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Published on June 18, 2007

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Hackensack High SchoolCreative and Affordable Reforms to EnableAnEquitable Educationfor ALL Students:  Hackensack High School Creative and Affordable Reforms to Enable An Equitable Education for ALL Students As Educators, we have an obligation to help each student become whatEACH STUDENTCAN BECOME…:  As Educators, we have an obligation to help each student become what EACH STUDENT CAN BECOME… …not what we think each student should become. SEGREGATION STILL EXISTS(R. Malwitz, “Segregation Still Exists in Districts,” The News Tribune, February 18, 2007):  SEGREGATION STILL EXISTS (R. Malwitz, 'Segregation Still Exists in Districts,' The News Tribune, February 18, 2007) WHY THE NEED FOR REFORMS:  WHY THE NEED FOR REFORMS An academic TRADITION that nurtured some but NOT ALL students to succeed Classroom Enrollment Make-Up 2001-02 School Year:  Classroom Enrollment Make-Up 2001-02 School Year WHY THE NEED FOR REFORMS:  WHY THE NEED FOR REFORMS 45 % of students enrolled in general or applied academic tracks within all academic core areas. 80 % of SPEC ED students enrolled in restrictive special education classes. Core laboratory science (Biology-Chem-Physics) and core college prep math (Alg 1-Alg 2 –Geometry not required for graduation. Restrictive enrollment criteria for Advanced Placement (TOP 3 % of Class). Two Essential Messagesfor Success:  Two Essential Messages for Success Change Your Conversations! What you do TODAY affects you NOW and in the future. CHANGING CONVERSATIONS:Rethink, Rephrase, Reap Rewards!:  CHANGING CONVERSATIONS: Rethink, Rephrase, Reap Rewards! Too difficult = I will try Not for me = Maybe for me At risk = In training Not possible = Probable Lower level = Still learning Not capable = Will learn in time Unskilled = Becoming AP is elite = AP is a possibility Maybe Bergen = What 4-year college? Don’t do work = How will I motivate? Current Reforms at Hackensack High School:  Current Reforms at Hackensack High School 'The Power to Change: High Schools That Help All Students Achieve' and NASSP’s 'Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform' 1) Knowledge of Student/School Data 2) Focus on Instruction 3) Student Connection with Teachers Current Reforms atHackensack High School:  Current Reforms at Hackensack High School 4) Organization Around Beliefs 'The educators organize themselves around the belief that all students can learn and believe the school has the power to change things.' ('Reports Identify Strategies for Improving HS Achievement,' Newsleader, Vol. 53 (6); February 2006, p.5) Current Reforms atHackensack High School:  Current Reforms at Hackensack High School 'Educators must move beyond structural changes and ask more serious questions: Do we believe in what we do? Do we know how to do what needs to be done? Does the health of the organization allow for these initiatives and changes?' (NASSP, 9/05) Change Your Conversations:  Change Your Conversations Talk to friends, teachers, parents, relatives, other students about… …Being Successful; …College You Will Be Attending; …Reading and Assignments; …Your Job and Scholarships; ...Athletics and School Activities. (not about cutting, absences, gossip, and other negative or immature behaviors, or ONLY boy- or girl-friends). WHAT YOU DO TODAY at Hackensack High School…:  WHAT YOU DO TODAY at Hackensack High School… …Affects your courses in college; …Affects your friends and teachers; …Affects your FUTURE SUCCESS; …Affects your ability to play sports; …Affects your career opportunities; AND… WHAT YOU DO TODAY at Hackensack High School…:  WHAT YOU DO TODAY at Hackensack High School… …Affects what college you will attend which… …Affects how much money you will make, what car you drive, where you live, your career and work for the rest of your life... YOUR LONG-TERM QUALITY OF LIFE! “Even with kids who are the most challenged, there is the possibility of success….”:  'Even with kids who are the most challenged, there is the possibility of