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2016-2017 Grantees

Teacher-Leader Collaborative Grants Program

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders awarded $163,085 to 13 schools for the 2016-2017 school year through the Teacher-Leader Collaborative Grants Program. The projects are expected to impact approximately 10,000 students and 400 teachers across Philadelphia’s district, charter, and parochial school settings. For additional information about the projects, please see below.

C.C.A. BALDI MIDDLE SCHOOL

Principal: Luke Hostetter

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Theresa Capecci

Project Title: Creating a Library Media Center

Baldi Middle School’s project created a multi-functional space that provides students with access to technology for computer-based tiered interventions, inquiry-based learning, and a tutoring center. Project outcomes include increased student writing proficiency and literacy, improved student engagement, and improved language skills for English Language Learners.

FOLK ARTS-CULTURAL TREASURES CHARTER SCHOOL

Principal: Pheng Lim

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Noga Newberg

Project Title: Collaborative Reflective Practice through Videotaping

Through collaborative debriefing of lesson videos and working with a literacy coach and literacy coordinator, this project provides literacy teachers with rich opportunities for professional development and support. The project goal is to improve teachers’ practice in literacy, ultimately producing gains in student achievement.

FREIRE CHARTER SCHOOL

Principal: Christopher Zagacki

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Sherill Hill

Project Title: Freire Dragons Mentoring Program

The Freire team launched a mentoring and support program for middle school students at high risk for suspension. The anticipated program outcomes include a reduction in suspensions, reduction in referrals to the Dean, improved student retention, higher academic grades, and the creation of an in-house support team for students needing behavioral supports.

WILLIAM D. KELLEY SCHOOL

Principal: Amelia Brown

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Nicole Fisher

Project Title: Trauma Informed Education

Kelley partnered with Lakeside, a trauma responsive center, to provide ongoing training to staff on how to respond to students’ trauma-related physical, psychological and emotional needs. Project goals include increasing teacher knowledge about trauma informed care and how to respond to students and families facing trauma.

KENSINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES ACADEMY

Principal: James Williams

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Jodi Miller

Project Title: “Spark”-ing Increases in Student Attendance Rate and Success by Developing a New Curriculum

The Kensington Health Sciences Academy project created and implemented a research-based curriculum (Spark) to promote the development of students’ soft skills, confidence, grit, and career planning abilities. This project endeavors to reduce their students’ chronically truant rate and to increase student’s confidence and connection to the future.

LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Head of School: Sr. Kathleen Klarich

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Mary Berner

Project Title: Building Thinkers One Problem at a Time

This project seeks to improve problem solving skills in mathematics and science for approximately 150 ninth grade students and 100 11th grade students through the use of computer-generated problems offered by Web Assign. Project outcomes include increased student engagement, greater amounts of constructive time spent on homework as measured by usage analytics, an increase in the rate of assignment completion measured through actual course grades, and an increase in PSAT scores.

MASTERY CHARTER SCHOOL SHOEMAKER CAMPUS

Principal: Sharif El-Mekki

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Megan Zor

Project Title: Expanding Reading and Mindset and Creating College Style Science Laboratory

Mastery Shoemaker is expanding an existing Reading and Mindset course, establishing a science lab, and broadening the school’s science program to include an Advanced Placement Physics Course. Project goals include: 75% of students increasing individual reading growth, a 10% increase in the number of students declaring a STEM related major in college, and 20% of students earning 3 or higher on the AP Physics exam.

ALEXANDER K. MCCLURE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Principal: Sharon Marino

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Sarah Bower-Grieco

Project Title: Improving Student Attendance

McClure staff and community members created an “Attendance Agenda” for the year that includes assigning mentors to children and families identified as being chronically tardy or absent, hosting monthly parent meetings for chronically absent/tardy students, and providing incentives for students to reduce tardiness and improve attendance. Outcomes for this project consist of improving the school’s daily attendance rate and reducing the number of chronically absent and tardy students.

NEW FOUNDATIONS CHARTER SCHOOL

Principal: Shira Woolf-Cohen

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Jessica Thomas

Project Title: Working Towards Mastery of Standards through Standards-Based Instruction and Reporting

The project is working on facilitating the implementation of a schoolwide standards-based grading system. Outcomes for the project include: the consistent use of standards based-grading practices schoolwide, regular assessment of students’ progress toward mastery of standards, and regular use of formative assessments to provide students with feedback and differentiated supports.

OLNEY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

Principal: James Thompson

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Dan LaSalle

Project Title: The Student Leader Fellowship: Building Financial Literacy through Club Leadership

This project expands extracurricular club offerings and created a leadership and financial management course at the school. Students in the finance class run extracurricular clubs students with the oversight of 4 teacher leaders. Project goals include equipping students with basic financial literacy skills, improving familial knowledge of financial literacy and increasing student involvement in clubs.

THE ACADEMY AT PALUMBO

Principal: Kiana Thompson

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: James Jordan

Project Title: High School Musical

The purpose of this project is to provide students with an afterschool arts program that is singularly focused on producing a professional caliber artistic work on the stage. The project involves 100 students in the orchestra, choir, drumline, rock-band, theater and visual arts programs in a full scale musical production. The main project goal is to create a student-oriented musical that is collaborative, productive, rigorous and of high artistic quality.

PHILIP H. SHERIDAN SCHOOL

Principal: Awilda Balbuena

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Margaret Breen

Project Title: Effective Play Station

Sheridan kindergarteners now have access to a play space that is used to teach them how to play, work together, and collaborate with their peers while helping to promote development in language, classification skills, decision making skills, health literacy, gross motor skills, and numeracy through this project. The goals for the project include increasing student attendance, improving parental involvement, and providing opportunities for academic and social learning for parents and children.

THE WORKSHOP SCHOOL

Principal: Simon Hauger

Teacher-Leader Project Lead: Kathleen Melville

Project Title: Student Advisors Project

This project aims to strengthen peer networks around academic and social responsibility by developing a cadre of 4 student leaders to mentor and support 65 incoming ninth grade students. The project seeks to realize two related outcomes: 1) the emergence and development of student leaders, and 2) a reduction in the number of academic or social challenges in ninth grade classrooms that require adult intervention.