MNPS Receives Second Wave of Large Department of Education Grants

Dr. Shawn Joseph and MNPS Board Members announced today two new Department of Education grants received by Metro Schools. These grants come on the heels of another $15 million magnet schools grant Metro Schools received last week.

Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant ($15 Million)

MNPS will use the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant over five years to convert five elementary schools into whole-school magnet programs:

  • Glencliff Entrepreneurship STEAM Magnet Elementary School (545 students)
  • Inglewood Environmental Sciences STEAM Magnet Elementary School (230 students)
  • Rosebank STEAM Magnet School: Integrated Technology and Biological Sciences (302 students)
  • Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School (300 students)
  • John B. Whitsitt Environmental Engineering STEAM Magnet Elementary School (451 students)

These five schools were chosen because of the demographic, economic status and achievement level of their students.

This grant will be used to:

  • Improve diversity
  • Improve academic achievement
  • Increase access to magnet programs
  • Increase capacity in magnet offerings

Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) Grant ($1.2 Million)

MNPS will use the Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant to provide professional development for all visual arts and music teachers at the 55 Title I elementary schools in the district. The grant will also be used to build upon our partnerships with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and, which will provide learning opportunities to expand our art teachers’ knowledge and skills and to enhance their instructional practices in the classroom.

This grant will focus on:

  • Research-based instruction and blended learning approaches
  • Standards-based, technology-infused instruction
  • Increasing student achievement in literacy by integrating core standards into visual arts and music instruction

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant ($7.7 million)

MNPS will use the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant to expand the use of the pyramid model in pre-K and kindergarten classes. The pyramid model is a framework for promoting social, emotional and behavioral development of young children. The district will develop materials and strategies to equip teachers with the knowledge needed to implement the pyramid model in their classroom. This work will be done in partnership with Vanderbilt University, the University of South Florida, the University of Colorado and SRI (External Evaluator).