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Florida 2010 Grant Abstracts

Grantee Name:

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Project Name:

Hillsborough Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Susan King

Telephone:

(813) 272-4811

Email:

susan.king@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Number of Schools Served:

5

Number of Students Served:

3,061

Year 1 Funding:

$3,904,128

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$11,568,525

The major goals of Hillsborough MSAP correlate with the six purposes of the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program: 1) to promote diversity and provide school choice [MSAP Purposes a, c]; 2) to build capacity within proposed magnet programs and the district's magnet program [MSAP Purpose e]; and, 3) to increase academic achievement for all students [MSAP Purposes b, d, f]. HCPS parents and students overwhelmingly are most interested in academically rigorous magnet programs that will prepare students for successful post-secondary education. With that in mind, Hillsborough MSAP will create magnet programs in four low performing schools and one high performing school, thereby improving the quality of teaching and instruction, and reducing minority group isolation, in all targeted schools.

The Hillsborough MSAP proposed magnet programs will (1) recreate three existing magnet schools with more desirable themes that will improve the vertical articulation between the district's magnet schools and (2) revise two traditional schools into new whole-school magnet schools. Franklin Middle Magnet School will be transformed from Law Studies/Public Service Magnet into Franklin Preparatory Academy, an all male middle school focusing on academic rigor and personal growth with a projected enrollment of 591 students. Lockhart Elementary Magnet School, currently a Global Performing Arts Magnet, will be reconstituted into a Creative Science Centre lower campus (projected enrollment: 463) in conjunction with the adjoining upper campus of Young Middle Magnet School of Math, Science and Technology (projected enrollment: 708). The traditional Roland Park K-8 School will be transformed into an IB Primary Years Programme and IB Middle Years Programme magnet (projected enrollment: 626), and another traditional school, Walker Middle School, will become an IB Middle Years Programme magnet (projected enrollment: 673).

Grantee Name:

Duval County Public Schools

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Sally Hague

Telephone:

(904) 390-2000

Email:

hagues@duvalschools.org

Number of Schools Served:

8

Number of Students Served:

6,181

Year 1 Funding:

$4,000,000

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$12,000,000

Duval County Public Schools (Jacksonville, Florida) requests funding under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) for eight schools, four of which are Title I schools that have failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (Carter Woodson, Woodland Acres, and Spring Park Elementary Schools and Ribault Middle School). The remaining four schools (Mayport and Ortega Elementary Schools and Southside and Mayport Middle Schools) were selected to attract and improve academic rigor and instruction for newly recruited students who currently attend Title I schools that have been identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring and to improve the level of diversity among student populations.

Goals, objectives, and performance measures are aligned with the six purposes of the MSAP. Objectives are briefly described as follows: (1) To reduce minority group isolation; (2) To ensure that all students receive instruction addressing systemic reform elements and aligning with the school's strategic plans; (3) To ensure that all students at each school receive magnet theme instruction; (4) To provide professional development related to systemic reforms and magnet themes; (5) To enable an increasing proportion of students in each NCLB subgroup to meet AYP; and (6) To increase parent participation in each magnet school.

MSAP School Magnet Theme

Carter Woodson El. School of the Medical Arts
Woodland Acres El. School of the Medical Arts
Spring Park El. International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme
Mayport El. Coastal Sciences
Ortega El. Museum Studies
Mayport Middle Coastal Sciences
Ribault Middle Early High School
Southside Middle International Baccalaureate, Middle Years Programme
Grantee Name:

The School Board of Broward County

Project Name:

Growing STEM Schools

Project Director:

Leona Miracola

Telephone:

(754) 321-2380

Email:

leona.miracola@browardschools.com

Number of Schools Served:

6

Number of Students Served:

7,689

Year 1 Funding:

$3,137,326

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$8,642,395

Project description
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, is the sixth largest school system in the United States and serves over 255,000 K-12 students. The District will create academically rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) magnet programs. The Growing STEM Schools project was developed with the dual goals of increasing student achievement in science and mathematics and providing outstanding educational choices while reducing minority isolation. The Growing STEM project will create innovative programs that attract an applicant pool reflecting a diverse student group at each school. Students will have multiple opportunities to participate in inquiry-based projects, working in small groups or individually on problem solving/research-based activities that connect students with others to develop solutions to global issues. Students will participate in challenging academic experiences through math and science virtual environments.