success….' -- Adres Alonso, NYC Deputy Chancellor for Teaching/Learning 'An Unfailing Belief in the Power of Teaching,' The New York Times, Wednesday, July 26, 2006 A wide variety of reforms are necessary to provide an equitable education toALL STUDENTS…. :  A wide variety of reforms are necessary to provide an equitable education to ALL STUDENTS…. EQUITY AS THE NONNEGOTIABLE Enhancing the School Culture Fostering RIGOROUS Instruction Outreach to Parents, Community, Businesses Alignment with K-8 and Post Secondary Collaboration AT ALL LEVELS The Civil Right Movement of the 21st Century:  The Civil Right Movement of the 21st Century An eighteen-year-old who is not college ready today has effectively been sentenced to a lifetime of marginal employment and second-class citizenship. The realities of today’s economy demand not only a new set of skills but also that they be acquired by all students. (Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools, Pg 5) “These are all our children; we will benefit by or pay for what they become.”:  'These are all our children; we will benefit by or pay for what they become.' --James Baldwin “What It Will Take To Close the Education Gap?”(P. Tough, The New York Times, November 26, 2006):  'What It Will Take To Close the Education Gap?' (P. Tough, The New York Times, November 26, 2006) There are more Hours of Classroom Instruction (Summer Institute for Advanced Studies, period 10, extensive tutoring) Classroom Instruction andamp; Lesson Planning are both a science andamp; an art; much data, assessment, observation. There is a definitive effort to guide the behavior and the values of students (character education, orientations). Plan to Provide an Equitable Education for ALL STUDENTS:  Plan to Provide an Equitable Education for ALL STUDENTS Empower all teachers (concerted cultivators) with information about economically disadvantaged students (KNOWLEDGE is POWER!) 'Reinvent' Grade 9 at HHS: Three-day orientation in September Character Education in English, US I, biology, Tech Literacy/Personal Finance Ongoing, daily, and Saturday Intervention HHS Plan to Provide an Equitable Education for ALL STUDENTS:  HHS Plan to Provide an Equitable Education for ALL STUDENTS Two-day 'Reorientation' in Sept. for students in grades 10, 11, 12 Embedded Character Education Academic Pathways with post secondary and career connections Career Days and College Fairs CHANGING our Educational DEFAULTS Grade 12 dual credit requirement (AP, Middle College, or VHS)? CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION:  CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION Irrefutable evidence, Sociology: Educational success determines occupational success. (A. Lareau, Unequal Childhoods, p.29) Irrefutable evidence, Epidemiology: Longer and better quality of life is connected with educational success. (G. Kolata, 'A Surprising Secret to a Longer Life: Stay in School,' The New York Times, January 3, 2007) CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION:  CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION Middle Class Students (regardless of race) possess skills that are privileged by 'institutions' such as schools (due to 'concerted cultivation') Economically disadvantaged students possess different, unique skills that are not privileged by schools (due to 'natural growth') (A. Lareau, Unequal Childhoods, pp. 28, 81, 107) CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION:  CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION Economically Disadvantaged Students (raised with 'natural growth' parenting) Hang out with friends: possess excellent peer relationships, street-wise with peers Supervised by relatives: have excellent relationships with extended family More autonomous with time/personal issues Given directives by adults with little or no 'reasoning' time: unable to advocate or negotiate well with adults, do not possess behaviors that are privileged by employers Possess very little 'personal space' Let’s Change the Educational “DEFAULTS” for ALL students:  Let’s Change the Educational 'DEFAULTS' for ALL students