School Board of Pinellas County
Purpose: The School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative is a collaborative effort by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to increase educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation's lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.
The proposed School Board of Pinellas County's (PCS) School Turnaround AmeriCorps program (PCS-TAP), aligns with goals of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) for these schools and matches the PCS vision for school turnaround, to increase student achievement for all schools through the use of evidenced informed academic and engagement programs.
Sixteen full time AmeriCorps members and an additional 75 AmeriCorps member volunteers will support school turnaround efforts to improve the academic performance and engagement outcomes of at-promise students in three lowest-performing elementary schools: Fairmount Park, Lakewood, and Woodlawn. At the end of the three year grant period (August 2013 -- July 2016) each school will have:
* Improved academic performance in literacy through expansion of the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI), which will be delivered by trained and qualified AmeriCorps service members.
* Improved academic engagement by increasing participation in mentoring. AmeriCorps service members will be trained to implement the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration's, Check & Connect, which will decrease absenteeism and disciplinary referrals.
* Increased the number of tutors, utilizing University of South Florida Saint Petersburg student volunteer AmeriCorps members, resulting in an increase in academic achievement.
* Increased parent and community engagement by utilizing an AmeriCorps service member who is a parent of the school community to organize engagement activities and communication efforts.
The CNCS investment of $420,754 will be matched with the PCS in-kind amount of $448,806.