Mohonasen contracts with the Capital Region BOCES Grants and Development services for some grant writing services. The following grants are currently being implemented in the district.
Strengthening Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Dissemination Grant
Awarded October 2014
This $348,311 grant from the New York State Education Department is providing funding to a consortium of Capital Region BOCES, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and 17 school districts — including Mohonasen — to enhance and expand the expertise of area principals. The “Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership” (STLE-D) is funding support for up to 45 principals from the consortium districts, including mentors, trainings and participation in a Professional Learning Community with other principals. Programming is slated for November 2014 to June 2015.
Other districts in the STLE-D consortium include: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cohoes, Duanesburg, Guilderland, Middleburgh, Niskayuna, Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville, Herkimer, Central Valley, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs and Mount Markham. Capital Region BOCES’ Educational Support Services staff will lead the program. The grant was one of 21 awarded state-wide.
Teaching is Core
Awarded August 2014
This $399,946 grant is funding a consoritum of 12 school districts (including Mohonasen) led by Capital Region BOCES to review and improve student assessment practices.
Other Teaching is Core districts include: Cohoes, Guilderland, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet. Each district will create a local assessment review team of teachers and administrators to conduct the work. An education consultant will also provide extensive training, helping all the districts to determine the review process, what assessments to review, and to create an action plan based on their findings. Engaging parents in each district on the use of assessments is also a goal of the grant.
Strengthening Teacher & Leader Effectiveness III Grant
Awarded February 2014
This $365,500 State Education Department Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) 3 grant is helping the district expand professional development opportunities and bring more hands-on learning to district classrooms. Two years ago, the district received similar funding in round one of the STLE awards, and this grant is being used to advance efforts already underway. This includes continuing and further developing the internal Methods Theory Survey Course – a 10-week professional development opportunity where district teachers study research-based instructional methods with outside experts, implement the strategies in their classrooms, and then reflect and collaborate as a group to further refine and develop these modern teaching methods.
Grant funding is being used in four main areas:
- Professional development opportunities for all district teachers and administrators;
- Stipends for teachers and administrators who take on additional duties (there will be various levels based on experience);
- Salaries for instructional coaches; and
- Technology and training for a flipped classroom initiative where teachers will embed more hands-on, project-based instruction in the classroom and then post video lectures and demonstrations online.
Performance Improvement Grant
Awarded August 2012
This $1.8 million, three-year grant from the New York State Education Department is helping to expand college and career readiness opportunities at the high school. The work includes expansion of the district’s technical/vocational programs and the addition of more college-level opportunities at Mohonasen High School. The funding is being used for teaching positions, the addition of a college and career coordinator at the high school and professional development.
With the School District Performance Improvement Grant funding, the district has:
- Expanded the Mo-Tech initiative to include more variety, involve students at all academic levels, and add college-level components to these programs.
- Added technical writing/college composition and basic college algebra to the high school’s current selection of college courses, as well as remedial-level college courses in English and math.
- Acquired computer software to track students’ college-and-career readiness progress, based on district-defined goals and programs, as well as to track the post-secondary education performance of graduates.
Virtual Advanced Placement Grant
Awarded December 2012
This $1.2 million consortium grant from the New York State Education Department has provided funding for Capital Region BOCES and seven area school districts— including Mohonasen — to develop virtual Advanced Placement courses for high school students.
Other districts in the Capital Region Virtual AP Consortium include: Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District, Cohoes City School District, Duanesburg Central School District, Schoharie Central School District, Sharon Springs Central School District and Watervliet City School District. Capital Region BOCES’ Northeastern Regional Information Center and Educational Support Services staff are serving as leads for the program.
The grant has funded the development of four blended virtual Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which are delivered to students in all the districts through a mix of online and face-to-face teaching. The program is also increasing the number of low-income students taking AP classes, which could result in those students earning college credit in high school.
The grant was one of only 17 awarded state-wide and one of only nine consortiums across the state to receive funding.