Traditional Defaults 1) 2-Yr Community College 2) Course 'tracks' that are easiest 3) Learning for GRADES 4) HS Graduation is the end in itself 5) College leads to career 21st Century Defaults 1) Post Secondary Ed. that is BEST 2) Courses that CHALLENGE and IMPROVE 3) Learning for SKILLS and CREDITS 4) HS Graduation is the beginning 5) College/Career begins K-12 Are we intruding on childhood by talking about academic success early?:  Are we intruding on childhood by talking about academic success early? By saving for retirement at age 21, are we 'rushing' our lives or changing the 'celerity' of time? Do we consider 'little league' sports that model 'professional sports' intrusive? What harm is there if we talk 'college' and academic success in kindergarten? CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION:  CIVIL RIGHTS of the 21st Century: EQUITABLE EDUCATION Middle Class Students (raised with 'concerted cultivation' parenting) Involved in organized, scheduled competitive activities: possess time management, organizational skills Have little time for family: sibling rivalry, poor family skills Negotiate regularly with adults: Advocate, hold and support opinions, with improved language and reasoning skills, privileged by employers More personal space, privileges, opportunities Why Schools PrivilegeMiddle Class Student Skills:  Why Schools Privilege Middle Class Student Skills Homework is a major portion of grades at all grade levels YET Economically Disadvantaged students tend not complete homework: Lack of personal space Poor time management skills Personal autonomy that involves 'playtime on their own with peers' Homework is more difficult for students with underutilized language and reasoning skills Why Schools PrivilegeMiddle Class Student Skills:  Why Schools Privilege Middle Class Student Skills Homework is a major portion of grades at all grade levels Middle Class Students tend to complete homework because Concerted Cultivated parenting sets time aside for homework as part of routine Less autonomy of personal schedule is actually a benefit and leads to better time management ultimately (those MC students who do not learn this skill, drop college) Homework is easier because homework privileges students with better reasoning, language skills Reforms Efforts at Hackensack HS:  Reforms Efforts at Hackensack HS Raise the 'Academic Bar' for all students Ensure equity in the classroom for all students Prepare all students for the academic challenges awaiting them in Institutions of Higher Education Increase opportunities for college level instruction before HS graduation Help make career dreams a reality by creating goals and plans. More involvement with parents Slide31:  Preparing Students To Succeed In College Ninety-five percent of the students with the following high school portfolio successfully graduated from college in four years. Source: The Toolbox Revisited: Paths to Degree Completion from High School Through College, March 17, 2006 4 years of college prep English or higher 4 years of college prep math including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 (4th year beyond Algebra 2) 3 years of core laboratory science (biology, chemistry and physics) 3 years of same foreign language 3 years or more of history and social studies 1 year or more of computer science More than 1 Advanced Placement course No remedial English; no remedial mathematics Ensure Equity in the Classroom “Implementing Adelman’s Profile:  Ensure Equity in the Classroom 'Implementing Adelman’s Profile As of 06-07 school year, all students enrolled in College Prep math and science progression: Algebra 1, 2, Geometry Biology, Chem, Physics (No More General Levels) Effective 07-08: No More Applied Levels of Math Ensure Equity in the Classroom “Implementing Adelman’s Profile:  Ensure Equity in the Classroom 'Implementing Adelman’s Profile As of 2005-06 school year, all students will have the opportunity for enrollment into one or more AP Programs by grade 12 utilizing the 'Academic Pathways' Model All students will have options regarding the number and type of AP