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Grants to help Centerville City Schools effort to mentor, attract diverse staff members

Tiffany Denen, WKEF/WRGT |

Centerville City Schools learned in the past week that it would receive the Diversifying the Education Profession Grant, which is a three-year grant totaling $65,000. It will allow Centerville Schools to offer additional professional development around DEI topics, as well as to expand its mentor program to include minority teaching students from the University of Dayton.

In the fall of 2019, Centerville Schools was awarded a $29,500 Human Capital Strategies in Ohio Grant to be used no later than June 2021. This grant has effectively helped the district develop more strategies to attract high-quality teaching candidates as well as to support current educators. Since 2019, these funds have been used for costs associated with staff professional development, as well as to establish an undergraduate mentor program with Wright State University and outreach at Central State University. Four of these mentors have plans to come to Centerville Schools for their student teaching experience.

The two grants will also both be used to support the district’s work around its Diversity Plan, which was developed by the DEI team before being adopted by the Centerville Board of Education over the summer.

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