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Guam DOE Gets $20.6M Federal Grant to Support Student Achievement

Guam - Superintendent Jon Fernandez has announced that Guam DOE has been awarded a grant worth $20,645,898. The funds come from Title V, Part A Consolidated Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

The money will be used to support the island’s efforts to improve student achievement.

These federal funds will support these areas of focus:

Local education reform efforts consistent with and supporting statewide education reform efforts.
Implementation of promising educational reform programs and school improvement programs based on scientifically based research.
Provide a continuing source of innovative and educational improvement.
Implementation of programs meeting the educational needs of all students, including at-risk youth.
Implementation of education programs to improve school, student, and teacher performance.

“This is welcomed news as we continue to work toward helping all children achieve success in education and in life,” said Fernandez.

“Through this grant, we can address the needs of our students by promoting effective teaching, involving parents and families, and strengthening curriculum and assessment,” said Fernandez. “As usual, we are committed to meeting the compliance requirements of the grant, but it is important to also focus on performance, so we can ensure that our investment in our children yields results.”

Summary, Title V-A Consolidated Grant Programs
A summary of the Title V, Part A grant programs awarded funding from U.S. DOE. Derived from the Executive Summary of the overall grant application submitted by GDOE Aug. 2012.

Program No. 1: Improving Student Learning & Achievement (ISLA) Program
The Improving Student Learning and Achievement (ISLA) program consolidates two existing Title V-A Consolidated programs: Standards & Assessment and the School Level Improvement Program (SLIP).   The ISLA program serves as GDOE’s overarching project regarding its curriculum, instruction and assessment practices. It also will provide for the basic professional development needs of teachers, administrators, teacher assistants, as well as school and district personnel in order for them to support and successfully implement the District's Content Standards and Performance Indicators, and the Common Core State Standards.

Program No. 2: Research Proven Strategies for Student Success RPS3 Program
This program provides participating schools the opportunity to take specific components of a scientifically, researched based curriculum, intervention or strategy such as Direct Instruction (DI), Success For All (SFA), Johns Hopkins Talent Development (JHTD), Response to Intervention (RTI), Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP), Classroom Instruction that Work (CITW),  etc. for English/Language Arts and Math (and other content areas that are in alignment to DOE K-12 Standards and Common Core State Standards),  and tailor each component to the needs of the population being served with the understanding that challenges may differ from school to school.

Program No. 3:  Programs for Extended Teaching And Learning (PETAL) Program
The Programs for Extended Teaching And Learning (PETAL) program seeks to help make a difference in more students’ lives by providing them extended academic assistance which would help ensure that they successfully learn and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace, college, vocations and life in general.  The SLIK Summer Learning (formerly Summer School Program) and Eskuelan Puengi (night school) programs, along with the I-HELP tutoring activities are now reconfigured under the PETAL umbrella. The move unites programs with similar focuses and aims to promote better collaboration, resource-sharing and networking. Consolidating these once separate projects helps to maximize both time and resources.

Program No. 4: Prugraman Inagofli’e’ Program
The goal of Prugraman Inagofli´e´ (indigenous Chamorro word meaning to have friendship, harmony and understanding among each other) is to create a safe and positive learning environment that promotes social and academic success. To achieve this goal, (GDOE) will implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support™ (PBIS) to serve as the framework wherein schools will utilize evidence-based practices necessary for building a positive school culture that promotes both social and academic success. More importantly, PBIS is a systemic and systematic approach for change within schools and across the district.   It provides proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in order to create a positive school environment and is designed to develop coping skills among students. Additionally, it helps develop interventions for both GDOE school personnel and students when addressing inappropriate behaviors.

Program No. 5:  Alternative Education Program
This program addresses the needs of at-risk students who are in danger of dropping out of school.  It consists of an alternative school setting for students from 11 to 18 years of age who have been expelled or suspended for major offenses on middle and high school campuses.  This program includes character education instruction, small and large group counseling sessions, and a basic academic curriculum.

Program No. 6: Parent-Family-Community Outreach Program (PFCOP)
This program is geared towards at-risk students, in particular, students of migrant families coming from neighboring Asian countries and the Freely Associated States (FAS) with multiple high risk socio-economic characteristics.  Social and educational support services are provided to students and their families in the hopes of providing them with comprehensive assistance that would help each child succeed academically and develop socially.

Program No. 7: English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
This program identifies, assesses, and meets the developmental needs of English Learners, focusing on the four communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Much needed instructional materials and resources will be acquired to support the implementation of the GDOE and Common Core State Standards and professional development opportunities will be provided to teachers to help them better meet the needs of English Learners in their respective classrooms.  Management activities and monitoring procedures will be implemented to ensure compliance of federal and local mandates.

