Project 3B: Investment Fund for PreK-3rd Grade Strategies and Systems at the District/Community Level

Round 3 Awards

Auburn: $168,790 one-year continuation of one-year Round 2 project

Auburn will utilize Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to plan, monitor, and adjust instruction to impact student learning. Auburn’s project will continue to decrease the number of at risk learners through implementation of Project GLAD strategies in grades PreK-3 for ELL students.

15-16 budget

Stipends and substitute costs for trainings and PLCs $72,563
PreK-3 GLAD aligned materials, texts, kits $83,725
Indirect $12,502
Total: $168,790

 

Federal Way: $168,800 one-year award to expand and continue one-year Round 2 award

Federal Way will launch Ready for K! to increase parent understanding of how to support their child’s transition into Kindergarten. This implementation will target families without access to early learning programs, and will be provided in both English and Spanish. Federal Way will continue to expend their outreach and partnership with community early learning providers through the district’s Early Learning Advisory Team and regular community needs assessments. Federal Way will also continue to provide job-embedded professional development focusing on supporting ELL students. In addition, Federal Way will align and expand the use of Creative Curriculum across district ECEAP, Head Start and PreK classrooms.

15-16 budget

Stipends and substitute costs for trainings $47,900
Ready for K! training and implementation $39,204
Creative Curriculum for PreK $16,944
Contracts for professional development $54,500
Indirect $10,252
Total: $168,800

 

Highline: $305,196 one-year award to expand and continue one-year Round 2 award

Highline will Contract with REACH Associates (Cathy Feldman) for professional development work across the PreK-3 continuum to increase capacity to work across developmental stages for all students, including special needs and ELL populations, and deepen understanding of alignment with CCSS and TS Gold objectives. In addition Highline will strengthen leadership capacity and instructional core through multiple professional development opportunities including Kindergarten teacher leaders, and Kindergarten Capacity Builders – both designed to strengthen teacher leadership and effective teaching practice.

A regional effort will be to have families register early in order to access free expanded PreK Play & Learn (January – August) in partnership with Child Care Resources (CCR) and Highline’s transitional program, Kindergarten Jump Start. In Home Learning kits will continue to be made available to families by their Kindergarten teachers. Four Race to the Top elementary schools will participate in the PreK-K Focus Schools model which provides funding for school and community partner planning teams to execute Kindergarten transition activities for incoming K students.

An Early Learning Liaison will lead and coordinate Play and Learn groups, facilitating a learning community with the Play and Learn facilitators, and communicate and coordinate with community partners. A second cohort of cross-sector leaders will participate in the P-3 Leadership Institute at University of Washington (UW) in order to expand capacity for district and community leadership and deepen partnerships to support the P-3 strategy.

15-16 budget

Stipends and substitute costs for trainings $78,379
Early Learning Liaison and Community Facilitator $107,849
Play & Learn, Kindergarten Registration, in home learning kits $26,189
Contracts with community partners $30,000
University of Washington P-3 Institute $30,800
PreK-K Focus Schools $8,000
Indirect: $23,979
Total: $305,196

 

Kent: $148,599 one-year award to expand and continue one-year Round 2 award

Kent will continue to utilize an Early Learning Coordinator who will work in the coordination and development of program Curriculum Alignment (CCSS), review of alignment between K-3, focus on PreK-K alignment for literacy and math, and will support the Director of Early Learning in implementation and data analysis.

Kent will continue to implement Ready for K! for 4 new cohorts of parents to increase parent understanding of how to support their child’s transition into Kindergarten. This implementation will target families without access to early learning programs, and will be provided in both English and Spanish. In addition, Kent will continue to implement Jump Start, three days of summer Kindergarten transition activities provided to 360 students from nine Race to the Top elementary schools.

To build leadership capacity, five district leaders will attend the University of Washington P-3 Leadership Institute. Kent will continue to build district-community partnerships through their monthly Early Learning Advisory Team meetings.