courses as a result of an expansion of AP course offerings from 5 AP courses in 02-03 to 23 AP courses in 2006-07 Pathways to AP English:  Pathways to AP English Pathways to Math Beyond Alg 2 Traditional Pathways:  Pathways to Math Beyond Alg 2 Traditional Pathways Pathways to Math Beyond Alg 2 “Raising The Academic Bar” For ALL STUDENTS ! ! :  Pathways to Math Beyond Alg 2 'Raising The Academic Bar' For ALL STUDENTS ! ! Grade 9: Alg 1 Summer Inst: Geometry Grade 10: Alg 2 Grade 11: Pre Cal Grade 12: AP Calculus A/B Grade 7: Alg 1 Grade 8: Alg 2 Grade 9: Geometry Grade 10: Pre Cal Grade 11: Calculus A/B Summer Inst: Calculus B/C Prep Grade 12: Calculus B/C Pathways to AP Foreign Lang:  Pathways to AP Foreign Lang Pathway to AP Science Traditional Pathway:  Pathway to AP Science Traditional Pathway Pathways to AP Sciences “Raising The Academic Bar” For ALL STUDENTS ! !:  Pathways to AP Sciences 'Raising The Academic Bar' For ALL STUDENTS ! ! Grade 9: Biology Summer Inst: Chemistry Grade 10: Physics Grade 11: AP Physics B Grade 12: AP Chem and/or AP Bio, AP Physics C, AP Env Sci Grade 9: Pre AP Bio (Honors Science) Grade 10: Pre AP Chem (Honors Science) Grade 11: AP Phys B Grade 12: AP Chem and/or AP Bio, AP Physics C, AP Env Sci Pathways to AP Sciences Raising The Academic Bar” Even for the Very Brightest ! ! :  Pathways to AP Sciences Raising The Academic Bar' Even for the Very Brightest ! ! Grade 9: AP Biology Grade 10: Pre AP Chem Grade 11: AP Phys B Grade 12: AP Chem and/or AP Phys C, AP Env Sci Increase Opportunities For College Level Instruction :  Increase Opportunities For College Level Instruction Expand AP Course Offerings Remove Restrictive Criteria For AP Enrollment Encourage Students To Participate in AP Testing By Removing Financial Barriers Offer Dual Credit College Courses FDU’s Middle College Program UMDNJ Pre Med Program BCC Health Careers Exploration Program Slide42:  Expansion of AP Course Offerings 03-04 – 5 courses 04-05 – 7 courses 05-06 -- 14 courses 06- 07 -- 20 courses 07-08 -- 24 courses AP Courses at HHS 07-08:  AP Courses at HHS 07-08 AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics B AP Physics C AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Computer Science A AP Statistics AP Micro Economics AP Studio Art SY 07-08: AP Environ. Sci. SY 07-08: AP World Hist. AP Psychology AP US History AP Eng Lang andamp; Comp AP Eng Lit andamp;Comp AP French AP Italian AP Spanish Language AP Spanish Literature AP Music Theory AP Art History SY 07-08: AP Macro Econ SY 07-08: AP US Gov’t (FIRST ESL AP COURSE!) Right Decisions at HHSSAVES $$$$$:  Right Decisions at HHS SAVES $$$$$ Dual Credit Courses: 3 college credits = about $2500 or more AP Courses: 3 college credits OR exemptions from core courses Skills in reading, writing, math will save you $$$ for remedial courses for which you will earn NO COLLEGE CREDITS (but the cost is the same) Changing HHS Culture:Advanced Placement andDual-Credit Programs:  Changing HHS Culture: Advanced Placement and Dual-Credit Programs EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL Students… Any student who is motivated Any student who comes to school regularly Any student who will attend tutoring if needed Any student who is willing to come in summer Combined Initiative:Using Electives Effectively for Student Achievementand Connecting HS with College and Careers:  Combined Initiative: Using Electives Effectively for Student Achievement and Connecting HS with College and Careers ADDED BONUS: POSTGRADUATE SUCCESS! The Value of ELECTIVES:  The Value of ELECTIVES Often overlooked by students, parents, and educators! Great opportunity for engagement! Great opportunity to lead a student to achieving beyond expectations (interest generates motivation = success!) How do we teach students to choose electives in high school?:  How do we teach students to choose electives in high school? Choosing Electives… …is a college preparatory skill; …must begin in grade 9 to maximize benefit that might lead to achievement; …builds self-esteem, leads to correct college choice, can have impact on major and