As part of New York State’s participation in the Federal government’s Race To The Top program, The New York State Education Department has awarded the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns a Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness grant in the amount of $323,003.
The grant is tied to the district’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system, which was submitted to the State and approved earlier this year. It is intended to address a district’s approach to recruitment, development, retention and distribution of effective teachers and school leaders.
Tarrytown’s proposal centers on four initiatives.
- Enhancing the current Teacher Mentor Program and implementing an Administrator Mentor Program in collaboration with the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center.
- Partnering with Manhattanville College to offer selected teachers the opportunity to participate in their Teacher Leadership Certificate Program at a reduced cost to the District.
- Collaborating with Bank Street College of Education for participation in their Future School Leaders Academy.
- Partnering with Bank Street College of Education to further enhance the abilities of administrators in the areas of teacher supervision, observation, evaluation and APPR implementation requirements.
The grant covers a two year period lasting from October 31, 2012 through June 30, 2014