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New York 2010 Grant Abstracts

Grantee Name:

New York City Community School District 30

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Todd Levitt

Telephone:

(718) 391-8323

Email:

tlevitt@schools.nyc.gov

Number of Schools Served:

7

Number of Students Served:

5,077

Year 1 Funding:

$3,787,532

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$11,375,730

A brief description of major objectives/performance measures:
Objective 1: Minority group isolation will be reduced at 6 highly minority group isolated magnet schools; minority group isolation will be reduced by specific percentage points each year (1.1 – 1.7); Each year, applicant pool for each magnet school will reflect racial and ethnic compositions that in relation to the total school enrollments will reduce minority group isolation (1.8); Each year, each magnet school will receive at least 65 applications (1.9); Each year, class minority:non-minority ratios will not deviate from grade ratios by more than 15% (1.10).

Objective 2: All students will receive instruction that includes their school's systemic reforms and magnet themes in units and courses aligned with State standards. Each year, magnet schools will complete comprehensive education plans with objectives and activities that support systemic reforms (2.1); Each year, units reflecting systemic reforms will be developed, used with students for a specific number of minutes per week (2.2).

Objective 3: All students in each magnet school program will receive magnet theme instruction. Each year, magnet theme related units will be developed, used with students for a specific number of minutes per week and published (3.1, 3.2).

Objective 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. Magnet schools will show improvement in reading and mathematics each year for all students and subgroups (4.1, 4.2); all magnet schools will attain NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all students and subgroups each year (4.3). By end of project period, magnet school students will develop mastery of the magnet curriculum (4.4).

Objective 5: Provide professional development for magnet school teachers related to systemic reforms and magnet theme development and implementation. Each year, magnet school teachers will receive at least 30 hours of professional development related to systemic reforms and magnet theme (5.1, 5.2)

Objective 6: There will be an increase in parent participation at each magnet school. Each year, there will be an increase (compared with the previous year) in parent participation in the magnet schools each year (6.1)

Names of magnet schools, special curricular programs, and number of students who will participate (2010-11): PS 76: Magnet School of Health and Wellness (599 students); PS/IS 111: Magnet School of Multimedia, Communication Arts and Journalism (473 Students); PS 151: IB/PYP Global Communication and Foreign Language Magnet School (643 Students); PS 171: Magnet School of the Arts (640 Students); IS 141: Magnet School for Advanced Mathematics, Technology and Environmental Engineering (1,018 students); IS 204; Magnet School for Living Green in a Global Society (761 students); IS 230 Magnet School for Civics in the Community (943 Students).

Grantee Name:

New York City Community School District 3

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Lainie Leber

Telephone:

(917) 543-7653

Email:

lleber@schools.nyc.gov

Number of Schools Served:

8

Number of Students Served:

3,056

Year 1 Funding:

$3,765,525

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$11,309,708

District 3's magnet desegregation plan will expand choice options to students and provide a large pool of students of different social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds to reduce minority group isolation in the seven proposed highly minority group isolated magnet schools.  Further, the project will promote desegregation within the project schools by using proven strategies and instructional techniques to ensure that students from different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds have ongoing opportunities to interact with one another in classroom activities, after school programs and other magnet program activities.

The proposed magnet program will meld cooperative learning strategies with project-based learning to ensure that students are prepared to live and work in real-world settings. Providing Equity for All Students, District 3 will use technology as a tool for teaching and learning that will support student learning in all core academic subjects and access to a challenging and engaging education.These efforts will be conducted within the framework of Joseph Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) as the overarching reform model

In addition, the schools will engage in curriculum mapping and thoughtfully redesign their core subjects, skillfully weaving their exciting theme throughout the content and school as a whole. The following are the names of the magnet schools, special curricular programs, and number of students who will participate (2010-11): PS 87: Community Studies/Classroom without Walls (1,019 students); PS 145: Magnet School for Technology and Multimedia Communication (523 students); PS 185: Early Childhood School of Discovery (246 students); PS 191: Museum Magnet School for Inquiry, Innovation and Imagination (486 students); PS 208: School for Environmental Stewardship (227 students); PS 241: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet School (154); PS 242: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (248); MS 421: West Prep Academy – Youth Voice through Youth Media (153 students).

Grantee Name:

City School District of Albany

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Stanley Harper

Telephone:

(518) 454-3987

Email:

sharper@albany.k12.ny.us

Number of Schools Served:

4

Number of Students Served:

2,400

Year 1 Funding:

$2,500,000

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$7,500,000

The City School District of Albany has selected Albany High School, an identified Persistently Low-Achieving School, to be restructured into four magnet academies (the Citizenship Academy, the Discovery Academy, the Innovation Academy, and the Leadership Academy), to reduce racial isolation and the improve academic success of its students. The scope of services will address personalizing education for students, closing the achievement gap among sub-groups and improving the quality of teaching and instruction in this school through an extensive, embedded professional development plan. This plan increases the academic rigor of coursework and raises the expectation that all students can be successful. Both academic and social emotional supports will be structured to attain this goal. With the standards for academic success raised; there will be an expectation that minority enrollment in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Early College High School course will increase as will graduation rates. Students will graduate prepared for higher education and the workforce.

Students in Albany High will now be able to enroll in one of the four magnet academies that will be funded under this project; the Citizenship Academy will focus on Exploring a Global Perspective; the Discovery Academy will focus on Exploring our Personal/Creative World; the Innovation Academy will focus on Exploring the Physical World, and the Leadership Academy will focus on Exploring the Strengths within Each of Us. Each magnet academy will enroll a maximum of 600 students. Enrollment in each academy will occur through the use of a lottery that will be conducted to ensure that racial isolation will be prevented when the high school is restructured into four magnet academies.

The district has been committed to magnet schools since the inception of its three elementary magnets in 1990.

Grantee Name:

New York City Community School District 14

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Joseph Gallagher

Telephone:

(718) 968-6186

Email:

jgallag@schools.nyc.gov

Number of Schools Served:

5

Number of Students Served:

3,219

Year 1 Funding:

$3,382,808

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$10,182,995

Community School District 14 (CSD 14) is located in the northwest section of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.

We propose to convert five schools into whole-school magnet programs in order to provide CSD 14 families with innovative educational options: by the end of the third year of the project, the Global and Ethical Studies magnet (PS 19) will serve 534 students in grades K-5; the Communication and Multimedia Arts magnet (PS 250) will serve 603 K-5 students; PS 257, a Performing Arts magnet, will serve 930 students in grades K-5; the Literary Arts and Integrated Technology magnet (PS 380) will serve 642 K-5 students; and the Environmental Engineering program at MS 126 will serve 510 students in grades 6-8.

During the 2010-13 funding cycle, CSD 14 will design and implement aggressive outreach and recruitment strategies in order to attract a more diverse pool of applicants and thereby reduce Hispanic student isolation at the five schools. Magnet funds will also be used to provide comprehensive curriculum and professional development programs to staff in the five schools to enhance teachers' ability to implement research-based instructional strategies to facilitate greater levels of student engagement and performance, and to support the development of innovative, thematic programs that are unique within the schools of the district. It is through these efforts that CSD 14 will address all six objectives of the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.


 
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