Kenowa Hills Public Schools (KHPS) received $147,550 in grant funds from the Michigan Department of Education as part of their 21j Grant. According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Section 21j of the 2017 -2018 State School Aid Act provides grants for the design and implementation of competency-based education programs. Districts in Michigan competed for the grant funding which totaled $500,000. KHPS was one of seven schools to be awarded.
“At Kenowa Hills, our greatest goal is preparing our students for a successful future,” said Kenowa Hills Assistant Superintendent Mike Burde. “The traditional model for education was never designed for the success of all students. We have been working hard to rethink and redesign what the optimal educational experience should look like for our learners and these grant resources will be a significant boost in helping our team make this vision a reality."
The 21j grant funds will be used to hire a Competency-Based Education (CBE) Support Specialist who will provide ongoing and consistent professional development to the KHPS instructional and leadership staff. The CBE specialist will work the leadership and school improvement teams to refine and implement district and building-level CBE plans, as well as work closely with all K-12 staff to further lead the work that has already been completed surrounding the Personal Mastery program at KHPS.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the MDE for the work we have done thus far and this grant will provide a significant resource toward advancing our efforts,” said KHPS Superintendent Gerald Hopkins. “Our staff has worked tirelessly to redesign the traditional educational system and this grant is an affirmation of their tremendous efforts."