Lawson and Schiller Part of CASDA’s Leadership Team to Implement Schenectady’s NYSED Grant

Albany, NY (February 26, 2013) - Schenectady City School District has been awarded a $2.45 million School Innovation Fund (SIF) grant from the New York State Education Department.

This grant is part of New York State’s Race to the Top program, and its aim is to support school districts to increase high school graduation rates, college and career readiness of high school graduates, college persistence, and college graduation rates by increasing availability of resources for students at most risk. 

With the external guidance, support, technical assistance, and consultation provided by The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), Schenectady leaders will use its grant to create a research-supported, innovative community school model at Lincoln Elementary School.  Lincoln’s leaders will work with Ellis Medicine to create a school-based health center, at the same time they partner with the Child Guidance Center to develop on-site counseling and mental health services.  This new community school model also includes the development of a family empowerment center with an emphasis on adult education and career skills for parents; expanded education during out-of-school time to support students with additional learning needs and aspirations; enriched learning and instruction aligned with the Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills to prepare students to be college and career ready; firm connections with Head Start; and youth development and leadership programs.  School of Education faculty Dr. Hal Lawson and Dr. Katy Schiller were instrumental in assisting Schenectady to secure the grant, and both will continue to serve as members of CASDA’s leadership team.  Schiller will lead the evaluation, while Lawson will provide guidance regarding research-supported, community school designs, capacity-building needs, and innovation-related opportunities and challenges.