic group, many of whom may not speak English.
This grant also allowed CPS to purchase districtwide licensing for Rosetta Stone, an online language-learning software program, and to offer free Rosetta Stone accounts to CPS students, staff and parents.
Cincinnati Public Schools is Ohio's third-largest school district, serving 34,000 students in preschool to 12th grade, with a growing ELL population representing 5.1 percent of the total student body, hailing from more than 100 countries and speaking 70 different languages.
Princeton City Schools is a diverse community serving about 5,000 students, of which about 900 students (20 percent) represent a quickly growing ELL population. Princeton's enrollment represents a diverse ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural student body.
For information on available grants or to request help with a grant, contact:
District Grant Writer