Dissemination Grants Corner: School To School
Dissemination grants empower successful charter schools to share proven best practices information and assistance with both charter and traditional public schools. Project deliverables available to charter school developers, charter school operators, and traditional public school educators often include individual technical assistance, conference and workshop presentations, online and hardcopy manuals, CD-ROMs, and more.
Dissemination Grant Eligibility
Dissemination grant recipient schools should be avenues of educational reform and choice, offering more students the opportunity to learn to rigorous academic state content standards. Charter schools that have been in operation for at least three years, have audit reports free of exceptions and deficiencies, and have demonstrated overall success are eligible to apply for a dissemination grant. According to federal law, "overall success" of a charter school includes substantial progress in improving student achievement; high levels of parent satisfaction; and the management and leadership necessary to overcome initial start-up problems and establish a thriving, financially viable charter school. Pending federal approval of its grant application, the California Department of Education (CDE) will advertise minimum eligibility criteria.
Applying For a Dissemination Grant
Please see the current Public Charter Schools Grant Program Dissemination Grant Funding Profile [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=2354] for application forms and further information.
Active Dissemination Grant Projects
Dissemination grant projects are available to support both public charter and traditional schools. Projects from older grant cycles are generally more established, and more readily available to share with others. A few recipients whose projects have ended are continuing to disseminate information on a limited basis. Contact Dissemination Grant recipients directly for further information regarding their grant projects.
March 2005 Grant Cycle Projects [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/as/pcsgpdismar05.asp]
Topics: Participatory governance; home study; increasing student achievement and parent satisfaction; best practices in elementary education and developing new schools; best practices in auditing; best practices in educational innovations and accountability; English language learner curriculum; Core Knowledge curriculum; improving academic achievement in science; strategies for at-risk students; working with diverse learning populations.
2005-06 Grant Cycle Projects [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/as/pcsgpdis0506.asp]
Topics: Integrating the arts into standards-based learning; best practices for English language learners; propelling low achieving students to college; standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment, and reporting tools.
2006-07 Grant Cycle Projects [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/as/pcsgpdis0607.asp]
Topics: Project-based learning; parent involvement; middle school leadership program.
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