The grant will support an existing partnership between the MSU College of Education's Office of K-12 Outreach and Flint Community Schools, which — with the support of an earlier $2 million grant from the Mott Foundation — has initiated reforms in personnel policy, the collection and use of data, and the provision of services to pre-K children and their families. The new funding will enable K-12 Outreach to work with Flint schools to develop student support systems that nurture and guide students from pre-K through high school graduation; strengthen curriculum and instruction through more effective collaboration; bolster the district's leadership and organizational capacity; and strengthen community relations, including a focus on wrap-around services for children.
"Flint Community Schools is excited to be entering year two of our partnership with Michigan State University's Office of K-12 Outreach," said Flint Community Schools superintendent Bilal Tawwab. "As I visit schools and engage with teachers and leaders, there is an observable shift in the conversation. More and more, our leaders and teachers are engaged in meaningful dialogue on what matters most — teaching and learning."
"This is a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students of Flint Community Schools," said Barbara Markle, assistant dean and director of the Office of K-12 Outreach. "MSU K-12 Outreach has a long history of applying cutting-edge educational research to the practical problems of Michigan schools. We have learned that the key to success is working directly with teachers, administrators, and students."