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FFY 2019 SOAR Act Grant Awardees

The SOAR Third-Party grants are available through a competitive process to eligible non-profit organizations with a demonstrated history of success working with DC charter schools on projects that are designed to: 1) have a direct and rapid (within two years) impact on the academic achievement and outcomes for public charter school students across multiple school LEAs; or 2) designed to impact student outcomes at multiple charter LEAs indirectly by enhancing the organizational capacity of charter LEAs to operate as fiscally and operationally sound nonprofit organizations and schools. The chart below shows the newly awarded SOAR Third-Party grantees:

SOAR Third-Party Grantees Amount
DC Public Charter School Cooperative $293,781.40
Education Pioneers $216,893.07
EmpowerK12 $293,879.85
FOCUS $220,419.80
MedStar Research Health Institute $293,879.85
One World Education $292,732.19
School Leader Lab $250,361.64
Urban Teacher Center $154,293.87

See below for project summaries from the grantees.

DC Public Charter School Cooperative’s "Accelerating Reading Outcomes for Students with Disabilities" will mitigate the reading achievement gap for students with disabilities by providing schools with the training/materials needed to implement Read 180, an evidence-based intervention with high efficacy in distance-learning or school sites.

Education Pioneers will provide up to four high-quality leaders to Charter LEAs in order to add operational capacity as schools respond to and recover from ongoing COVID-19 effects. They will provide leadership development for Fellows to maximize efficacy and share knowledge and best practices across the charter community.

EmpowerK12’s Boldly Data-Driven Schools Project will create tailored plans to improve partner LEAs' data-driven capacity, utilizing frequently-updated student data to drive rapid gains. EmpowerK12 will develop dashboards focused on hybrid learning engagement for LEA continuous improvement.

FOCUS will continue to provide sector-wide training on data use and school quality including targeted support to new schools. School quality programs will emphasize technical assistance in the areas of distance learning, compliance, EL and special education programs, and race and equity training.

MedStar Research Health Institute’s The Center for Wellbeing in School Environments (WISE Center) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will provide multi-tiered, whole-school support to LAMB PCS and DC Prep Edgewood and Benning clusters, tailored to each school's identified needs.

One World Education Program will be implemented in ten charter schools and offers PD, curriculum, student journals, coaching, and evaluation for teachers to use to support students in developing research and writing skills. 90 percent of One World Education schools achieve statistically significant gains (World Bank 2018).

School Leader Lab will train 15 instructional leaders from 8 Les As to improve results for their students and schools. School Leader Cohort is an 18-month program focused on equity and context, instructional leadership, and adult leadership through coaching, training, consultancies, practice, and assessments.

Urban Teacher Center will provide direct professional development and support to 28+ total teachers-in-training ("residents") in both special and general education (elementary, secondary math, or secondary ELA) across four LEAs: Achievement Prep PCS, Capital Village PCS, I DREAM PCS, and Rocketship DC PCS.