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Smaller Learning Communities Grant

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Smaller Learning Communities Grant

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  1. Smaller Learning Communities Grant • According to the Dept. of Education BHS grant scored 95-points out of a possible 100-points • (SLC) Grant Program awards discretionary grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to support improve student academic achievement • Beverly one of 28 grants awarded nationally and the only High School in N.E. • There were 138 applicants nationally. • BHS eligible for $378,000 per year for 5 years ($1,890,000)

  2. Grant - Personnel • Washington D.C. Dept. of Education Liason: Beth Baggett • D.E.S.E oversight of grant funds • Dr. Maryellen Duffy Assistant Superintendent • Dr. Ann Papagiotas Grant Program Director • Joe Dimartino, Dr. Tom Billings : Center Secondary School Redesign Consultants Group

  3. Smaller Learning Communities Grant • To Increase Student Achievement for ALL students while closing the existing achievement gap for low income and SPED students • To provide All students with a rigorous, equitable, relevant, program of studies • To create a school climate that provides personalized learning environment for All students, staff, family, business and community partnerships • To successfully implement a Freshman Academy that successfully eases the transition from middle to high school and successfully begins the personalization process for ALL freshman

  4. Year 1 Goal • Implement 8.5 program (pilot) - Expand • Expand advisory for all students - includes technical assistance PD • CPT training for all teachers / PD in MI-theory and Reluctant learner • Freshman academy planning - includes PD • Administrative PD for change Breaking Ranks II CSSR • Expand freshman transition orientation • Revise program of studies for rigor / Increase Graduation Requirement

  5. Year 2 Goals • Implementation Freshman Academy with technical assistance • Eliminate CP2 level classes Math / English • On-going PD for instruction and assessment • Expand freshman orientation program • Expand advisories for career decision-making for grades 10-12 • Implement a shadow program for grades 10-12 • Expand parent outreach • Develop PPP’s for freshman / PD support for freshman teacher teams

  6. Year 3 Goals • PD for all teacher regarding differentiating instruction ongoing • Enhance career planning for grades 10-12 • PD for all teachers regarding the reluctant learner ongoing • PD for all guidance counselors regarding Naviance, Accuplacer, Career Planning etc. • Expand credit recovery programs and intervention programs for students

  7. Year 4 Goals • Planning for grade 12 service learning project • PD for all teachers regarding ongoing training Professional Learning Communities • Expand partnerships with businesses and area colleges includes AP / Dual Enrollment opportunities • PD for data team

  8. Year 5 Goals • Implement Grade 12 service learning project • Review of progress towards achievement of overall goals yearly • Planning for full sustainability of all programs and structures beyond grant

  9. SLC Grant funding will help us with... • Ongoing staff professional development: • Teacher teaming, pathways to college support, successful transition planning, teaching reluctant learners, creating purposeful advisories, grading and assessment, data teams, PLC, differentiating instruction at the HS, freshman transition programs, learning styles / MI theory, skillful teacher, ….to name a few

  10. Planning Committee Volunteers • Leadership Committee: Sean Gallagher • SLC - Design Team (Implementation): Erin Brown / Joe Clement • Freshman Academy: Betty Taylor / Matt Poska • Community Outreach: Dan Bauer / Betty Taylor • Scheduling Committee: Erin Brown / Dan Bauer