SHAPE P-20: Success for All Students

  • Schools and Higher Education Advancing Public Education across the P-20 Spectrum 

    The University of Montana (UM) and Missoula County Public Schools, with the support of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, will embark on a groundbreaking collaboration that will transform the relationship among classrooms, schools, and student experiences from preschool to doctoral ("P-20"), with the potential to shape the future of public education in the United States. 

    This partnership, supported by a $1.6 million, three-year grant from the Washington Foundation, is titled SHAPE P-20: Success for All Students (Schools and Higher education Advancing Public Education across the P-20 Spectrum). It begins in January 2013 and continues through January 2016. MCPS will receive $760,455 for identified programs and services through the grant award.

    The project is designed to ensure all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in the 21st century, including critical thinking and creative problem-solving, ability to work as part of a team and capacity to communicate effectively.  Once proven successful, SHAPE P-20 is intended to be scalable and made available to communities across the country.

    The program's three-year goals are clear: increase high-school retention and graduation rates, develop family and community investment, and deliver skills essential to success in the 21st century. 

    Notable elements of the SHAPE P-20 program include:

    1. Design and implementation of leading-edge classroom instructional technologies: Montana Digital Academy online "second chances" for struggling students and training in effectively integrating digital learning tools and face-to-face instruction.
    2. Training and implementation of timely and developmentally appropriate assessment and instructional approaches to engage and retain all students: readiness studies and activities for all ages, including family engagement and student engagement through thematic academies.
    3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives: college, career and citizenship readiness in STEM and the health sciences; A UM master's program for Teaching STEM and MCPS STEM master teachers corps; after-school and weekend programs.
    4. Professional growth opportunities for educators to encourage innovation. 

    About The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation:

    The major philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies and the Washington family, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation’s values mirror those of its Western heritage. The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation strives to better the human condition by supporting programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the quality of their lives and to benefit society as a whole. Since its inception in 1988, grants awarded or pledged by the Foundation and personal contributions of the Washington Family to charitable causes total more than $135 million.