Schoharie Central joins with 6 schools, BOCES to win $1.2 million
Virtual AP grant
Schoharie Central School District is one of seven
school districts and the Capital Region BOCES to apply for and win a
$1.2 million New York State Education Department grant to develop
virtual Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students. The
effort will make such courses available to greater numbers of students,
better preparing them for college and careers.
The other partner districts in the Capital Region
Virtual AP Consortium include: Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School
District, Cohoes City School District, Duanesburg Central School
District, Mohonasen Central School District, Sharon Springs Central
School District and Watervliet City School District.
The districts worked with the Capital Region BOCES
Grants Development Service to apply for the grant, which was announced
Nov. 30. The grant was one of only 17 awarded statewide, and just nine
consortiums across the state will receive funding. The Capital Region
BOCES Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) and Educational
Support Services staff are serving as lead agency for the program.
Schoharie superintendent Brian Sherman said, "Our
seven districts worked as a team to develop a cohesive plan that will
bring unique coursework opportunities to our students for years to come,
as well as providing teaching staff with the instructional skills and
blended learning capacity for an educational future few could have
imagined a couple years ago.
“In these times of fiscal crisis facing
schools, we need innovative approaches for providing instruction that
will prepare our students to succeed in the global economy we are
currently immersed in.”
The 18-month grant will fund the development of four
blended virtual AP courses, which will be delivered to students in all
the districts through a mix of online and face-to-face teaching. The
program will also increase the number of low-income students taking AP
classes, which could result in those students earning college credit in
The grant was one of only 17 awarded statewide, and
one of only nine consortiums across the state to receive funding. The
grant was written by Capital Region BOCES’ Grants & Development Office
working with its school district partners.
\In a news release announcing the awards, New
York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said “VAP will open
the door to virtual classrooms that will let students take courses on
their own schedule and learn at their own pace. We want every student to
be ready for college and careers, not just those who live in districts
that can afford to offer AP classes.”
The grant awarded to the Capital Region Virtual AP
Fund extensive professional development for
teams of teachers and administrators on creating virtual courses.
Cover AP testing fees for students who are low
Provide interactive video systems to enhance
distance learning and video conferencing (including cameras,
projection displays and audio equipment) for the seven school
Provide tablets (with data plans where
necessary) for all students taking the new courses.