15-16 budget

P-3 Coordinator $58,565
Ready for K! training and implementation $15,539
Jump Start implementation $43,488
University of Washington P-3 Leadership Institute $20,000
Indirect $11,007
Total: $148,599

 

Seattle: $259,668 one-year award to expand and continue one-year Round 2 award

Seattle’s project will continue to implement targeted early Kindergarten enrollment outreach via ten enrollment events. Play and Learn Facilitators will be integrated into these events assisting families in attendance. These enrollment events will include intensified outreach to ELL, Special Education and students of color. Jump Start will also continue during the summer, reaching approximately 1100 students across Seattle. Outreach will also include a Kindergarten welcome letter translated into nine languages including information about Kindergarten Readiness, Play and Learn, Jump Start, how to apply for free and reduced lunch, a card with important SPS phone numbers and kindergarten readiness guidelines (available in 12 languages).

Members of identified language and cultural groups, including former Readiness to Learn Parent Leaders, will recruit and facilitate kindergarten readiness play groups using Child Care Resources Kaleidoscope Play and Learn model. This includes an expanded PLC to include training on specific practice issues and in-depth consideration of SPS initiatives and programs to better serve families in targeted subgroups.

The project will also design and implement a PreK-1st Grade Summer Professional Development Institute, elements of which are jointly sponsored by Highline Public Schools. Seattle will also send an additional 5-8 district leaders to the University of Washington P-3 Leadership Institute. Seattle will continue to strengthen its relationship with community partners through their Early Learning Advisory Team.

15-16 budget

P-3 Coordinator $95,062
Stipends and substitute costs for trainings $14,791
Play and Learn implementation $131,926
University of Washington P-3 Leadership Institute $7,475
Indirect $10,414
Total: $259,668

 

Tukwila: $123,093 one-year award to expand and continue one-year Round 2 award

Tukwila’s Early Learning Coordinator will develop, share and regularly update a strategic plan for the Prek-3 work as well as establish and support a collaborative (cross-organizational and cross-sector) Early Learning Advisory Team.

Tukwila will provide an opportunity for principals and PreK-3rd grade teachers, including up to ten community partners, to deepen their understanding of developmentally and culturally appropriate, rigorous instruction practice through professional development provided by REACH Associates throughout the year.

Tukwila will also operate three Play and Learn groups in three different languages to provide high quality early learning experiences to more families and children. A collaborative PreK-K transition team will meet throughout the year to plan and implement transition activities.

15-16 budget

Early Learning Director $42,000
Stipends and substitute costs for trainings $63,058
Play and Learn implementation $10,523
PreK-K Transition Teams $1,650
Indirect $5,862
Total: $123,093

 

Round 2 Awards

Auburn

$276,150  One-year expansion of two-year Round 1 project

Auburn will develop Common Core State Standard-aligned resources focused on comprehension of informational text through the content of science units aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. This will expand teacher practice and skills in science instruction to better prepare students for future options in STEM careers. Through Round 2 funding the project will employ the use of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to plan, monitor, and adjust instruction to impact student learning. Auburn’s project will work to decrease the number of at-risk learners through implementation of Project GLAD strategies at grades 1 and 2 for ELL students. This will be done by focusing on teachers in multilingual classrooms serving students in grades 1 and 2 through the content area of science.

2014-2015 Budget

Stipends and substitute costs for training and conference $138,232
Supplies and materials for aligned units $94,320
Washington Science Teachers Association Conference $23,142
Indirect Costs $20,456
Total $276,150

 

Highline

$286,756  One-year continuation of a one-year Round 1 project

Highline will Contract with REACH Associates (Cathy Feldman) for professional development work across the PreK-3 continuum to increase capacity to work across developmental stages for all students, including special needs and ELL populations, and deepen understanding of alignment with CCSS and TS Gold objectives.

A regional effort will be to have families register early in order to access free expanded PreK Play & Learn (January – August) in partnership with Child Care Resources (CCR) and our transitional program, Kindergarten Jump Start. Additionally, families who participate in these activities will have access to Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines and Kindergarten Readiness Kits, as well as other district resources.

