District awarded $382,000 collaboration grant

posted May 29, 2012, 8:47 AM by Corey Thompson
The Oregon Department of Education announced that Sherwood School District is one of 11 school districts in the state awarded an Oregon School District Collaboration Grant under Senate Bill 252. The district is slated to receive $382,825.37, to be spent during the 2012-13 school year.  Funds from the grant will be used by the District primarily for professional development and teacher release time for collaboration around the new Common Core State Standards, proficiency-based teaching and learning, and instructional technology.  

The District joined the CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) Project in 2007 and is one of the first three districts to participate in the program.  CLASS is an innovative education initiative designed to empower teachers and raise student achievement.  It is built around four components linked to effective teaching: expanded career paths, effective performance evaluations, relevant professional development, and new compensation models. The Collaboration Grant is closely linked to the CLASS initiative and geared towards districts prepared for implementation in these areas. 

Interim Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Steve Sugg, worked alongside a team of administrators and certified association leaders to write the grant.  “In these times of diminishing state revenue, grants such as this greatly help us to improve teaching and learning in our district.  This money will be pivotal in next year’s work,” said Sugg.