07-22-2014 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #17


Title
Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grant

Discussion
The purpose of the Florida Department of Education (FLDE) Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grant is to enhance the advanced academic performance of students who are gifted. This competitive opportunity requires districts to develop innovative and imaginative redesigns of instruction and collaboration to develop higher level skills through challenging activities. The district proposal will create a series of two symposium opportunities for all teachers assigned to teach gifted students. During the first symposium in the fall teachers will receive current and relative training on best practice strategies for teaching gifted students. Teachers will create an implementation plan and be given time to return to their classrooms to carry out their plans. At the second symposium in the spring teachers will reflect on the implementation to identify effective strategies. Through a partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF) the second symposium will also involve instructional presentations. Instructional presentations on current trends for teaching gifted learners and brain research will be conducted by UCF professors from the Colleges of Education and Medicine. Outcomes of the implementation will be documented by the district and made available to assist any teacher seeking to improve their pedagogy in meeting the needs of gifted students. The grant proposal is due via U.S. mail to the FLDE by 4:00 P.M. on August 1, 2014. A copy of the grant proposal will be available in the district grant development office on July 31, 2014. The item is submitted as required by board administrative procedure 6111 section one for permission to write and submit the grant.

Recommendation
Approve the writing and submission of the Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grant.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 7/22/2014

Authority for Action
2014 Appropriations Act and Catalog for State Assistance #48.040; Section 1011.75, F.S., and Rule 6A-7.099, Florida Administrative Code

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Partial

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
1535,000No100TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact
Robin Novelli, Director High School Programs, EXT: 310 Nancy Howser, Accelerated Programs Resource Teacher, EXT: 322