Attraction awards: Awards up to $20,000 overtwo years or eligible educators to transer toparticipating schools.
Formal recognition by DDOE or their commit-ment and practice, including an annual conven-ing o Co-Op educators with Delaware Secretary o Education Mark Murphy.
Initial training (attraction award educators)and ongoing proessional development (alleducators) at no cost to the educator. All Co-Opeducators become part o a proessional learningcommunity that spans all districts and schoolsthroughout the state.
Leadership opportunities as well asopportunities to learn rom others in the Co-Op.
What are the benefts or participating schools?
Te Co-Op provides incentives to help participat-ing schools retain their most eective educatorsand recruit others.Participating schools can also receive grants o up to $10,000 or school improvement eorts. A school is eligible or a grant i (a) it has at leasttwo educators participating in the Co-Op (any combination o educators receiving attraction and/or retention awards); and (b) it has met at least 50percent o student growth targets in the 2012–13
2013–14 school year.Decisions about how to use school grants willbe made by educators at the building level.Participating schools will be asked to submit aone-page proposal to apply or their grants and toprovide periodic updates about how grant undsare used. DDOE will provide a template or theproposals. Grants are not available or schoolsclassied as Partnership Zone or Focus.
Which schools are eligible to participate?
Eligible schools are schools that serve highpopulations o traditionally underserved students.Specically, a school is eligible i it meets at leastone o these our conditions:
It is a Partnership Zone school.
It participated in the state’s alent Retentionprogram in 2011–12.
It is one o the top 15 schools in at least two o these three statewide categories:
Highest percentage o non-white students
Highest percentages o students eligible orree and reduced-price meals
Highest percentages o English languagelearners
At least 75 percent o its students are non-white,eligible or ree and reduced-price meals, orEnglish language learners.Schools are not eligible i they:
Do not participate in the Delaware Comprehen-sive Assessment System (DCAS).
Have ewer than 100 students.
Are special schools serving distinct populations(e.g., classied as Intensive Learning Centers).Participating schools are expected to comply withall requirements o the Delaware Perormanceand Appraisal System (DPAS II), such as requiredobservations and roster verication process.
Which schools are participating?
All eligible districts and charter schools receiveda letter o invitation rom DDOE dated December14, 2012. Districts and charter schools must tellthe state whether they intend to participate by January 14, 2013. A list o participating schoolswill be available on the initiative’s website,www.DEtalentcoop.org.
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