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    Elevate Rural Florida
    Posted on 10/14/2019

    Elevate Rural Florida
     is a
    2019 School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG 2019)
    provided through
    The U.S. Department of Education
    and
    The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC)

    Gadsden County School District (GCSD)

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    PAEC and the GCSD were awarded the 2019 School Climate Transformation Grant by the US Department of Education. This discretionary grant is for $3.5M over 5 years and benefits the students and teachers of Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor School Districts.

     

    Grant Objectives

    School climate plays a critical role in the potential success and school experiences of a student. Students who learn in positive learning environments are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life. Recent studies on school climate have focused on the many different elements and indicators of the overall quality of a school's climate, and its relationship to academic and behavioral outcomes.

    This 5-year, $3.5M grant will service Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor School Districts. Over the course of the five-year project period, it will serve 700 instructional and leadership staff and impact the lives of over 13,000 K-12 students. The project will integrate evidence-based solutions for implementing and enhancing MTSS with restorative, equity-focused, and culturally responsive practices to achieve three primary goals:

    1. Improve school climate through enhanced quality, fidelity, and consistency of MTSS implementation;
    2. Reduce inequities, including racial, socio-economic, and other high-need student disparities in discipline and academic performance, through tiered implementation of culturally responsive evidence-based practices; and
    3. Develop sustainability through family engagement and community partnerships.

    Project activities include: Providing staff with professional development (PD) and technical assistance in implementing Multi-Tiered Support Systems (MTSS) with fidelity; Facilitating job-embedded Professional Development, coaching, and regional Professional Learning Communities for implementing evidence-based practices, including restorative justice and social-emotional learning; Hiring regional, cross-district mental health specialists to support expanded school mental health, safety, and substance abuse prevention activities; Integrating academic, behavioral, and social-emotional data for problem-solving and decision-making; and strengthening connections between schools, families, and community service agencies.

    The project is designed to achieve the following intended outcomes: increased MTSS fidelity and consistency; increased student, educator, and family engagement; decreased disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and expulsions (including those related to drugs and alcohol); decreased rates of student substance abuse, depression, and anxiety; improved academic performance; decreased subgroup disparity in discipline and achievement; and improved school climate at the targeted high-need schools outlined below:

    LEA

    School

    Location

    Total students

    % Free and Reduced Lunch

    Franklin

    Franklin County School

    Eastpoint, FL 32328

    865

    100%

    Gadsden

    Gadsden County High School

    27001 Blue Star Hwy, Havana, FL 32333

    977

    100%

    Gadsden

    West Gadsden Middle School

    200 Providence Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

    677

    100%

    Gadsden

    James A. Shanks Middle School

    1400 W King St, Quincy, FL 32351

    387

    100%

    Jefferson

    Jefferson County Middle-Somerset Charter School

    50 David Road, Monticello, FL 32344

    172

    87.7%

    Jefferson

    Jefferson County High-Somerset Charter School

    50 David Road, Monticello, FL 32344

    180

    79.5%

    Jefferson

    Jefferson County Elementary-Somerset Charter School

    50 David Road, Monticello, FL 32344

    417

    76.4%

    Liberty

    Liberty County High School

    12592 NW Myers Ann St, Bristol, FL 32321

    340

    100%

    Liberty

    W. R. Tolar K-8 School

    14745 Hwy 12 S, Bristol, FL 32321

    495

    100%

    Liberty

    Hosford Elementary Jr High School

    16827 FL-65, Hosford, FL 32334

    359

    97.2%

    Madison

    Madison County High School

    2649 US-90, Madison, FL 32340

    124

    94.8%

    Madison

    Madison County Central School

    2093 US-90, Madison, FL 32340

    510

    100%

    Madison

    Greenville Elementary School

    729 Southwest Overstreet Avenue, Greenville, FL 32331

    996

    100%

    Taylor

    Taylor County Middle School

    601 E Lafayette St, Perry, FL 32347

    559

    100%

    Taylor

    Taylor County Elementary

    1600 E Green St, Perry, FL 32347

    578

    100%

    Taylor

    Taylor County High School

    900 N Johnson Stripling Rd, Perry, FL 32347

    711

    100%


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