The Georgia Department of Education is awarding $899,420 in Opportunity Grants to help school districts expand options and opportunities for their students. SCCPSS has been awarded multiple grants from those funds totaling $31,044. The funds will support opportunities in world languages, fine arts, physical education, summer learning, and Advanced Placement. “These grants allow schools and districts to continue to expand opportunities and ensure an excellent education for students across the state," Superintendent Woods said. “Education is more than just the core content areas, and this funding will ensure students have access to opportunities that prepare them for life and keep them engaged in school."
The Opportunity Grants awarded to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools include:
Advanced Placement (AP)
- AP Teacher Mentoring Grants will provide financial support for districts to design a mentoring program for teachers, including mentoring activities. The grant funds will allow schools to offer focused support to new or experienced AP teachers who seek to improve their instructional practices.
World Language and Dual Language Immersion
- Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) grants will allow non-AP teachers to attend the AP Summer Institute training for their subject area to help districts build vertical alignment for access to accelerated learning in schools. The training will increase teachers' content knowledge and expand opportunities for students to participate in AP classes by providing teachers with in-depth content and strategies appropriate for high school courses.
- World Languages Innovation grants awarded to Johnson High School and Heard Elementary will provide opportunities to create and enhance existing programs and activities that connect world language instruction with other academic areas.
- A World Languages START-UP Dual Language Immersion grant to Gould Elementary will support the start of a new Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, thereby expanding access to these innovative programs in our community.
- A World Languages Sustaining Dual Language Immersion grant awarded to Windsor Forest Elementary will support the school's existing DLI program and teachers by providing resources to support DLI training and instruction.
- Fine Arts Consumables and Equipment (FACE) grants awarded to Islands High School, Largo-Tibet Elementary, and Hodge Elementary will allow fine arts teachers at the schools to implement sustainable fine arts education instruction initiatives to increase access to quality fine arts education.
The Opportunity Grants were made possible through federal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP – ESSER).