ASD is implementing a Transformation Model, a federally mandated approach for the Title I 1003(g) SIG that is most acceptable for the district. The ASD SIG plan is very tightly aligned with the Pathways for Success Plan. The following initiatives will be implemented: expand administrative/supervisory teams to refocus on classroom instruction, required professional development on the Standards Aligned System and Resiliency, comprehensive revision of the teacher evaluation system, comprehensive data management system to track students as they move through the system and beyond, embedded professional development, continue certified trainers for the Reading Recovery, Success For All, and the Read 180 programs.Additional District initiatives will be integrated as a part of an over all district plan: 1. Re-organization of the curriculum department; 2. ESL facilitators serve as coaches to address instruction in ESL & mainstream classrooms; and 3. The use of learning strategies across the curriculum has proven effective in increasing the academic achievement of ELLs, coaches are integral to providing onsite support.
Safe Schools/Healthy Students InitiativeNCLB Title IV - 21st Century Schools,Part A-Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities, Subpart 2-National Activities; Public Health Service Act; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
US Department of Education, Office of Drug Free Schools (Federal - Direct) US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Justice
The project goals are:1) to provide the best possible safe school environment so effective learning can take place;2) to reduce the number of youth experiencing barriers to learning due to substance use and abuse;3) to enhance behavioral, social and emotional supports for all students; 4) to promote positive mental health to improve the academic success and social well-being of all students;5) to promote school readiness during the first five years of life by identifying and serving children and families in need of early intervention services. Key program elements include the following evidence-based programs: Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Gang Resistance Education and Training, Second Step, Strengthening Families Program, Parents as Teachers and Safe Dates. In addition, elementary level counseling teams will be strengthened with the addition of six school prevention workers. Performance Period = 07/01/2008 to 06/30/2012, Year 1—$1,253,834, Year 2= $1,143,855, Year 3= $1,121,196 Year 4= $1,121,196 TOTAL AWARD =$4,640,081Project partners—Allentown School District, Lehigh County (PA) Juvenile Probation, Allentown Police Department, and Lehigh County Office of Mental Health.
GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
US Department of Education (Lead Applicant—Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, PASSHE
GEAR UP is a national initiative that seeks to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.The six year project will target the 1,400 current 7th grade students in the school district.The student cohort will receive support through each grade level until high school graduation, with the expectation of increasing academic achievement and directing more students toward higher education. Changes made to support this cohort will be adopted and internalized to assist all students who follow. TOTAL Award = $4,123,577, 7/15/08 - 9/30/14
High School Graduation Initiative
US DOE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Allentown School District (ASD) in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board (LVWIB), Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) and other community partners proposes to significantly increase the high school graduation rate.The plan consists of five components: 1) Early Identification; 2) Go Deeper than Early Warning Indicators; 3) Expand and Develop Academic and Social Supports; 4) Build Relevance; and 5) Systematize Re-entry Supports and Tracking.This project targets students at two high schools: William Allen (2007-08 dropout rate 9.0) and Louis E. Dieruff (2007-08 dropout rate 7.5); and four feeder middle schools—Raub, Harrison Morton, South Mountain, and Trexler.