For many Head Start grantees and Head Start applicants, this is not only the week before Thanksgiving but also the week before the due date of the third round of recompetition grants.
Next Monday, November 24th, applicants for those grants that are in the Designation Renewal System will submit their final applications. This is no small feat, and we applaud all the organizations, both old and new, that committed much time and energy over the last couple of months to write plans to teach and care for the most vulnerable of our young children and families.
In mid-October, we hosted a webinar to share resources on grant writing and implementation planning for the CLASS system, detailing ways to include the CLASS tool to ensure highly effective interactions prevail in every Head Start classroom.
We circle back now to share an excellent resource from Heartland Grant Solutions: the DRS Tip Sheet: Writing about CLASS in your Recompetition Proposal.
The tip sheet includes detailed information about the four sections of the application where scoring criteria relate to the CLASS tool and offers suggestions on how to include it in your application.
Take some time to explore the entire Heartland website. You will find many resources and much expertise in how to promote your organization’s focus on providing high quality early childhood education. We are grateful for Heartland’s focus on the CLASS and look forward to continuing to partner with them to support grant applications for all early childhood programming.
Please let us know if you need any help with including the CLASS tool in your Head Start recompetition applications during this final week.
Every state, every district, every school, every teacher faced decisions that they had never anticipated in the last academic year. As the end of the 2020-2021 school year approaches, it’s time to reflect on those decisions, learn from others, and prepare for the fall ahead.
To those in the education world, it’s not news that our schools, our systems, and our students are struggling. For nearly 40 years, since the publication of A Nation At Risk, we’ve recognized as a country that something isn’t working.
For more than a century after the United States’ colonization, school was intended for children who were overwhelmingly wealthy, white, male, and English-speaking - those demographics are no longer the case. Students today are representative of all our nation’s families, but our history means there’s a mismatch between what education has done up to this point and what children really need. What’s more, advances in science - psychology, medicine,
neuroscience, economics, and more - have shown us that to give children the greatest opportunity we must change what we’re doing. We can’t let another 40 years pass while we figure it out.
At Teachstone, our driving vision is to ensure every child experiences life-changing teaching. This mission is why we’re making a commitment to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. And, we know that bringing this commitment to life requires providing education leaders with the support they need to not only face the current challenges, but that will propel towards the future of quality and equity.
Given the context of today’s educational landscape, the global pandemic we are still fighting, and the divides our country is facing, strong leadership is essential. There is a clear need to restabilize and improve education for every child, and every educator. But, what does that mean exactly for educational leaders who are leading the way?