An Early Learning Liaison will lead and coordinate Play and Learn groups, facilitating a learning community with the Play and Learn facilitators, and communicate and coordinate with community partners. A second cohort of cross-sector leaders will participate in the P-3 Leadership Institute at University of Washington (UW) in order to expand capacity for district and community leadership and deepen partnerships to support the P-3 strategy. Additionally, Highline Public Schools (HPS) will apply to send a cross sector team to the University of Washington Fall Institute, Making it Work: Implementing a Comprehensive P-3 Approach.

Partnership organizations will include Child Care Resources, Para Los Niños, Matt Griffin YMCA, Educare, Literacy Source – an organization which promotes literacy for adult English Language learners – and expanded partnership with White Center Promise. This will continue to strengthen the support and culturally responsive outreach to targeted groups in Highline. These relationships have provided resources such as space, interpreters, trainings, and valuable access to our target communities.

In Home Learning kits will continue to be made available to families by their Kindergarten teachers. This activity has expanded to include Kindergarten Readiness Kits that are made available through PreK Play and Learn through spring and summer sessions.

2014-2015 Budget

Early Learning Liaison, professional development for teachers and paraeducators $157,284
Supplies and instructional materials $18,000
Professional development registration and consultant $21,006
Support for community based organizations in partnership with Highline $69,225
Indirect Costs $21,241
Total $286,756

 

Kent

$151,463  New one-year proposal

Kent will hire an Early Learning Coordinator who will work in the coordination and development of program Curriculum Alignment (CCSS), review of alignment between K-3, focus on PreK-K alignment for literacy and math, and will train teachers in implementation. Teachers will be trained to use the new district-wide literacy program after it has been adopted. Summer 2015 training on the literacy program will be scheduled for adoption during the 2014-2015 school year. The Assessment training for PreK-K teachers will use data such as WaKIDS and DIBELS, to better understand data and to group students by skill level and deliver activities to meet the specific needs of students.

Kent will meet with Renton to share implementation ideas for the READY! for Kindergarten program. The project will provide outside childcare provider/daycare facilitators and parent training for READY! for Kindergarten. Outside provider programs will be aligned to provide PreK students with skills needed for a successful Kindergarten experience. Kent will also partner with Kent Youth and Family Services at Birchcreek, and the Head Start and ECEAP programs to collaborate on the READY! for Kindergarten work.

Kent’s project will provide a four-day Kindergarten JumpStart program in August 2015 with support for student transportation and teacher staffing for the summer Kindergarten transition program.

2014-2015 Budget

Coordinator Salary, Steering Committee, WaKIDS training, JumpStart staff and curriculum alignment $106,417
Mileage for training $672
READY! for Kindergarten materials and alignment $33,155
Indirect Costs $11,219
Total $151,463

 

Renton

$250,000  Two-year expansion of a one-year Round 1 project

Renton’s Round 2 project will increase investment in teacher and para-educator time to participate in planning, creating early learning assessment strategies, and will also contribute to alignment of pre-K standards that support Kindergarten Common Core State Standards. This strategy will build leadership capacity at multiple levels within the PreK-3 system.

The project will combine support for the Early Learning Coordinator with support from Project 1 and the Deep Dive Project, in order to have a coordinated response to Race to the Top initiatives in the District in particular, and also to ensure coordination of partnerships supporting students.

Renton has redesigned delivery of the Ready! for Kindergarten parent training program to incorporate the use of parents teaching parents in order to increase reach, authentic connection with diverse parent populations, and sustainability of these efforts. This strategy will build capacity for personalized and culturally competent approaches that will expand opportunities for students of color, students who are ELL and students receiving SPED services, by increasing the capacity of parents to support their children’s learning and preparation for school participation.

The project will also provide professional development to early learning providers in the community in order to increase capacity to support students’ social/emotional development, pre-literacy and numeracy skills, and readiness for school.

Renton will continue the development of a PreK-1 assessment tied to Common Core Standards, in partnership with RTT-D Region districts.

