Fort Plain awarded $100,000 grant to strengthen
teacher and leader effectiveness
The State Education Department (SED)
recently awarded the Fort Plain Central School District with a
$100,000 Strengthening Teacher/Leader Effectiveness (STLE 3) grant,
which allows it to create district-wide career ladders for teachers
and principals. This third round of grant funding starts in March
2014 and runs through June 2015.
The career ladder - which is a process
designed to formally progress a staff employee to a higher level of
job responsibility within his/her current position - will provide
staff with opportunities for professional development, additional
duties and compensation.
District leaders project that the career
ladder will support career opportunities for teachers in the form of
two teacher coach positions, as well as a new form of compensation
for teachers and principals such as tuition reimbursement.
The district currently has an informal career
ladder in place, but the goals for the ladder are to:
• Improve student academic achievement;
• Increase status for teachers;
• Clarify teacher expectations;
• Improve and clarify teacher standards; and
• Promote teacher growth.
Under New York State’s Race to the Top
application, the state committed to the creation of a teacher and
principal career continuum to provide recognition and advancement
for educators as they demonstrate increased performance.
According to SED, although career ladders
should provide teachers and principals career advancement
opportunities; they should also facilitate dialogue between teachers
and principals, allowing them to share their expertise with
colleagues to improve student achievement.
A key goal of career ladder opportunities is
to attract or retain effective and highly effective educators in
schools and therefore to improve the equitable distribution of
The grant application was written in
partnership with the Capital Region BOCES Grants & Development