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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




STLE3 Grant update

Fort Plain utilizes grant money to Strengthening Teacher Leadership Roles in the District

Fort Plain teachers and administrators are aiming to improve instruction through The Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 3 (STLE3) grant awarded by the New York State Education Department for the 201-15 school year.

The $100,000 grant advances professional development and instructional leadership in New York state school districts. Aspects of the grant program also allow teachers and principals to share what they’ve learned with educators in their home districts, building a network of peer professional development that can be sustained into the future.

As part of this grant, the district was able to hire two Subject Area Specialists.: one for ELA and Social Studies, another for Math and Science, K-12. They will be involved in aligning curriculum with the Common Core Standards.

Additionally, five teachers and one administrator have been selected for continuing their college coursework to either obtain a degree or acquire additional certification. More teachers and administrators will be eligible to apply in the spring. In exchange, participants commit to at least an additional 2.5 years serving students in the Fort Plain School District.

“These teachers and administrators who choose to further their education will be able to share their knowledge not only with their students, but also with their colleagues. Ultimately, it transfers to a better education for all of our students,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton.

Professional Development opportunities continue to be made available to staff through various workshops and conferences. Speakers and consultants are bringing their expertise in implementing Common Core into the classrooms through this grant as well.