ultimately future career; …might lead to $$$ savings (college credits or course exemptions). Hackensack Academic Pathways: Supporting Equal Opportunities and Achievement for ALL STUDENTS:  Hackensack Academic Pathways: Supporting Equal Opportunities and Achievement for ALL STUDENTS Career-Based Learning and Elective Choices EQUAL OPPORTUNITY for ALL Students College Fair: October 26, 2006 Second Annual Career Day: December 15, 2006 Objectives ofHackensack Academic Pathways:  Objectives of Hackensack Academic Pathways To highlight graduation requirements for incoming grade 9 through grade 12; To demonstrate direct connection between high school choices and college/career possibilities; To guide elective choices; To provide career exploration; Ultimately, to promote achievement FOR ALL STUDENTS. Four HackensackAcademic Pathways:  Four Hackensack Academic Pathways Arts and Humanities Health Sciences and Human Services Law, Business, Computer Technology Mathematics, Science, and Engineering New AP Courses and Other Electives SY 07-08:  New AP Courses and Other Electives SY 07-08 AP Macroeconomics AP Environmental Science AP World History ESL AP Government/Politics: US Latin American Studies (dual credit) Webpage Design II TV Script Writing and Production Yearbook Production Middle College Courses SY 07-08:  Middle College Courses SY 07-08 Sociology Contemporary Studies Anatomy and Physiology Marine Biology Advanced Journalism Advanced Creative Writing Computers for the College Bound SY 07-08: Latin American Studies Evening and Saturday PostSecondary Programs:  Evening and Saturday PostSecondary Programs FDU: Tech. Enrichment Outreach Prog (TEOP) FDU: Heating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) FDU: Chinese (dual credit) FDU: Geography andamp; World Issues (dual credit) BCC: Health Careers Prog (HCOP) UMDNJ: PreHonors Medical Program SY 07-08: Montclair State University Program SY 07-08: Bergen Community College Credits Dual Credit Courses:  Dual Credit Courses $200 + Final B average = 3 college credits accepted at nearly all NJ and many colleges nationwide College-level curricula with rigorous reading, writing, critical thinking Career-based electives Reform Refinements: Widening Opportunities for ALL STUDENTS:  Reform Refinements: Widening Opportunities for ALL STUDENTS ESL AP Government/Politics, US Align dual credit Adv. Journalism and Adv Creative Writing with English NJCCS so Grade 12 students can take either course as HS graduation requirement and earn college credits Expand our Summer Institute of Advanced Studies to include after school opportunities. Support Systems Make Successful Reforms A Reality :  Support Systems Make Successful Reforms A Reality Summer Institute of Advanced Studies: An achievement-only, summer school environment that allows academic advancement to happen for motivated students An extensive tutoring program available and required if necessary during school, after school, before school and on Saturdays Summer Institute for Advanced Studies:Using Summer to Build Academic Confidence and to Advance STUDENTS of All Skill Levels:  Summer Institute for Advanced Studies: Using Summer to Build Academic Confidence and to Advance STUDENTS of All Skill Levels Slide59:  Summer Institute of Advanced Studies Academic Courses for Credit Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Biology Academic Prep Courses Algebra 2, Pre Calculus, AP Calculus Pre AP andamp; AP Prep Courses English, US History, Science Pre AP Writing Prep Course English Immersion Program for ELL Students TUTORING:Academic Support:  TUTORING: Academic Support Tutoring in English, Math, Science Mon, Wed, Thurs in HHS Library from 3 until 4 pm Saturday Homework Tutorial in HHS Library from 9 am until 12:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday Reading Evenings in HHS Library from 7 until 9 pm Drop In Center Tutoring Validation of Success:  Validation of Success NCLB Results SAT Scores AP Enrollment AP Score Results Dual Credit Course Enrollment College Board Equity Conference (Oct/2005) National AP Conference (July 2006) College Board Middle