2014-2015 Budget:

Community Liaison,Early Learning Coordinator and additional teacher hours to provide PD to Early Learning Providers? $103,435
Travel $550
Parent and Community Partner Training Materials and Advisory Committee Supplies $16,282
Interpreters, READY! for Kindergarten program, and student support services $13,060
Indirect Costs $10,667
Total $143,994

2015-2016 Budget:

Community Liaison and additional teacher hours $72,844
Parent & Community Partner Training Materials and Advisory Committee Supplies $13,750
Interpreters, READY! for Kindergarten program, and student support services $11,560
Indirect Costs $7,852
Total $106,006

 

Seattle

$417,960  A one-year expansion of a two-year Round 1 project

Seattle’s round 2 project will increase targeted early enrollment outreach by expanding enrollment events from four regional events to ten events. In Round 2, Play and Learn Facilitators will be integrated into these events assisting families in attendance. This summer, 48 schools will participate in Jump Start, an increase from 32 schools in 2013. Outreach will also include a Kindergarten welcome letter translated into nine languages including information about full day kindergarten tuition. Also included in this packet will be information about Kindergarten Readiness, Play and Learn, Jump Start, how to apply for free and reduced lunch, a card with important SPS phone numbers and kindergarten readiness guidelines (available in 12 languages).

Members of identified language and cultural groups, including former Readiness to Learn Parent Leaders, will recruit and facilitate kindergarten readiness play groups using Child Care Resources Kaleidoscope Play and Learn model. This includes an expanded PLC to include training on specific practice issues and in-depth consideration of SPS initiatives and programs to better serve families in targeted subgroups.

The project will also design and implement a PreK-1st Grade Summer Professional Development Institute, elements of which are jointly sponsored by Highline Public Schools.

Seattle will attend the National P-3 Center 2014 Institute with a team comprised of members from SPS, City of Seattle Office for Education, Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Housing Authority, and the Seattle School Board. SPS will also send a group of leaders to the UW P-3 Institute in 2014/15.

2014-2015 Budget

Project Coordinator, Play & Learn facilitators, interpreters and extra teacher time $329,023
Supplies for enrollment and Play & Learn $16,923
Professional development services and registration for P3 Institutes $53,259
Indirect Costs $18,755
Total $417,960

 

Tukwila

$122,115  New one-year proposal

Tukwila’s Early Learning Coordinator will develop, share and regularly update a strategic plan for the Prek-3 work as well as establish and support a collaborative (cross-organizational and cross-sector) board that will formalize decision-making roles and responsibilities among partners and prioritize the PreK-3 efforts of the district. This board will establish common interests and needs, provide a connection point with and between early childhood programs and the school district Kindergarten programs, and will support a collaborative and shared approach to leadership.

The Early Learning Lead Coordinator, in collaboration with the P3 Leadership Team, will seek recommendations and develop and implement a strategic plan for PreK-3 learning in Tukwila. This plan will include development and implementation of program offerings, working with community partners to provide professional development, and building leadership capacity among community providers. Professional development will be aimed at improving the instructional core and will focus on aligning student learning with the readiness objectives measured in the WaKIDS assessment.

Tukwila will send teams to both the P3 Leadership Institute at the University of Washington and the Starting Strong Institute.

The project will support the alignment of current Pre-K programs (SpED, ECEAP) and the new Head Start program with the new City of Tukwila sponsored Pre-K programs and independent community child care providers, all of which will be focused on increasing teacher effectiveness. The plan will be developed and include procedures for sharing resources with other area providers. A professional learning community will form as partnerships are created and strengthened with the City of Tukwila’s preschool program and community child care providers.

Tukwila will contract with Child Care Resources to provide Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups for Family, Friend and Neighbors (FFN).

2014-2015 Budget

Release and Extra time for Alignment, collaboration and Culturally Repsonsive training $ 57,800
P3 & Start Strong Institute Registration fees

 

$28,500
Play and learn groups $30,000
Indirect Costs $5,815
Total $122,115

 

Round 1 Awards

Auburn School District: PreK-3 Systems Level Strategies

$222,696 Two-year P3B award

Auburn will implement classroom-level mentoring that will impact kindergarten readiness and primary grade teaching, PreK-3.  The mentoring model will include a data cycle to inform instructional decisions for teachers in ECEAP, Head Start, and early learning partner classrooms.  Beyond the mentoring, the 2 year investment fund is focused on decreasing the number of at-risk learners through the implementation of Project Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD).  In year 2, teachers will create standards-aligned units, and collaborate on instructional strategies for use in PreK-3 classrooms.

