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Project Prevent Safe*PLACE is a five-year federally funded grant with the intention to support schools as they build a new, sustainable mental health support system that targets all students at the appropriate level.  The project goal is for ALL students to learn in a safe, trusting, trauma-sensitive school environment.  The purpose is to increase the school’s capacity to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to pervasive violence, help offered affected students mental health services for trauma or anxiety, and reduce the likelihood these students will later commit violent acts.  The grant serves 121 schools and more than 54,700 students across 13 districts. Nine mental health professionals will be embedded in the participating districts to support identified students/families with mental health.

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GRREC’s STOP School Violence Prevention Program, STAAR (School Threat Assessment & Anonymous Reporting), is a three-year federally funded grant with the goal of preventing and reducing school violence. To meet our goal, STAAR has three main objectives: 1) implement school threat assessments; 2) implement school intervention teams to identify potential school violence risks among students; and 3) promote district STOP (Safety Tip-line Online Prevention) tip lines and other anonymous reporting options. STAAR is designed to build capacity in each school, district and across the GRREC region by working side by side with districts, School Safety Coordinators, and districts’ local law enforcement agencies to assess school safety and security risks and develop an all-hazards approach to school safety. The grant will also provide specific trainings for schools or districts around school safety and violence prevention identified through school security risk/safety assessments.

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The GRREC Special Education team provides professional learning experiences, coaching, and technical assistance to member districts to support the unique needs of students with disabilities.  With an emphasis on closing the achievement gap between all students and students with disabilities, Special Education Consultants offer assistance in the areas of math, literacy, behavior, low incidence disabilities, assistive technology, transition, and due process. 

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GRREC is a partner in Western Kentucky University’s University Principal Preparation Initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation. This grant is intended to improve the effectiveness of principals, which is demonstrated through research to have a dramatic impact on student learning and achievement.

Through collaboration with WKU, local districts, and state partners, we will create an integrated leader tracking system that will provide feedback to WKU on their principal preparation program, improve the effectiveness of school leaders, and improve recruitment, placement, and retention of effective principals. The leader tracking system will help create a leadership pipeline, which includes data, experience, and competencies to enhance our districts’ abilities to place effective school leaders in every school.

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STEM-CS is a five-year federally funded EIR grant with the intention to increase teacher effectiveness in the classroom and increase student achievement in STEM fields. Teacher participants are from seven different GRREC school districts who serve rural communities. The high school cohort will begin project work in the first year of the grant with the middle school cohort joining in the third year. Project work will include completing the U.S. Satellite Laboratory’s Endeavor STEM Leadership program and then have the option of pursuing either a Master’s degree (to achieve dual-credit certification), Micro-credentials, or National Board Certification. Additionally, the grant will support professional learning opportunities that address understanding poverty, STEM curriculum development, using achievement data, establishing a STEM network, and increasing access to more STEM opportunities for students.