States Regional Forum andamp; NASSP Conference (Feb/2007) New York Times (Jan/20067 Bergen Record (Feb 2007) New Jersey News 12 Media Presentation (July, 2005) District Visitation by College Board andamp; NJ DOE Officials (July 2006) Standards andamp; Poors Recognition (July/2006) NCLB AYP Status 2006Math and Language Arts:  NCLB AYP Status 2006 Math and Language Arts Subgroup: Total Students (passed Math andamp; LAL) Subgroup: White (passed…) Subgroup: African Amer (passed…) Subgroup: Latino (passed…) Subgroup: LEP (passed…) Subgroup: Econ Disad (passed…) Subgroup: Spec Ed (failed Math andamp; LAL) PASSED 38/40 Indicators (05-06) (Note: Passed 33/40 Indicators in SY 02-03) Using Data to Measure Success SAT Average Scores Verbal: 463 22% increase over 3-year period Math: 492 42% increase over 3-year period :  Using Data to Measure Success SAT Average Scores Verbal: 463 22% increase over 3-year period Math: 492 42% increase over 3-year period School Enrollment vs AP Enrollment 2006-07 School Year:  School Enrollment vs AP Enrollment 2006-07 School Year School Enrollment White: 31 % Hisp: 37 % Black: 32 % AP Enrollment White: 36 % Hisp: 38 % Black: 26 % Slide65:  Using Data to Measure Success AP Enrollment 475 % increase over 4-yr period (Total school population) 235 % increase over 4-yr period (African-American subgroup) 335 % increase over 4-yr period (Economically disadvantaged) AP Enrollment Growth & Test Scores :  AP Enrollment Growth andamp; Test Scores Who Says a “2” on an AP Exam is Not Worth Anything ! ! Five-Year College Graduation Rates: Comparing AP Students to Non-AP Students :  Who Says a '2' on an AP Exam is Not Worth Anything ! ! Five-Year College Graduation Rates: Comparing AP Students to Non-AP Students The New York Times Education Life January 8, 2006: “So Many A.P.’s, So Little Time”All Photos by Laura Pedrick for The New York TImes:  The New York Times Education Life January 8, 2006: 'So Many A.P.’s, So Little Time' All Photos by Laura Pedrick for The New York TImes Mike Barry from College BoardDr. Jennifer Beaumont, NJDOEAdvanced Studies Program: July 11, 2006:  Mike Barry from College Board Dr. Jennifer Beaumont, NJDOE Advanced Studies Program: July 11, 2006 Slide70:  Standards andamp; Poor’s Recognizes 34 New Jersey Schools 'Hackensack High School has been identified as one of 34 NJ schools that have significantly narrowed the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and all students' (August 15, 2006) “It Takes More Than Schools to Close the Achievement Gap”:  'It Takes More Than Schools to Close the Achievement Gap' '…Research suggests that while schools can make a difference for individual students, the fabric of children’s lives outside school can either nurture, or choke, what progress poor children do make academically.' Diana Jean Schemo 'On Education', The New York Times, August 9, 2006 Parent/Teacher Nights:  Parent/Teacher Nights Back-to-School Night: 2 pm Dismissal Thursday, October 5, 2006 from 6:40 – 9:30 pm First EVER: Parent-Teacher Conferences 12:30 Dismissal on Wed, Thurs, Fri, Dec 13, 14, 15, 2006 Dec. 13, 14: Conferences 6:30 – 9 pm (33% Parent Attendance Rate: ALL GRADES!) Interactive Parent Nights:Parent Education Meetings:  Interactive Parent Nights: Parent Education Meetings FIVE Parent Education Meetings October 12: Internet Safety January 14: Coping w/ Stress March 14, 2007: Alcohol and Drugs April 18, 2007: Baruti Kafele: Teaching African American Students May 3, 2007: TBA PARENT INVOLVEMENT = Academic/Athletic Success:  PARENT INVOLVEMENT = Academic/Athletic Success We’ve gone from ONE ACADEMIC Parent Meeting (Back-to-School Night) to FOURTEEN DIFFERENT ACADEMIC Parent Meetings in the School Year. Factor in Sports Coffee Hours, National Honor Society Induction Eves, PTSA, Project Graduation Meetings: There’s almost a parent meeting every other week! Parent Involvement = Individual Student Success:  Parent Involvement = Individual Student Success Parental contact is essential for… …Getting students to complete classwork; …Improving/Maintaining discipline; …Preventing problems; …Developing a