Being a mentor has not been intrusive, she added.
“We just continue to do our things as we do it,” she said. “We basically just allow other teachers to learn through example through video conferencing, classroom observation and sharing forms and procedures.”
Part of being identified as an effective school, Bliss-Lamb said, is to have formal procedures that other people can look at.
Bliss-Lamb said she was happy to when the she learned the grant would be extended into another year.
“It continues to reinforce and validate the hard work and dedication of all the teachers and staff,” she said.
“Although $10,000 seems like a lot, it really isn’t,” Bliss-Lamb continued. “But it really does help in these times.”
The funds allow Bliss-Lamb to continue to provide updated materials needed for special education and academic intervention teachers, she said.
For example, Bliss-Lamb said she was able to purchase books to help with literacy, that she could give to every special education teacher that she would not have been able to afford without the funds.
“It only cost me like a few hundred dollars, but it was still a few hundred dollars we did not have in the budget,” she said.
Some of the money was also used to train teachers last June, which would not have been possible without the grant, according to Bliss-Lamb. She said workshops on reaching the new common core standards were a part of the teacher training.
“Our main focus this year is on getting students to reach the next level. We want to take what we are doing up a notch,” she said.