Project goals
The STEM theme will focus on STEM literacy, which includes Scientific literacy, Technological literacy, Engineering literacy, and Mathematical literacy.
The goals of the Growing STEM schools are as follows:

Goal 1: Reduce minority group isolation at the Growing STEM schools.

Goal 2: Increase percentage of proficient students in reading, mathematics and science by 3 percentage points each year of the three-year grant cycle at Growing STEM schools.

Goal 3: Close the achievement gaps between AYP subgroups at the Growing STEM schools by 2 percentage points each year, bringing minority subgroups served at each school closer to the percentage of level 3 and above students in the majority subgroup represented in the district.

Goal 4: Provide an opportunity for students in identified low-performing schools to attend and participate in a Growing STEM school with a higher-performing, rigorous and engaging academic program at their neighborhood schools as well as provide parents the opportunity to have the choice to attend at least two other NCLB choice schools.

Goal 5: Increase enrollment at Growing STEM schools.

Goal 6: Demonstrate capacity to continue operating Growing STEM schools programs at a high performance level, including professional development, after federal funding is terminated.

Goal 7: Demonstrate that all students enrolled in the Growing STEM schools have equitable access to high quality magnet theme programs.

Goal 8: Conduct a rigorous formative and summative evaluation, which will utilize both primary and secondary data.

Number of students served
A total number of 7,689 students will be served at the following schools: Apollo Middle (1,241), Lauderhill Middle (1,024), Margate Middle (1,334), McNicol Middle (1,323), Parkway Middle (1,670), Silver Lakes Middle (1,097).

Grantee Name:

School Board of Polk County

Project Name:

Polytech Global

Project Director:

Brian Warren

Telephone:

(863) 534-0682

Email:

brian.warren@polk-fl.net

Number of Schools Served:

8

Number of Students Served:

4,500

Year 1 Funding:

$3,964,935

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$11,313,504

The School Board of Polk County, Florida is operating an 18-year-old system of magnet schools that served the district well, but the once-innovative programs are no longer unique attractors. The magnets' curriculum standards have since been replicated in feeder schools, and the student enrollment is proving inadequate to prevent minority group isolation for African-Americans. Polytech Global will use technology integration, inquiry-based lessons, and situational learning provided by phosphate mining companies, local engineers, professors, industrial quality control technologists, business managers and civic groups, to attract diverse students and for all to exceed proficiency in all core content areas.

1. A new magnet school, Crystal Academy, will correct minority group isolation in one of Polk's lowest-achieving schools and most eschewed neighborhoods. A new curriculum will be attractive to parents from all demographic subgroups, using inquiry-based engineering projects to integrate learning for math, science, engineering and technology (STEM).

2. Significantly revised themes and curricula will reinvigorate seven magnet schools so they fulfill their desegregation purpose under Polk's existing court order. They will feed newly emerging programs at the University of South Florida-Polytechnic via the district's most celebrated secondary reforms, career academy and International Baccalaureate programs nationally recognized for excellence.

3. Parents in traditionally disadvantaged demographic subgroups will gain empowerment to improve and maintain diversity in magnet schools. A new magnet student selection system will give parents a voice to participate in school decision making. The new system will move representation closer to the district mean for African-Americans in the magnets.

Objectives are:

1. Minority group isolation will be reduced at the proposed magnet schools. Every student will fully participate in the program. By October 1 of each project year, approved enrollment targets for each racial group will be attained by reducing minority group isolation of Black students at each proposed magnet school.

2. All students will receive instruction that includes their school's systemic reforms and magnet themes in units and courses aligned with State standards.

3. All students, at each magnet school, will receive magnet theme instruction. In addition to the new Crystal Academy, this includes STEM at four elementary magnet schools, each serving a different region of the large geographic district, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at three middle school magnets.

4. Each year, for each magnet school, the proportion of students in each NCLB subgroup will meet or exceed the adequate yearly progress standards for their grades.

5. Polytech Global will provide professional development for magnet school teachers related to systemic reforms and development and implementation of the STEM and IB themes.

6. There will be an increase in parent participation at each magnet school. Parent involvement also promotes equitable access to high quality education for all students.

Polytech Global will create one new magnet school and revise seven existing magnet schools. Combined, these eight schools will impact over 4,500 students in Polk County, Florida.


 
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