rapport with students; …Understanding student home life; …Individualizing instruction. PLEASE CONTACT PARENTS! Interactive Parent Nights:  Interactive Parent Nights Involving Parents in the HHS Educational Experience (All Meetings are at 7 pm in Auditorium or Main Gym) Grade 12: Sept. 26, 2006 Grade 9: Sept. 28, 2006 Grade 11: Oct. 17, 2006 Grade 10: Nov. 7, 2006 Incoming Grade 9 Orientation: Oct. 25, 2006 College Fair: Oct. 26, 2006 AP Open House: March 7, 2007 Using Grants to Implement Reform:  Using Grants to Implement Reform Using Grants To Implement Support Programs & Services:  Using Grants To Implement Support Programs andamp; Services Title 1 Funds CSR Grant Summer Institute of Advanced Studies Extensive Tutoring: Before School - During School - After School andamp; Saturdays Algebra 1 Geometry Writing Prep English/ELL Core Math/Eng HSPA Prep Using Grants & Local Funds To Implement Support Programs :  Using Grants andamp; Local Funds To Implement Support Programs SLC Federal Grant Local Funds Summer Institute of Advanced Studies Extensive Tutoring: Before School - During School - After School andamp; Saturdays Pre AP Prep AP Prep Core Academics Pre AP andamp; AP Courses Adv Math andamp; Science for Credit Courses Using Federal Disrectionary Grant To Prepare for NCLB Testing :  Using Federal Disrectionary Grant To Prepare for NCLB Testing Teaching American History Federal Discretionary Grant Preparation of Cross Curriculum Writing Lessons In Preparation of NCLB Test Partnerships with Colleges to Implement Reform (Currently Implemented or Under Consideration):  Partnerships with Colleges to Implement Reform (Currently Implemented or Under Consideration) New Jersey City University Bergen Community College Univ Medicine andamp; Denistry New Jersey Dual Credit College Programs BCC Health Careers Program FDU Middle College Program UMDNJ Pre Med Honors Program NJCU College Placement Pilot Program Montclair State University Partnership with College Board to Implement Reform:  Partnership with College Board to Implement Reform AP Test Preparation For Students Partnerships with Community Organizations To Implement Reform:  Partnerships with Community Organizations To Implement Reform New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Hackensack Educational Foundation On-Line Instruction Pilot Program Learn More Now Do More Now, Earn More Later Program Discretionary Grant Proposals To Private Foundations According to Deal and Petersen in Shaping School Culture, successful schools where students flourish are those “…with a primary focus on student learning, a commitment to high expectations, social support for innovation, dialogue, and the search for new ideas.” :  According to Deal and Petersen in Shaping School Culture, successful schools where students flourish are those '…with a primary focus on student learning, a commitment to high expectations, social support for innovation, dialogue, and the search for new ideas.' Studies demonstrate that writing enhances a student’s literacy skills, and reading improves a student’s writing ability. The more time students spend in writing and reading, the greater their level of achievement. (Wood and Harmon, p. 26):  Studies demonstrate that writing enhances a student’s literacy skills, and reading improves a student’s writing ability. The more time students spend in writing and reading, the greater their level of achievement. (Wood and Harmon, p. 26) Classroom teachers (and their attitudes/beliefs) determine what gets taught and how it gets taught and ultimately how well students respond and achieve.:  Classroom teachers (and their attitudes/beliefs) determine what gets taught and how it gets taught and ultimately how well students respond and achieve. Recent Articles Supporting Data:  Recent Articles Supporting Data 'Teaching Inequality: How Poor and Minority Students Are Shortchanged on Teacher Quality' A Report and Recommendations By the Education Trust www2.edtrust.org/edtrust/ 'Teachers Matter' The New York Times Editorial July 4, 2006, A14 www.nytimes.com

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