BCSD Receives Grant From AASA

BCSD Receives Grant from National Superintendents Organization to Bolster SEL Programs
Posted on 03/24/2021
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The Bullhead School District is one of six school systems nationwide to receive technical assistance, collaborative support and a $4,000 grant from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to enhance professional development and strengthen its social and emotional learning (SEL) program. BCSD is the only school district west of the Rocky Mountains to receive the grant.

“Social and emotional learning has taken on a new importance in recent years,” said BCSD Superintendent Carolyn Stewart. “It provides a pathway for our students to be successful. Every faculty and staff member at our six schools cares deeply for our students and the support necessary for that success.”

Dr. Stewart added that the grant "will enable us to scale up our efforts to reach more students in the critical area of SEL, which will not only benefit the young learners in our community, but also at school districts within our area and beyond as we share the important work in which we’re currently engaged.”

AASA, the nation’s premier organization representing school system leadership, is partnering with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to launch the SEL Impact Project to better enable school districts to realize the benefits of SEL and provide a more supportive and effective return to in-person learning.

Along with the funds, BCSD and the other districts in the SEL Impact Project will receive:

  • Ongoing personalized support from AASA in the development and implementation of SEL plans.
  • Complimentary registration for AASA’s Social & Emotional Learning 2021-22 Cohort. Cohort participants will receive professional development support, toolkits, networking with colleagues and other resources.
  • Collaborative support from other participating districts.
  • A culminating case study document that the district can use to highlight and further its unique SEL efforts.

“Across the country, school districts and their leaders are realizing the importance of social and emotional learning in creating positive school climates, enhancing student academic performance and strengthening teachers’ instructional skills,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA’s executive director. “The school districts we’ve chosen realize how critical SEL programming will be for students emerging from the relative isolation of the pandemic and returning to the typical social interactions at school. We feel these grants will serve as a catalyst for recipients to take bold initiatives that will yield new areas of exemplary practices that others can learn from.”

BCSD Director of Educational Services Jennifer Lott prepared the successful grant application, and was praised by Dr. Stewart. The Superintendent said Lott knows the importance of SEL first-hand because of her long-time experience as a classroom educator, principal and now district administrator.

In addition to BCSD, other school systems receiving grants are: Collier County Public Schools, Naples, Fla.; Marshalltown Community School District, Marshalltown, Iowa; Moriarty-Edgewood School District, Moriarty, N.M.; Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Naperville, Ill.; and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Va.

“The school districts receiving these grants are deeply committed in the area of social and emotional learning,” said Sheldon Berman, lead superintendent, AASA SEL Cohort. “This initiative highlights the important work being done in these districts and provides them with a pathway to bring that work to higher levels—all on behalf of the young learners they serve.”

By accepting the SEL Impact Project grant, BCSD and the other districts commit to make SEL a strategic priority and to utilize the resources provided by the project to further their SEL planning and implementation. This approach will enable them to maximize the value of this opportunity to work and learn together.

Additional information about the grants and how to participate in the AASA SEL Cohort is posted at http://www.aasa.org/About-SEL.aspx . Additional details about the Chan Zuckerberg (CZI) Initiative is available at https://chanzuckerberg.com/ .

 

About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.