- About $37,000 of informational text to support our curriculum
- About $1,600 for professional development of staff in reading, writing, and diversity
- About $500 for a staff member to track test scores, grades, etc. --- data collection
- About $2,000 for small group tutoring for the last 11 weeks of school
So, you might be thinking....why is she blogging about this now? Is she just trying to rub this in??
Well, the answer to that is a resounding NO!!! I need your help! I received a call today from the district office saying that $16,000 we put towards "Blessings in a Backpack" (http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/) for our Title I community was not considered appropriate from ISBE because it doesn't directly affect academics.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! How is "not having enough food to eat" NOT directly impacting academics?!?! CRAZY!!
Anyway, there is nothing I can do to change their minds....so that leaves me with $16,000 to spend by Friday for Community Outreach. This is where you can help! Do you have any ideas of what we, as a school, can do to reach out to our students/families that will directly affect academics? Is there something that your school does that we can implement for our Title I students? How would you spend this money to directly impact some of your most struggling students?