This initiative provides funds to recruit, hire, and train drug prevention and school safety program coordinators for middle schools with significant drug and violence problems.
|This year a new competition for $45 million will fund approximately 198 new grantees.|
Are located in 46 states;
Support recruiting, hiring, and training approximately 282 coordinators in middle schools; and
Provide coordination services for approximately 483 schools.
Fax: (202) 260-7767
Minneapolis Public Schools received a $272,119 grant to hire three middle school coordinators who work directly with four schools serving students in grades six through eight. The coordinators work within the schools to train teachers, administrators, educational assistants, and chemical-health specialists in the integration of exemplary drug and violence prevention practices into the classroom and the curriculum.
San Marcos received a $130,000 grant to hire three middle school coordinators, each of whom has been assigned to work within one of the three target schools. The coordinators work together to complete a thorough needs assessment and create a comprehensive drug prevention and safety education plan. Each coordinator then focuses on coordinating programs at one campus, working intensively with the principal and Campus Improvement Team (CIT) to set specific campus process and outcome goals. Each coordinator works with volunteers, community-based agencies, and staff to ensure that programs implemented are research-based and that the program continues to follow the original design. Additionally, each coordinator is implementing strategies to gain student and community involvement, and to evaluate the process and outcome of the project.
Community School District #24 in New York City received a $160,000 grant to hire two middle school coordinators, each of whom works district-wide to serve middle schools. One coordinator is bilingual and has the responsibility to develop and maintain relations with the district's limited- and non-English-speaking population. The coordinator trains bilingual staff in issues related to drugs, violence and safety. In addition, the coordinator is responsible for developing and maintaining an updated list of community referral sources that have the ability to provide counseling, treatment and other services in a variety of languages. The second coordinator is responsible for ensuring that a conflict resolution/peer mediation program is active and viable in all of the district's intermediate schools. This coordinator is available to all intermediate schools for training and technical support. Other duties include staying abreast of research in the area and introducing new curricula and program materials when appropriate as well as organizing parent and community workshops on conflict resolution so that skills learned in school can be reinforced at home and in the community.
For additional information on Safe and Drug-Free Schools -- Middle School Coordinators Program, please visit: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSDFS/news.html
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