Rep. Stutzman: Local schools receive federal grant to invest in educators

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, October 8, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 8, 2019) – Goshen Community Schools are among three school districts awarded a federal grant by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching to create career ladders and mentorship programs for local educators, according to State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury).

Stutzman said Goshen Community Schools will receive a $9.4 million federal Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program Grant to directly support teachers through the TAP System for Teacher and School Advancement. The program will help educators grow as leaders in their profession.

“This is a strong investment in our educators,” Stutzman said. “A great teacher can have a powerful and positive influence on a student. Through this grant, Goshen’s educators will have additional support as they help guide new teachers just getting started in a rewarding career.”

The TAP System helps develop teachers as instructional leaders, plan weekly professional learning opportunities tailored to individual educators and students, create a shared vision for improving teacher practice and student achievement, and implement strategic compensation systems.

According to Stutzman, the grant will help expand opportunities for educators to grow through career ladders and mentorship programs within Goshen Community Schools over the next five years.

Goshen Community Schools serves more than 6,600 students in kindergarten through grade 12. 

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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