The new School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative aims to engage AmeriCorps members in service with the goals of increasing educational achievement, high school graduation rates, and college readiness for students in our nation’s lowest-performing elementary, middle, and high schools. Approximately $15 million will be available for this competitive three-year grant program initiative. The new initiative will engage about 650 AmeriCorps members in roughly 60 turnaround schools across the country. School Turnaround AmeriCorps is a collaborative effort by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. This partnership will expand the role of AmeriCorps members in helping students, teachers, parents, and school administrators to transform persistently underachieving schools into models of success.
Grants will fund projects that address multiple student needs and are aligned with comprehensive school turnaround plans. All grants funded under this initiative must include one or more of the following:
- Providing ongoing mechanisms for family and community engagement;
- Establishing a school culture and environment that improve school safety, attendance, and discipline and address other non-academic factors that impact student achievement, such as students’ social, emotional, and health needs;
- Accelerating students’ acquisition of reading and mathematics knowledge and skills;
- Increasing graduation rates through strategies such as early warning systems, credit-recovery programs, and re-engagement strategies;
- Increasing college enrollment rates through college preparation counseling assistance to include completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and college applications, and educating students and their families on financial literacy for college; or
- Supporting school implementation of increased learning time.
The following schools have been identified as eligible for assistance:
- Crawford Public Schools – Crawford Elementary
- Lincoln Public Schools – Elliott Elementary
- Madison Public Schools – Madison Elementary & Madison Middle School
- Minatare Public Schools – Minatare Elementary
- Omaha Nation Schools – Elementary, Middle School & High School
- Santee Public Schools – Santee Elementary & Santee High School
- Stapleton Public Schools – Stapleton Elementary
- Walthill Public Schools – Walthill Elementary & Walthill High School
- Winnebago Public Schools – Winnebago High School
Applicants who propose to serve other schools they believe meet the eligibility criteria should contact ServeNebraska as soon as possible to establish whether the additional school(s) is eligible.
Public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community groups; schools or districts; institutions of higher education; cities and counties; Indian Tribes; and labor organizations are eligible to apply to this program, along with partnerships and consortia of these entities.
Applications benefitting Nebraska students, families & schools should be submitted directly to the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) online via the eGrants application platform by April 23, 2013 at 4:00 Central. ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Commission, is not accepting applications.
A mandatory letter of intent to apply must be submitted by April 2, 2013 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT: School Turnaround AmeriCorps Notice of Intent. CNCS will not consider notifications received after the deadline. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to read and carefully review the following:
ServeNebraska is invested in increasing the quality of education and life for Nebraska students and families. Contact Greg Donovan, Senior Program Officer, at email@example.com with any questions regarding this opportunity.