Funding: Investing in Innovation (i3)

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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 Investing in Innovation (i3) grants?
Through Investing in Innovation (i3), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and nonprofit organizations with a record of improving student achievement will expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on: Improving student achievement or student growth Closing achievement gaps Decreasing dropout rates Increasing high school graduation rates Improving college enrollment and completion rates

How is i3 funding distributed?
i3 funds are competitive grants (Development, Validation and Scale-up) given to LEAs and nonprofit organizations that have significantly closed the achievement gaps between economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, students with limited English proficiency, students with disabilities; or have demonstrated success in significantly increasing student academic achievement for all groups of students; or have made significant improvements in other areas such as graduate rates or increased recruitment and placement of high-quality teachers and principals. In 2010, forty-nine i3 grants were awarded through a competitive process. In 2011, additional funding is planned to continue the support and expansion of these projects.

How can i3 funding be used?
Absolute Priorities Applicants must select one of the four absolute priorities: Innovations that Support Effective Teachers and Principals, Innovations that Improve the Use of Data, Innovations that Complement the Implementation of High Standards and High Quality Assessments, and Innovations that Turn Around Persistently Low-performing Schools.

Competitive Preference Priorities Applicants may also choose to write to any of four competitive preference priorities: Improve Early Learning Outcomes, Support College Access and Success, Address the Unique Needs of Students with Disabilities and Limited English Proficient Students, and Serve Schools in Rural LEAs.

What ScholarCentric solutions can be part of a i3 grant?
ScholarCentric’s middle and high school materials, technology, and services align well with i3 funding in the following categories: innovations that support effective teachers and principals, improve the use of data, complement the implementation of high standards and assessments, and turn around low-performing schools. In addition, its solutions are geared to helping support college access and success, address the unique needs of students with disabilities and limited English proficient students, and can service schools in rural LEAs.

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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