Chatham County Schools receives $70,000 grant from Duke Energy

Pittsboro, NC – On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan gratefully accepted a check in the amount of $70,000 from Indira Everett, a Duke Energy Foundation representative. The check represents The Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to Growing Great Teachers through professional development in Chatham County.

With the leadership of Jaime Detzi, Chatham County Education Foundation Executive Director, and Dr. Amanda Hartness the district applied for funding for professional development to support district programs and staff.
Duke Energy Foundation Donation to Chatham County SchoolsDr. Amanda Hartness, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services & Instructional Support comments, “Research suggests that quality professional development for teachers can be one of the most effective strategies for increasing student achievement. We plan to utilize the framework for implementing professional development based on Thomas Guskey’s research. We are excited to have the support of Duke Energy and the Chatham Education Foundation to support professional learning across our district.”

The professional development grant includes resources and funding to support the following opportunities:
● Dual Language best practices support for Dual Language teachers with Karen Beeman, a National expert on Dual Language instruction
● Content area support for unit development to support the Common Instructional Framework
● Professional Development sessions to support Multi Tiered Systems of Support Training for all elementary, middle, and K-8 schools
● Professional development training for behavior strategies
● STEM strategies and Project-based learning strategies in STEM programs
● Effective grading practices training
● ESL teachers will receive training in language acquisition and literacy strategies with Karen Beeman, a National expert on biliteracy
● Writing training for elementary teachers with Jonathan LeMaster, a well known literacy expert
● Other instructional trainings as needed as the year progresses and data supports

The Duke Energy Foundation, along with employee and retiree volunteers, provide philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of communities. Annually, the Foundation funds over $25 million in charitable grants. The Duke Energy Foundation powers vibrant communities in the regions served by focusing on investment opportunities with the most potential for impact. This grant specifically addresses the Education–STEM and Early Childhood Literacy priority which aims to:

● Support effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or teach critical reading skills

Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) strengthens communities in Chatham County, NC by partnering with community residents, businesses, and foundations to open doors to personal and educational growth opportunities for ALL students in Chatham County Schools. Since 1993, CEF’s volunteers and community supporters have brought new learning experiences to public school students and their teachers with grant programs and partnership projects.