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Grants and More

Tahlequah Public Schools is always looking for additional funding to increase student learning and teacher knowledge.  Grants are essential to creating the environment that we know our students will grow in.

TPS has applied for and received the Oklahoma Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (OSRCL) grant awarded by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  This grant has an initial award amount of just over $100,000 to purchase books, reading remediation and assessment programs and many other items to help our students increase their reading ability.  The following three years the district will receive $325,000 a year to reach our literacy goals.  The entire amount received for this grant will be over one million dollars.

OSRCL grant funds will be used to employ Literacy Coaches/Teachers across the district.  Literacy materials will be purchased for classrooms at each site.  Our elementary classrooms will receive books, magazines, electronic subscriptions to a variety of print, writing materials and much more.  Middle School and High School students in need of remediation will have access to a research based program to help them increase their academic achievement in Reading.  We are very thankful and excited to have this resource to help our students become better readers.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has applied for and received the federal GEAR UP grant.  The grant is a seven-year grant for over 2.4 million dollars. TPS has been chosen as one of the ten districts across the state to be a part of the grant.  The program is designed to prepare middle and high school students for college success through direct student services, teacher PLC training and parent and family support and outreach activities. Two state GEAR UP employees will work at TMS and THS throughout the year to help guide our teachers’ learning and prepare our students for success after high school. This grant will directly affect all our students in grades 7-12 for the next seven years.  Students at TMS and THS will go on college visits and attend college planning workshops.  This program will be instrumental in helping our students decide what path is the best for them after high school.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has applied for and received the federal Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program grant.  The grant is a four-year grant for 2.2 million dollars.  TPS has been chosen as one of the four school districts across the state to benefit from this grant.  The purpose of this grant is to enhance the ability of our elementary schools to identify gifted and talented students and meet their special educational needs.  A team of our elementary teachers will be trained to develop Gifted and Talented lesson plans and strategies to share with all educators across the state.  The grant will also help the district host a GT summer camp starting the summer of 2019.  The professional development and lesson planning available in this grant will help us better serve ALL our elementary students.

These three grants have tremendous opportunity to help our students across the district.  Many programs and activities would not be possible without these supplemental funding sources.  TPS is committed to continually finding alternative ways to help every child reach their full potential.