Grants Office Update: March 2020

Principal Investigator: Keith Trahan
Department: Administration and Policy Studies 
Project Title: CEAC Program Evaluation Project with Propel Schools
Agency Name: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Award Dates: 12/1/19 – 11/30/20 
Amount: $29,994

The Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will again work with Propel Charter Schools After School Program, serving as the program evaluator for its 21stCentury Learning Center grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. CEAC is building upon prior work with Propel, having served in the same capacity with Propel on its prior 21CCLC grant from 2012-2016. Dr. Keith Trahan, CEAC Interim Director and visiting faculty in the School of Education, will lead CEAC team of graduate and undergraduate students in the evaluation project. CEAC will work across Propel’s thirteen school throughout Allegheny County, to engage stakeholders with the implementation and utilization of collaborative evaluation methods, in order to help improve after school programming for students and families. 

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and administered by PDE. The purpose of this program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, to offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.At the same time, centers help working parents by providing a safe environment for students during non-school hours and periods when school is not in session.