Three Richmond County high schools will receive help from the largest education union in the U.S. to enhance efforts toward increasing student achievement.
The National Education Association’s Priority Schools Campaign has enlisted T.W. Josey, Lucy C. Laney and Glenn Hills high schools to help implement the three-year federal School Improvement Grants.
Each school is in its second year of the grant, and campaign Director Sheila Simmons said her goal is to bring more resources at no cost to the campuses so the grants are successful.
“We don’t want them just to be able to do the SIG grant,” she said. “We want them to be able to sustain … the success they’ve had.”
Simmons will make a presentation to the Richmond County Board of Education about the advocacy planned for each school at the regular board meeting today at 6 p.m. at 864 Broad St.
The campaign is active at 38 schools in 17 states and provides professional development for teachers, training to increase teacher effectiveness, home visits and community outreach.
Many of the NEA efforts are already being implemented by the schools’ SIG grants. Each school has so far received almost $2 million for resources, including training, technology and stipends for teacher compensation for more outreach.
Simmons said her group will identify what each school needs to focus on and will visit the campuses during the year. “Our work is focused on what is the sustainable element, and right now the sustainable element is … collaboration.”