$1.1 Million Awarded to Chavez Schools to Improve Student Achievement in D.C. Public Schools

Chavez Schools Takes Lead in Educational Innovation and Improvement with OSSE PLaCEs Grant

Washington, DC, August 23, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy (Chavez Schools) is the recipient of a $1.1 million grant through the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program to engage educators in professional development and collaborate to positively impact student success.

The Professional Learning Communities of Effectiveness (PLaCEs) Grant Award provides an incentive for public schools to establish consortia with the goal to improve student achievement. Chavez Schools will lead the PLaCEs grant effort, in partnership with Paul Public Charter School and DCPS elementary schools – Kenilworth and Neval Thomas, to ensure success in four critical areas:

1. Teach school leaders (principals, coaches, lead teachers) to provide timely and meaningful feedback to instructors
2. Train teachers in the best pedagogical practices for fostering critical thinking, impacting student achievement, and improving outcomes for students
3. Coach teachers and school leaders to support students with learning disabilities to access the standards in a meaningful way and receive appropriate, grade-level instruction
4. Develop a resource portal containing curriculum exemplars and quarterly teacher training based upon the Common Core Standards

“We are thrilled to be chosen to lead this consortium of schools,” said Tracy Wright, Chief Academic Officer for Chavez Schools. “We have a strong partnership with Paul, Kenilworth and Neval Thomas and we are excited to deepen the knowledge sharing between all the schools in the consortium.”

Chavez Schools is currently reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates to assume the role of Senior Project Manager of the PLaCes Grant. Interested persons should submit their resume and cover letters to Tracy.Wright@chavezschools.org.

About Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
The Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy provide a high quality public school option for students residing in the District of Columbia. Chavez Schools prepare students for success in competitive colleges so they can use their lives to make a positive difference in the world. With campus locations in Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, and Parkside communities, Chavez Schools currently serves over 1,400 students from grades 6-12. For additional information, visit www.ChavezSchools.org.

Christine Lai, Marketing Manager
202-547-3975, x: 34
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools
Christine Lai
202-547-3975, x: 34