2013-2014 Project Budget

Professional development on GLAD English Language Learner (ELL) strategies for teachers PreK-3rd grade

$100,540

GLAD site materials

$37,170

Indirect

$11,017

Year 1 TOTAL

$148,727

2014-2015 Budget

Staff release time and substitutes for lesson development and professional development

$36,270

GLAD Start up supplies

$826

Software subscription for high needs elementary school for preschool blended learning

$32,000

Indirect

$4,873

Year 2 TOTAL

$73,969


Federal Way: Development of a Kindergarten Framework

$109,693 Two-year P3B award

This two year project builds off of Federal Way’s ongoing work to implement a multi-level approach to developing a PreK-3 system, beginning with a comprehensive Kindergarten Framework and robust classroom instruction and materials. Year one activities will include creation of a Kindergarten Framework, cultivation of expertise with instructional strategies emphasizing literacy, numeracy, and oral language acquisition with English Language Learners (ELL), and a summer institute for Kindergarten teachers, instructional coaches and interventionists. In year 2 the project will provide classroom books and materials and job embedded professional development to strengthen instruction in all K classrooms. This work connects to a systems alignment plan in Federal Way to build bridges to early learning communities and community based organizations and promote out of school reading.

2013-2014 Project Budget

Development of Kindergarten Framework- Kindergarten Core Team release time

$3,000

Kindergarten Core Team Summer Work for Teachers, ELL representatives, Instructional coaches

$8,453

Kindergarten Summer Institute for K Teachers, at 6 High Needs Schools plus Interventionist and Instructional coaches  from 6 targeted schools

$6,059

Supplies- Kindergarten Summer Institute Materials

$5,000

Indirect

       $1,800

TOTAL

$24,313

2014-2015 Project Budget

Kindergarten Core Team release time

$16,198

Materials for students and for  professional development

$7,303

Partnership with an ELL Consultant to provide professional development that includes culturally responsive instruction.

$58,000

Indirect

$3,880

TOTAL

$85,381

Highline Public Schools: Expand Early Access to Culturally Relevant, High Quality Early Learning and Parent Education

$207,542 One-year P3B award

This investment will provide information and culturally responsive outreach to families, caregivers and childcare providers about school success and ways to enhance young children’s learning. This project also supports multiple aligned professional development opportunities in partnership with Seattle Schools for HPS and SPS teachers, paraprofessionals, special education teachers, and administrators as well as shared PreK training with community early learning providers, including family friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers, ECEAP, Head Start, Educare, Special Ed Preschool and faith and community based programs. HPS will partner with Child Care Resources and community based organizations to offer culturally responsive kindergarten readiness Play and Learn groups for 4-5 year olds (who are registered to attend kindergarten in the fall) and their families to learn school readiness skills and how to navigate the school system.

2013-2014 Project Budget

Early Learning Liaison position to supervise Play and Learn and connect with early learning partners

$46,667

Play and Learn Groups including materials and facilitator pay

$35,659

Community partnerships with Somali Youth and Family Club, Para Los Niños and Child Care Resources for expertise and outreach support.

$41,000

Support staff and bilingual staff to support families during early K registration process

$2,340

Home learning kits for families at kindergarten registration

$9,000

Professional development for HPS teachers PreK-2nd grade, and early learning providers partners

$44,302

Six leaders from HPS and Partnering Early Learning Programs to attend  Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Institute

$13,200

Indirect

$15,374

TOTAL

$207,542

 

Kent School District:  PreK-3 Systems Level Strategies

$100,724 One-year P3B award

The district’s project takes a multi-level approach in order to develop a strong PreK-3rd grade system.  This begins with hiring a Coordinator of Early Learning Education to establish Kent’s PreK-3rd base and lead the implementation their PreK-3rd grade Action Plan.  At the student level, Kent will develop a PreK-K Summer Readiness “Jumpstart Program” that will focus on directly impacting incoming Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students in all 10 of Kent’s RTT-D high-need schools.

