Tarrytown Schools awarded $323,000 Grant

Tarrytown Middle SchoolAs 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

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