Beavercreek schools awarded three grants


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BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek City Schools has been awarded three Straight A Grants from the Ohio Department of Education.

The grants are worth appoximately $3 million combined and will continue to create relevant, dynamic learning opportunities for students.

The first grant application submitted by the district details a program of instruction that provides students individualized learning with a customized 21st Century educational platform. The grant includes funding that provides all 9-12 students with a Google Chrome Book.

Details in the district’s second grant application immerses students in innovative museum pedagogy in order to foster imagination and 21st Century skill development beyond the traditional classroom.

The district’s third grant application details plans for a partnership between Beavercreek City Schools, Xenia Community Schools, and the Greene County Career Center to develop a paradigm for K-12 regional STEM engagement through a specialized curriculum delivered in an innovative environment.

Beavercreek City Schools is the only district to be awarded three Straight A Grants from round four and has secured an unprecedented five unique grants since the Straight A Fund was established in fiscal year 2014.

According to Assistant Superintendent Susan Hayward Ph.D., who lead efforts to secure all five grants for the district, “This is the most rewarding day that I have experienced in over 25 years in public education. These three creative and innovative grants will provide our K-12 students with 21 century learning opportunities and will propel our vision of being one of the best districts in the nation.”

Funds secured by the district from previous Straight A Grants have been used to purchase iPads with an individualized curriculum for students in grades K-8. Grant money was also used to build four Design Thinking labs where students in grades 8-12 are engaged in a problemsolving process that focuses on collaboration, experimentation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

“Our success in attaining Straight A Grant money is helping to transform this district into a place where students are truly learning the skills necessary to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Superintendent Bill McGlothlin Ed.D.

The Ohio Straight A Fund is designed to help schools across the state launch creative new educational initiatives. Each grant application submitted for consideration is subjected to a rigorous review for both fiscal sustainability and to determine if proposals were innovative, had substantial value, and lasting impact.

Story courtesy of Beavercreek City Schools.

Story courtesy of Beavercreek City Schools.

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