The Fayetteville School District has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help support the instructional program, focus on college and career readiness, and be proactive in addressing the dropout rate at Fayetteville High School, according to Christie Jay, Federal programs coordinator for the district.
This year's grant of $643,882 from the U. S. Department of Education will provide professional development opportunities for teachers to plan together and align concepts and curriculum for the personalized environments which will focus on improving the dropout prevention, increasing graduation rates and improving student achievement.
The grant award is the culmination of a five-year process that involved many staff members. The grant has a potential funding of up to $1,632,500, since it is revisited annually and can be renewed.
Steve Jacoby, principal of Fayetteville High School is leading a committee of 22 teachers in the effort to design the cross-disciplinary curriculum. Key to this effort is teacher leadership; teachers Denise Hoy-Whitfield, Emery Faulkner, Deanna Easton and Marianne Hauser, director of secondary instruction, have taken the lead in specific research areas in order to inform the entire group about best practices to meet the timelines and tasks of the committee. Dr. Evelyn Marbury, assistant principal at FHS, is the grant manager and will serve as the program director when it is implemented.
Teachers will use student data to inform and drive the curriculum, teaching, and learning and will create a profile of performance indicators to identify students who need intervention to help attain proficiency. An advisory program will be established to better prepare students for career and college.