School Turnaround Initiative

In the spring of 2013, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education released a request for proposals for AmeriCorps School Turnaround funding. Springfield College partnered with the Springfield Public Schools to create a targeted and comprehensive proposal and was awarded a School Turnaround grant, allowing expansion of AmeriCorps services to the highest-need public schools in Springfield. Forty-eight AmeriCorps members from the School Turnaround Initiative serve in teams as academic coaches, school counselors, and academic support specialists in chronically low-performing elementary, middle, and high schools. Members support each school’s Turnaround Plan by serving as caring adult advocates, mentors, coaches, and counselors for students struggling with attendance, academics, and social-emotional issues.

School Turnaround Initiative Sites

  • Elementary Schools
  • Brightwood School
  • Elias Brookings School
  • William N. DeBerry School
  • German Gerena Community School
  • White Street School
  • K-8 Schools
  • Alfred G. Zanetti Montessori School
  • Middle Schools
  • Chestnut Accelerated Middle School
  • John F. Kennedy Middle School
  • M. Marcus Kiley Middle School
  • High Schools
  • High School of Commerce

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