Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Governor's Expanding Excellence School Mentoring Grant program. This initiative is designed to create a culture of innovation and achievement in Pennsylvania's public schools to increase student achievement.
"This mentoring program is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and is intended to pair high-performing schools with schools that are academically struggling," Gov. Corbett said. "The goal is for schools to share strategies and best practices with each other to increase student achievement to ensure students are graduating prepared for the workforce, postsecondary education and the military."
Public schools with a 2012-13 School Performance Profile score of 90 percent or higher, known as mentors, are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 for each profile component that contributed to their outstanding achievement. Applicants must analyze strategies, processes and techniques, and design a research-based model or training tools that can be used by schools across the state to improve student achievement.