A 21st Century Initiative of the NC General Assembly
The Collaborative Project was a three year pilot effort with a fourth year of implementation based on the pilot experience. The Project officially ended on November 15, 2011.
The Collaborative Project , a 21st Century Initiative of the North Carolina General Assembly, was administered jointly by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center from August 2007 through November 2011. The Collaborative Project pilot effort sought to strengthen participating public school systems serving low-income students in rural areas of the state.
The following five school systems with similar demographics and challenges were participants in the Collaborative Project:
The Premise and Goals of the Project
- If educators are given the chance to sharpen their skills or to acquire new skills through high-quality professional development, dramatic student gains are possible. To make that possible, however, educators must be given time beyond the typical school day.
- If educators participate in high quality professional development during optimum times (Saturdays and during the summer), incentives and rewards must be available for their extra effort.
- If educators participate in high-quality professional development with incentives and rewards, it will be possible to accomplish two goals: show measurable student performance growth and create a more positive learning and teaching environment for young people and for the educators who work with them.
- If students are given opportunities to extend their school days and calendars with after school programs, the additional time will lead to measurable benefits such as better test scores and attendance among promising students.
- A positive impact on student performance
- A positive impact on recruitment and retention
- Access by participating school systems to quality professional development resources
The Collaborative Project focus was on elementary and middle schools within the participating school systems. A further goal of the project was to improve the academic foundation of young people coming into high schools in the belief that better prepared students have a far better chance of succeeding in high school. Collaborative Project sponsored professional development primarily targeted the following teachers:
- Stipends ($150.00 per day) for teachers and school administrators participation in select professional development offered on some Saturdays during the school year and during the summer
- Annual teacher performance incentives of up to $1,000 for the 2010-11 school year. Incentives were based on select criteria.
- Annual administrator performance incentives of up to $2,000 for the 2010-11 school year. Incentives were based on select criteria.
- Coordination and support incentives for superintendents and central office contacts.
- Funding to support two elementary and/or middle school Afterschool Programs (per participating school system) which are modeled after the Young Scholars Program
- Multiple Leadership Institutes (annually) for participating school system elementary and middle school principals, a central office contact from each school system and superintendents
Last Update: 12/12/11