What’s Ahead for 2018

Goals for 2018

1) Help 200 students prepare for kindergarten

2) Help 180 students transition from kindergarten to first grade

3) Pilot innovative programming to address behavior support, school climate, and afterschool needs

Pathway to K, Summer 2018

Pathway to K is a transition to kindergarten summer program for children who registered for Kindergarten in a WS/FCS elementary school with little or no preschool experience. This three-week summer program, which has been offered for the past two summers through Project Impact’s support, focuses on the development of kindergarten readiness and social-emotional skills including familiarization with classroom routines, behaviors, and basic academic concepts. This summer, as the pre-kindergarten waitlist continues to shrink (thanks, in large part, to Project Impact’s pre-k expansion initiatives!), Pathway to K will expand its reach to students who have completed a preschool experience but who still need additional support transitioning to kindergarten. This year’s Pathway to K program will serve a minimum of 200 students in 20 classrooms at 7 sites. We anticipate serving a minimum of 70 students with no preschool experience, along with a minimum of 130 students in need of supplemental transition support. Students will attend this year’s program for 15 days – adding two additional days of instruction to last year’s program.

Pathway to 1, Summer 2018

Pathway to 1, like Pathway to K before it, is a summer transition program. Pathway to 1 meets students on the other side of their kindergarten experienced, and is aimed at rising first graders. This three-week program, which will be offered for the first time this summer, will focus on providing targeted academic and social-emotional support for students making the transition from kindergarten to first grade. With a specific focus on combatting summer learning loss, closing the achievement gap, and closely involving parents as partners, Pathway to 1 will be aimed at students who, at the conclusion of kindergarten, would benefit from additional summer support in order to enter first grade on-track and ready to learn. This year’s Pathway to 1 program will serve a minimum of 180 students in 18 classrooms at 6 sites – all of which will coincide with the district summer school program and summer feeding sites. As with Pathway to K, students will attend this program for 15 days.

CT3 Pilot at Petree Elementary School

Starting in January of 2018, Project Impact will fund a pilot of the Center for Transformative Teacher Training (CT3) Education’s “No-Nonsense Nurturer, Real-Time Teacher Coaching, and School Culture Plan” at Petree Elementary School. CT3’s programs have been implemented in over 200 schools across the country, including a partnership with all Project LIFT schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. CT3’s work at Petree will include three initiatives:

1) The No-Nonsense Nurturer Program provides teachers with the skills they need to take a no-nonsense, yet nurturing, approach to classroom management that promotes the success of all students.

2) Real-Time Teacher Coaching provides immediate, non-disruptive coaching to teachers using wireless “bug-in-the-ear” technology that allows for instant feedback on classroom management and instructional strategies.\

3) The School-Wide Culture Plan, which is rooted in collaboration between the principal and CT3, aims to establish effective school-wide discipline plans, communication plans, and data systems, as well as reducing stress and frustration among teachers and staff in dealing with student behavior.

Petree, one of the district’s six Priority elementary schools, has seen significant student growth in recent years. Despite this positive data, Petree faces two inter-related challenges that are common across many of our highest-needs schools: student behavior and high teacher turnover. These three initiatives target both of these needs by arming teachers with the skills they need to confidently manage their classrooms, systematically addressing student behavior challenges in a minimally-disruptive way, and fostering an engaging and supportive classroom and school environment. Taking this kind of whole school, whole child approach has the potential to have a dramatic impact on student and staff experience.

Afterschool Learning at Cook Literacy Model School

Beginning in January of 2018, Project Impact will support an academic afterschool initiative for students in grades pre-k through third at Cook Literacy Model School. This afterschool programming will have four main components:

1) catch-up growth/academic learning opportunities

2) wellness and choice academic enrichment activities

3) positive behavior and social/emotional learning support opportunities, and

4) a parent involvement academy.

The 2018 afterschool program aims to serve 15 students in each grade, pre-k through third, with a total enrollment target of 75. Students will be targeted to attend based on their current and most recent performance on Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Text Reading Comprehension (TRC), as well as their Independent Reading Level. Student participation in the program will be contingent upon a parent or guardian’s agreement to attend parent academies. No fee will be charged to families participating in the program.

Two of Project Impact’s key areas of investment are intensive intervention in lower-performing schools and extended learning opportunities – this program will provide targeted extended-day learning opportunities to students in one of the District’s highest needs schools.