January-August of 2014

Project Budget

Salary and benefits for Coordinator of Early Leaning Education

$58,649

Jumpstart teacher salaries and benefits

$24,114

Student transportation to Jump Start programs

$10,500

Indirect

$7,461

TOTAL

$100,724


Renton School District:  PreK-3 Systems Level Strategies

$167,854 One-year P3B award

The Renton School District (RSD) will use investment funds to implement components of their PreK-3 Systems Level Plan.  The project supports two part-time positions:  Early Learning Coordinator and the Community Liaison.  These positions will ensure implementation of the project components and larger PreK-3 Systems Level Plan.  The funds will also be used for a summer “Jump Start” instruction program, parent training and materials under the Ready! for Kindergarten program, as well as the expansion of the district’s Community Liaison Project.  The Community Liaison Project allows the district to work with cross-sector partners to effectively reach and prepare at-risk students for school.  Finally, RSD will establish a valid and reliable PreK-1 assessment that informs teachers of students’ progress toward the Common Core Standards and institutes a basis for timely and effective instructional decisions, thus, preventing the later need for remediation.

January-August of 2014

Project Budget

Salary and benefits for 0.8 FTE Community Liaison

$52,040

Salary and benefits for 0.5 FTE Early Learning Coordinator

$40,570

Salary and benefits for teachers involved in assessment development and/or Jump Start program

$25,988

Parent training materials, interpreters, and translation for Ready for Kindergarten! program

$19,882

Training materials for community preschool partners

$5,000

Partnership with Child Care Resources to identify licensed child care providers for outreach

$500

Instructional materials for Jump Start program

$6,000

Transportation for Jump start program

$5,440

$12,434

TOTAL

$167,854

 

Seattle: Closing the Opportunity Gap and Increasing Kindergarten Readiness

$240,000 Two-year P3B award

This investment will support a partnership with Highline Public Schools to design and implement multiple aligned professional development opportunities for preK-1st grade teachers, paraprofessionals, bilingual educators, special educators, administrators and community early learning providers. SPS will utilize former SPS Readiness to Learn Parent Leaders to recruit families and caregivers to attend Kindergarten Readiness-focused Play and Learn groups for preschool age created in partnership with Child Care Resources. SPS will also work within Seattle Public Schools to refine early enrollment systems and practices by targeting outreach to underserved ethnic/cultural groups, Special Education and English Language Learning families with young children

2013-2014 Project Budget

Project Coordinator

$38,621

Extra teacher time and instructor for Professional Development

$49,120

Play and Learn Groups and parent outreach for Kindergarten registration

$79,696

Kindergarten Registration support, family materials and translation/interpretation

$8,703

Partnership with Child Care Resources to provide expertise, training and outreach support

$14,925

Indirect

$8,579

Year 1 TOTAL

$199,644

2014-2015 Budget

Project Coordinator

$38,622

Indirect

$1,734

Year 2 TOTAL

$40,356

 

Tukwila-Development of an Early Learning Strategic Priority

$121,380 One-year P3B award

This investment will support multiple strategies to build a robust PreK-3rd Grade system. Tukwila schools will hire an Early Learning Lead to focus on Governance, Strategic Planning and Funding. This investment will also expand current Jump Start Program to include parent and family meetings in advance of the school year. Tukwila will provide professional development for up to 35 teachers that emphasizes high quality instructional practices and collaboration by Cathy Feldman. Finally, this investment will align current Pre-K programs (Special Education, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and the new Head Start program with the City of Tukwila sponsored Pre-K programs and independent community child care providers.

2013-2014 Project Budget

Early Learning Lead

$63,700

Professional Development

$47,040

Supplies for Professional Development

$874

Instructor for Professional Development

$4,000

Indirect

$5,766

TOTAL

$121,380