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Grant Expected to Give Hannibal Schools a Boost

As part of an $898,375 award secured by Oswego County BOCES through a Strengthening Teacher/Leader Effectiveness (STLE 3) grant, the Hannibal Central School District is poised to reap the rewards.

Through the grant, which was awarded by the State Education Department, Hannibal will receive $200,000. Other districts also slated to receive funding include Oswego and Phoenix, which helped write the grant as well.

School officials in Hannibal are allocating the funds to create district-wide career ladders for teachers and principals.

The grant will be used to propel the district’s efforts in transforming curriculum and instruction by increasing the capacity of administration and teacher leaders.

The funding will enable the district to hire one classroom teacher as a literacy coach. This position will support teachers to implement Common Core Learning Standards as part of the new curriculum.

The ultimate goal of the grant is to provide the means for more students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

Other activities supported by the grant include teacher-to-teacher classroom visitations, principal-to-principal visitations, professional development for professional learning community facilitators, teacher-directed professional development focused on planning, and use of best practices in literacy instruction, data-driven instruction and effective implementation of the Common Core.

The district is currently assembling a team to plan and monitor the grant activities.