FAMU SMART Academies Grant Announcement
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Education in collaboration with the Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (DRS) is proud to announce the receipt of a second five-year grant award, becoming one of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) model programs. This year’s award was made possible as the result of the project’s exemplary implementation over the past five years. The grant has a value of $1,025,730 over a five-year period with an award amount of $227,940 for the 2014-2015 grant year. The award exceeds the 2013-2014 grant award by $131,040.
FAMU SMART Academies (21st CCLC) is a School-Within-A-School, after school program, housed at FAMU DRS. Commensurate with the federal and state education mandates, FAMU SMART Academies embraces the opportunity to positively influence student performance through the implementation of innovational educational practices. Select academic disciplines are offered in after school and summer programs for students enrolled in grades K-12 at DRS. FAMU SMART Academies feature five academies in the areas of Science, Mathematics, the Arts, Reading and Technology. The Arts, including visual, performing and culinary are infused in each academy. The academies provide opportunities that address the academic needs of students through project-based learning activities, homework assistance, tutoring, field experiences, career exploration, service learning, character education, physical education, recreational activities, and dropout prevention. All instructions are delivered through curricular materials that are research-proven. Academies offer parent involvement opportunities to facilitate character development and encourage family literacy. The FAMU SMART Academies program is primarily designed to support DRS academic structure; enhance students’ performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FACT); increase the number of students graduating from high school; improve the academic performance of at-risk students; and facilitate at-risk students’ admission to college.
Again, CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Ellis! We are very proud of you and your accomplishments!!!!!