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Shorecrest Receives Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant from SAIS

St. Petersburg, FL, February 11, 2017 --( Shorecrest Preparatory School has been awarded a Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grant from the Southern Association of Independent School (SAIS). The grant of $5,000 will fund the launch of the Center for Service Learning Leadership (CSLL), a professional development institute for independent school educators.

“We are so proud to be able to launch the Center for Service Learning Leadership,” says Shorecrest Headmaster Mike Murphy. “The grant from SAIS allows our Director of Service Learning, Diego Duran-Medina, and a team of committed educators and service organizations to bring service learning to more schools and programs nationwide.”

Over five full days of teaching, learning, collaborating, site visits and planning, CSLL will prepare educators to return to their campuses with a concrete plan and strategy to implement service learning both in their classrooms and throughout the school. To learn more about CSLL, visit

“Shorecrest is honored that SAIS believes in our vision to bring cutting edge service-learning to the independent school community and believe we can provide a vibrant learning laboratory with our community and school partners,” says Duran-Medina, who championed the program. “We are excited to welcome our first class of educators this summer to the CSLL institute.”

“SAIS believes that all schools can be strengthened by partnerships and collaborations with other schools and organizations,” said Dr. Kirk Walker, President of SAIS. “We applaud Shorecrest for its efforts to enhance its educational program by reaching beyond its campus borders.”

The Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants were established in 2014 to encourage independent schools to form new partnerships with other schools, institutions of higher education, businesses, and nonprofits. For more information visit

About Shorecrest:
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest Preparatory School is a PK(3) through 12th grade coed, nonsectarian independent school located in Tampa Bay. Known for its student-centered approach to teaching and learning, Shorecrest is continually on the leading edge of innovation in education. Shorecrest was the first school in Pinellas County to open a school Makerspace, a high and low-tech engineering and design studio for students of ages. In 2016 the school opened the Center for Medical Sciences applied-science track for high school students, won a grant from Steelcase Education for its interdisciplinary work in Middle School, and became an Apple Distinguished School. Learn more at

About SAIS:
SAIS is a membership organization that provides independent schools with high quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs. SAIS currently has 375 member schools, representing more than 200,000 students.
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