Program No. 8: Advanced Studies Enhancement Project (ASEP)
This project entails four (4) components.  The expected outcomes related to these objectives are:  an increase in the number of teachers trained in effective teaching instructional strategies, particularly teachers who teach honors courses or advanced classes; an increase in the number of course offerings for Advanced Placement; an increase of the number of STEM educational resource kits available to teachers; and an increase of eligible students having access to both AP courses and the Dual Enrollment Programs.

Program No. 9: Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) Program
GATE is designed to improve services to gifted and talented students through on-going professional development for teachers and staff so they can challenge students both academically and creatively.  It utilizes an enrichment program based on a qualitatively differentiated curriculum in accordance with the National Technology Standards for Students and the GATE Curriculum.  This program includes a Special Events Program, a Visual and Performing Arts Program, and a technology component to the Academic Program.

Program No. 10: Enhancing Education Through Technology – Gateway to Success
The overall goal of this program is to provide a learning environment conducive for students to become technology-literate.  The project is designed to expand technology use in the classrooms by providing more hardware and software; repair damaged network infrastructure for Internet access; and provide professional development for teachers to use these technologies.

Program No. 11: Teacher Retention Program
This program endeavors to support and retain new teachers by offering mentoring as a primary form of new teacher induction.  Experienced, qualified teachers will be selected and trained in a variety of mentoring strategies and will meet on a regular basis with first year teachers to discuss, among other things important to new teachers, classroom management, school operations, teaching strategies, and stress management.

Program No. 12: Department of Education Extended Day (DEED) Program
DEED is an academic and enrichment intervention after-school program that supplements the school’s regular educational program in Language Arts, Reading and Math to children in grades K-5th who are at-risk.  This program provides homework assistance, access to computers and library materials, and promotes a positive home-school relationship.

Program No. 13: Prugraman GIHA
This program is designed to develop Chamoru Language and Culture Content Standards and Performance Indicators for the additional grades (7th – 10th), and create and develop resources to support these additional standards.  The program’s three (3) main objectives are:

To develop Chamoru Language and Culture Content Standards and Performance Indicators for grades seven (7), eight (8) and nine (9) ten (10).
To develop additional Chamoru language and culture supplementary instructional materials.
To provide staff development training for program teachers in Chamoru language and culture and implementation of the additional grade level standards and performance indicators.  

Program No. 14: Guahan Academy – Literacy Academy
This project addresses the academic and career-technical education needs of Guam’s most vulnerable secondary level students, (a) those who experience additional barriers to educational achievement, such as second language issues and cultural assimilation, as well as (b) those from economically disadvantaged families or (c) those with disabilities.  This project will provide individualized literacy instruction, counseling, social skills training, service learning projects and job coaching opportunities to students enrolled in the Guahan Academy Charter School’s Literacy Academy.  The Literacy Academy of the Guahan Academy Charter School is specifically designed to meet the academic, social, and vocational needs of these most vulnerable populations.

Program No. 15: Guam Community College – Career Technical Education
This program focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and employability attitudes through implementation of the career and technical education curriculum and applied academics.  It includes Allied Health, Automotive Technology, Construction (Carpentry and AutoCAD), Early Childhood Education, Electronics and Computer Networking, Marketing, Tourism, Visual Communications, and Early Childhood Education.  It requires supplemental instructional materials and computer technology to assist students to develop necessary job performance skills and technical knowledge.  The program includes regular classroom instruction and laboratory activities, mentoring, job shadowing in various work settings, and extra-curricular activities.

Program No. 16: Department of Youth Affairs Community Reintegration Project
The program is designed to therapeutically reintegrate Guam public and private school students, whom are wards of the court, to function in their school, home, and community environment. This program involves close supervision provided by the parents/legal guardians, through an agreement with GDOE Liheng Famagu’on (Children’s Shelter) School and Department of Youth Affairs.

Program No. 17: Private, Non-Profit Schools
This program provides funds for supporting educational improvement to children attending private non-profit educational institutions and is based on relative enrollments of the total number of children enrolled in public and non-public schools.  Secular programs relating to the individual needs are funded at each school or group of schools and primarily relate to the use of technology in the classroom (computers and educational software).

GUAM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GOALS


In line with the Title V-A Consolidated Grant Innovative Program and the adopted District Action Plan, each project focuses on GDOE’s educational goals:

GOAL 1: All Guam Department of Education students will graduate from high school prepared to pursue post-secondary education on or off-island or to assume gainful employment within the public or private sector.

GOAL 2: All students in the Guam Department of Education will successfully progress from grade to grade and from one level of schooling to another in order to maximize opportunities to successfully graduate from high school.

GOAL 3: All Guam Department of Education personnel will meet high standards for qualifications and on-going professional development and will be held accountable for all assigned responsibilities.

GOAL 4: All Guam Department of Education’s school facilities will meet high standards for health and safety and provide optimal conditions for learning objectives.

GOAL 5: All Guam Department of Education’s operations activities will maximize the critical uses of limited resources and meet high standards of accountability.

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