Funding: Promise Neighborhoods

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Success Highways has helped me change my attitude on how I think about school.”

- Roosevelt High School Student, San Antonio, TX

What are Promise Neighborhoods grants?
Promise Neighborhoods grants provide funding to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children in the most distressed communities by: supporting efforts to improve child outcomes, identifying and increasing the capacity to build a college-going culture, building a continuum of academic programs and family and community supports from cradle through college to career, integrating these efforts across local agencies, and evaluating the overall impact.

How is Promise Neighborhoods funding distributed?
The Promise Neighborhoods fund awarded one-year competitive grants in 2010 to support the development of a plan to implement a Promise Neighborhoods that meets the above criteria. In subsequent years, there will be competitive grants to implement the plans developed in 2010 and additional opportunities to apply for planning grants. Eligible entities include: nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education that must also: operate a school, or partner with at least one school in the geographic area, focus on a neighborhood in which there are multiple signs of distress, support cradle-through-college-to-career solutions, and be representative of the neighborhood proposed to be served.

How can Promise Neighborhoods funding be used?
The Promise Neighborhoods Program is intended to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the most distressed communities, and to transform those communities. Because the challenges faced by communities with high concentrations of poverty are interrelated, Promise Neighborhoods is taking a comprehensive approach designed to ensure that children have access to a continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutions, with strong schools at the center, that will support academic achievement, healthy development, and college and career success.

What ScholarCentric solutions can be part of a Promise Neighborhoods grant?
ScholarCentric’s middle and high school materials, technology, and services align well with Promise act at-risk student performance and academic resiliency, increase healthy development, and enhance college and career success.

The Success Highways Resiliency Assessments measure students’ aptitude in six resiliency areas that have been shown by research to dramatically impact academic achievement. The data reports provided after students take the Success Highways Resiliency Assessments provide educators with insight into the root causes of frequent absences, poor behavior, and low grades. When viewed in combination with attendance, coursework, and behavior data, educators have a complete picture of the whole student and can initiate interventions to more effectively support students’ needs.

The Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum develops the critical resiliency skills that are scientifically linked to improved student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates. Using Success Highways early-warning assessments, educators can identify which students are at risk of academic failure and/or dropping out and why they struggle. With Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum, teachers can assure that all students gain or maintain the ability to succeed in school.

ScholarCentric’s professional development services are designed to facilitate the creation of a district- or school-wide culture of resiliency. On-site or online sessions provide educators with the knowledge, skills and confidence to use resiliency data and teach the six skills that can dramatically impact student performance.

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