The grants require schools to develop a collaborative proposal to implement three of the ten practices of high achieving schools with a focus on the development of a professional learning community using technology integration to increase student achievement. Awards for grant recipients include a maximum of $40,000 in technology equipment and staff release time, and $25,000 for year-long professional development through the K20 Center’s OK-ACTS program. Phase II, the OETT/OK-ACTS Grants to Schools program, deepens the work for whole school learning. Administrators who have successfully completed Phase I Leadership training are eligible to apply for OETT Grants to Schools.
The job-embedded professional development utilizes an on-going, constructivist design and is individualized to meet the specific needs of each school for implementation of their grant goals, their chosen practices and the specific technology purchased. The OK-ACTS staff collaboratively develops the professional development plan with the administrator and learning team for the year-long professional development. Over the course of the year, teachers receive between 30 and 40 hours of professional development in monthly sessions. These sessions are supplemented by quarterly meetings, site visits, an Innovative Learning Institute, and continued support and collaboration with schools.