Through the Effective Schools component of The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative, the Foundation supports district-wide school improvement plans aimed at increased educational attainment and improved student achievement.
The Foundation provides grant funding to the nine public school districts within its service area to enhance professional development for teachers and strengthen leadership capacity for administrators in a way that continues to deepen previous work by the districts in these areas. These district-level grants are used to fund targeted coaching and mentoring of teachers; leadership development for administrators; and participation in Institutes provided by The Orchard Foundation. New teacher induction programs are also being delivered with funds provided in the district grant.
In addition, the Foundation offers Strategic Solutions Fund challenge grants, which are multi-year grants designed to encourage districts to be creative and forward thinking while adding depth to their current strategic visions. Grants totaling $2,250,310 have been awarded to Central Louisiana School Districts under the Strategic Solutions Fund.
The Foundation’s Effective Schools component also provides technical assistance to each school district through contracts with experts in the field of education.