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Mare Island Technology (MIT) Academy

Contact Information: Rick van Adelsberg, Project Director
Mare Island Technology (MIT) Academy
2 Positive Place
Vallejo, CA 94589-1825
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Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,627,458 for a four-year project

Program Description
Project E.X.C.E.P.T.I.O.N.A.L. (Exemplary Character Education Based on Proven Techniques Increased Outcomes and New Achievements in Learning) project design reflects the schoolwide theme of citizenship and virtue at MIT Academy. The project will integrate character education into existing classroom curricular instruction through Project Citizen in 8th-grade humanities and technology classes, We the People in 12th-grade government classes, and projects in various disciplines. Character education will be integrated into new classroom curricular instruction through School-based Enterprises in grades 9-12 and Preparation for Success elective class in 12th grade. The project focus on transition will include the “Who We Are” three-day camping trip before school begins which sets the high school expectations and focus on character for incoming ninth graders. The Destination DC! government course and week-long field trip will focus on transition for seniors. Foundations of Democracy curriculum will be delivered through the Advisory Program. The project will serve approximately 780 students in grades 6-12 and 40 teachers and staff.

Goals and Objectives

  • To produce gains in standardized academic achievement scores
  • To produce gains in citizenship and virtue-related attitudes and behaviors
  • To reduce disciplinary referrals, bullying and teasing
  • To increase attendance by reducing truancy and absences
  • To increase student perception of school safety
  • To increase perception of positive school climate by students, parents and teachers
  • To increase teacher perceptions of positive interaction with students by teachers
  • To increase parental involvement

Evaluation Design
MIT will use a quasi-experimental research den with a matched cadre of students from two nearby charter schools as the comparison group. Pre-post data collection will include state academic achievement test scores, absences and tardies, disciplinary referrals, citizenship attitudes and behaviors; and perceptions of school climate and school safety.

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