Elevate 215 Announces $2.2 Million in Grants for Schools to Accelerate Academic Outcomes
Grants Invest in Research-Based Practices to help schools that are “Beating the Odds”
Philadelphia, June 8, 2023 – Elevate 215 today announced the award of $2.2 million in grants to accelerate outcomes at five Philadelphia schools that are “Beating the Odds” for their students with a track record of making academic progress.
The grant announcement, held at Juniata Park Academy, reflects Elevate 215’s commitment to support high-need schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods that are making significant academic progress. The grant recipients are district and public charter schools, and each of the five grantees will share a portion of the $2.2 million total over the next two years. All five schools were previously awarded planning grants from Elevate 215 to develop an evidence-based approach to improving academic performance.
The five grantees are Juniata Park Academy (K-8) in Juniata; Alliance for Progress Charter School (K-8) in North-Central Philadelphia; Middle Years Alternative School (MYA) (6-8) in West Philadelphia; the Morton McMichael School (K-8) in Mantua; and the Pan American Academy Charter School (K-8) in Kensington.
Educational leaders and civic leaders applauded the announcement that spotlighted examples of positive teaching and learning happening across the city.
Collectively, the school grantees serve 2,724 students, of whom 90% are Black or Hispanic, and 85% of whom are economically disadvantaged. To select the schools, Elevate 215 relied on a decade of research (2009-2018) on student outcomes in public elementary and middle schools to identify schools serving high-need populations whose students consistently achieved greater growth than their local and national peers during this span. To learn more about this Beat the Odds methodology, see here.
Under the terms of the grant awards, the schools will focus the new funding in the following areas:
|Grant Focus Areas
|Alliance for Progress
|Implementing a new, modern data system that provides better real-time information about how students are learning, and then training and coaching teachers on how to use the data to regularly adjust instruction to meet the needs of individual students. This will improve student performance in Math and ELA through building the capacity of leaders and teachers to better use data.
|Juniata Park Academy
|Building grade-level leadership to incorporate culturally responsive lessons into daily instruction to allow students with diverse backgrounds to better understand and connect with the curriculum. Increase overall student achievement in Math and ELA and decreasing the achievement gap between special education/non-special education students and English language learners (ELL)/non-ELLs.
|Reducing chronic student absenteeism and improving reading outcomes for students who are most behind via increased family engagement and tutoring.
|Middle Years Alternative
|Launching a career exposure and awareness initiative that features classroom and community-based activities to allow middle school students to discover and be accepted to the high school of their choice, increasing overall student achievement in Math and ELA through better meeting individual student’s academic and social-emotional (SEL) needs.
|Deploying a multi-tiered system of supports that uses data to help match academic and social-emotional behavior assessment and instructional resources to student’s needs, increasing Math achievement, and improving the retention of highly effective educators.
The grants will fund evidenced-based, promising practices such as establishing a data system that provides real-time information about how students are learning, and then training and coaching teachers on utilizing the data to adjust instruction on a regular basis to meet the needs of individual students. Other practices will include incorporating culturally responsive educational context and examples into daily instruction to allow students with diverse backgrounds to better understand and connect with the curriculum; and launching a career exposure and awareness initiative that features classroom and community-based activities to allow middle school students to discover and be accepted to the high school of their choice.