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A work group has recommended the adoption of Charlotte Danielson’s framework as the standards for teaching in South Dakota. The expectation is that the standards would be used to help teachers grow in their profession.

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Grants available for out-of-school-time programs

Applications for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are now being accepted. Schools, community organizations and other nonprofits that work together to enhance youth education may apply. Grant awards range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year for five years. The deadline to apply is Feb. 18, 2011.

The purpose of the 21st CCLC grants is to strengthen outside-of-school-time opportunities, such as after-school, Saturday and summer programs that support student learning and development and help students meet performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and math. The grants help the sponsors provide academic enrichment activities and activities that complement regular academic programs to students who attend high-poverty schools or schools identified for school improvement.

The South Dakota Department of Education anticipates awarding up to seven grants. In order to qualify for the grants, the applicant must be serving students from school districts in which 40 percent or more of the students qualify for free and reduced-price meals or be a schoolwide Title I school or district.

Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law’s specific purposes are to:

(1) Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services, to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas) meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics;
(2) Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities such as youth development activities; drug and violence prevention programs; counseling programs; art, music and recreation programs; technology education programs and character education programs, designed to reinforce and complement participating students’ regular academic programs; and
(3) Offer literacy and related educational development opportunities to the families of students served by community learning centers.

An application is available at http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/21cent.asp. Applicants must submit the original and four copies of the application. To be eligible for the grants, the applications must be postmarked by Feb. 18, 2011. For more information, contact Sue Burgard or Jill Cotton at the Department of Education, (605) 773-3134.