• The department of Federal Programs and Grant Development provides support to all Cartwright District schools, administrators, teachers, and students through supplemental programs funded by federal and state grants, including Title I-A, Title II- A, Title IV-A, Targeted School Improvement, Comprehensive School Improvement, State Tutoring, Education for Homeless Children & Youth, and the Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Center block grant. 


    Support Includes:

    • District and campus planning assistance
    • Data analysis and support for low performing campuses
    • Building leadership capacity of school administrators and teams to implement and sustain comprehensive school improvement
    • Professional Development for Principals and Teachers
    • Intervention and enrichment programs for students
    • Parent education programs and family engagement activities


    We believe federally-funded programs, combined with skilled and supportive program staff members, help the district achieve both its mission to “empower students to go above and beyond their potential” and its vision of preparing students “to become independent, confident, lifelong learners.”

    Derek Etheridge 

    Dr. Derek Etheridge
    Director of Federal Programs and Grant Development
    Dr. Etheridge began his career with the Cartwright School District in 2006 after moving from his
    hometown in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Dr. Etheridge is a former middle school math teacher, math
    content specialist, assistant principal, and principal. Dr. Etheridge began in the Federal Programs
    department in May of 2019. He earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education
    from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his master’s degree in K-12 leadership from Capella
    University, and his doctoral degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in K-12 leadership
    from Grand Canyon University. Dr. Etheridge also acquired a Master of Accountancy in 2019.
    Dr. Etheridge’s favorite things to do include spending time with his family and attending baseball
    games during the spring and summer. In fact, his personal goal is to visit every professional baseball stadium in the United States; he hopes his one-year-old daughter will grow to share his same love for the game. In his role as the Director of Federal Programs, Dr. Etheridge is committed to providing
    principals and schools with the resources they need to ensure high levels of learning for all students.