LVUSD Receives $1.5 Million Special Education Capacity Grant
The Las Virgenes Unified School District was awarded a $1.5 Million Special Education Capacity Grant by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in late December. LVUSD responded to the grant request in early fall. The intent of the grant is to provide opportunities and flexibility to design local solutions to meeting their needs for credentialed special education teachers. With a shortage of credentialed special education teachers in the region and across the state, this funding will provide the training, mentorship, and ongoing coaching to bring 60 new special education teachers over 4 years to the Las Virgenes area.
Furthermore, the grant funding allows for $20,000 scholarships for individuals to receive their special education teaching credentials. LVUSD will support this new grant program out of their Center for Educational Excellence (CenterEdX), which opened in January 2018, and offers three teacher and administrator credential programs. “LVUSD is paving the way for a new model of teacher and administrator development in the state of California,” said Dan Stepenosky, Superintendent.
“Through our CenterEdX programs, teachers and administrators are receiving cutting-edge, practical training to be successful in their careers.”
The Las Virgenes Unified School District continues to demonstrate their ability to acquire grant funding for their innovative programs. In 2018, LVUSD received $2,500,000 in grant funding alone which has funded innovative initiatives for teacher preparation, counseling supports, student wellness, and e-cigarette enforcement.
LVUSD will be launching their new grant-funded Special Education program in early 2019. Those who are interested in learning more can visit www.centeredx.lvusd.org.