These annual grants are awarded district-wide to teachers and principals who seek support for educational programs, supplies or equipment not otherwise funded. Grant requests are judged for innovation, creativity, collaboration and impact on student learning.
RESULTS: Since 2003, Over 600 grants have been awarded, totaling a direct investment in our classrooms of more than $2 million.
READY! for Kindergarten
In our district and nationwide, 44 percent of children entering kindergarten test below proficiency for learning readiness – and data verifies that children who start behind, stay behind. The READY! program provides parents of children up to 5 years old with instruction, books and educational toys to help their children achieve success at the very start.
RESULTS: After four years of the READY! for Kindergarten program, 90 percent of children in the program now enter school testing at or above readiness levels.
Professional Development for Teachers
Reading Program. Panhandle Alliance funds the CORE Reading Program, providing training for teachers of grades K-12 on state-of-the-art methodology to improve reading, writing and language arts instruction.
RESULTS: Through a cumulative investment of $435,000, the Lake Pend Oreille School District has dramatically improved reading scores, from the low 80 percent range to near universal proficiency. In 2009 the district achieved its goal of 98 percent proficiency on ISAT testing in eighth-grade reading.
Career and College Guidance
Panhandle Alliance provides support for a district counselor to help high school seniors develop a career plan, with assistance in the college application process, SAT and ACT testing, financial aid, educational programs, scholarships, and more.
RESULTS: A three-year investment of $168,000 has radically boosted post-secondary attendance by district graduates; in 2011, 78 percent were accepted to college or technical schools.