DC Ed Fund has a history of seeding the most strategic initiatives that yield outsized results for students in DC Public Schools. Our current plans seek to increase equity district-wide and investment needs range from $250K to $16.7M.
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The education community is sobered by the research on professional development, which shows that vast sums of money have been spent on teacher training with little to show for it. School districts and education experts across the nation are grappling with how to make professional development work for teachers and, ultimately, act as a key lever to accelerate student achievement. LEAP, LEearning together to Advance our Practice is DCPS' new groundbreaking professional development strategy. Building upon previous successful human capital investments, LEAP cultivates deep content knowledge and empowers teachers to expertly apply it in the classroom.
DCPS is building the nation’s first weekly Common Core- aligned professional development curriculum. Funding will support a small team of content experts who will engage DCPS’ best teachers to develop the curriculum. It will also support contracts with key Common Core partners to help establish the protocols for the LEAP learning seminars that will roll out district-wide in School Year 2016-2017.
LEAP content leaders will lead teams of teachers through the weekly content-focused learning seminars. Funding will enable more than 300 content leaders to attend a two-week summer training and receive additional support throughout the year. In future years, funding will create an aligned leadership pathway, with expert leaders assuming responsibility for training and support.
As part of the district’s efforts to better support teachers, DCPS will make significant changes to its evaluation system, IMPACT. DCPS will launch a new observation rubric that better aligns to the demands of the Common Core, and will add student surveys of teacher practice, which will provide invaluable feedback to teachers and school leaders.
Funding will support training and materials development for the new rubric, as well as contracts to implement the student surveys.
DCPS is building the nation’s first weekly Common Core-aligned professional development curriculum. Funding will support a small team of content experts who will engage DCPS’ best teachers to develop the curriculum. It will also support contracts with key Common Core partners to help establish the protocols for the LEAP learning seminars that will roll out district-wide in School Year 2016-2017.
To realize the full potential of LEAP, teachers will need a way to organize and track their professional learning goals, observation data, and next steps. They will also need a way to record and analyze their own classroom instruction. Funding will enable DCPS to adopt and customize a technology platform — just as it did with IMPACT — to help facilitate the weekly cycle of professional learning.
PROVING WHAT'S POSSIBLE
PROVING WHAT'S POSSIBLE
Across the United States, young men of color face significant hurdles to educational and economic success, and education leaders are taking action to address the fact that African-American and Latino males do not enjoy the same outcomes as their peers.
DC Public Schools is taking a stand with the Empowering Males of Color initiative. Launched in January 2015 with the support of Mayor Bowser and city business leaders, the Empowering Males of Color initiative devotes significant resources and attention to accelerating African-American and Latino male student achievement, ensuring all young men in our nation’s capital can realize their full potential.
The Empowering Males of Color initiative focuses on male students of all grade levels, and currently includes a pilot program designed to support the school-readiness and success of DCPS’ pre-Kindergarten boys of color. In collaboration with the Office of Head Start and the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness at Bank Street College of Education, this program trains early childhood educators in a culturally-responsive, strengths-based framework.
Funding will expand the program to 11 new schools.
In School Year 2016-2017, DCPS will open Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, the district’s first-ever all-male public high school. Located in Ward 7, this new school will offer a high-quality, college-preparatory education that positions its graduates to succeed in college.
As of May 2016, DC Ed Fund has raised $570K toward the original $870K investment goal. An additional $300K will support the second cohort of students’ Summer Bridge program and professional development focused on empowerment and single-gender education.
The Empowering Males of Color Innovation Grants provide schools with resources to address the specific needs of their African-American and Latino male students.
In January 2016, DC Ed Fund launched the first round of these two-year grants. Grant-funded programs are focused in one of three areas proven to positively impact the academic outcomes of young men of color: social and emotional well-being, community and family engagement, or academic enrichment.
Additional funding will enable DC Ed Fund to award innovation grants to many more schools in the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.
ARE GOING PLACES
ARE GOING PLACES
DCPS believes that all students should be global citizens and that all teachers can be global educators. The Global Access | World Readiness initiative is a new district-wide effort to ensure that all students across the city have equitable access to global perspectives and opportunities. Starting in summer 2016, DCPS will send 8th and 11th grade students abroad for immersive learning experiences and provide aligned professional development opportunities for educators to broaden their perspectives and content knowledge.
In School Year 2016-2017, DCPS will establish the Global Learning Opportunity for Bilingual Educators (GLOBE) Fellowship to provide a cohort of 15 excellent DCPS world language teachers the opportunity to serve as world language leaders in the district.
GLOBE Fellows will bolster their skills by participating in American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) professional development workshops and by attending ACTFL’s annual conference.
DCPS’ Global Understanding for All will offer professional development opportunities for educators who wish to integrate global perspectives into their classrooms.
Participating teachers will have opportunities to: attend the Annual Global Education Summit; earn a Teacher’s College Global Competence Certificate from Columbia University, which includes international travel experiences; or enroll in Harvard University’s Project Zero Professional Development sessions meant to bolster global perspectives. All participants will model learnings for their school communities and other DCPS educators so that more students, teachers, and administrators can benefit.
Hundreds of middle and high school students from across the city will have the opportunity to study abroad in summer 2017.
In spring 2016, more than 900 students applied for the first cohort of the Global Scholars Program. In response to this tremendous interest, DCPS will expand this opportunity to 500 students in the following year.
Students will prepare for international excursions through pre-trip assignments and group meetings. During travel, students will blog and capture photos and, upon their return, they will share their experiences with their school communities.
Investments are needed for student and teacher travel, lodging, and curricular resources.