District Contending for National Education Grant
District 50 is in the running for a Bill & Melinda Gates Innovation Grant that could one day bring an additional $100,000 to every school in the District to focus on Next Generation Learning; in other words, help students prepare for careers of the future.
District 50 has joined with Colorado Springs School District 11, Thompson School District, The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Legacy Foundation to compete for the grant. Forty educational institutions have been invited to Houston, Texas this week to make a formal presentation. That group will be narrowed down to 20 in the near future.
“We are offering a unique concept to the committee,” said Sandy Steiner, Director of Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness for Adams 50. “We are the only proposal to incorporate multiple school districts, along with a private group and a state education department.”
The Colorado Legacy Foundation is a seven-year-old non-profit educational organization supporting education efforts in Colorado.
Steiner, who is going to Houston, joined Superintendent Pamela Swanson and Chief Education Officer Oliver Grenham for a meeting with CDE to fine-tune the presentation.
Samantha Long, Director of Initiatives at the Colorado Legacy Foundation praised District 50 for its reform efforts. “District 50 has made significant progress and we want to leverage their leadership,” she told CDE Commissioner Robert Hammond and his cabinet members.
If awarded, the grant will help to tackle what has become known as the Colorado Paradox. Because Colorado is such a desirable place to live, the state has a highly educated work force made up of people moving to Colorado. At the same time the state does not produce enough highly qualified graduates to fill the need.
Posted January 30, 2014