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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2012.
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
Two-year funding for continued support of the Baltimore City Education Reform Project, designed to maintain and secure equitable and adequate state and city education funding for all children in Maryland, with particular focus on disadvantaged children. The agenda calls for the reinstitution of the inflation factor in the budget, advocacy for full-day pre-K programs for poor children, interventions designed to increase attendance, and lower suspension rates. The ACLU will also monitor Baltimore City Public Schools to ensure that management and funding reforms translate into effective educational programming and that there is increased family participation in free and reduced-price meal programs.
American Communities Trust
For implementation of the Baltimore Scholar Athlete Program in three Baltimore City Public Schools. Support is provided through counseling, coaching, mentoring, and SAT preparation. In each school, a dedicated resource space, known as the "Zone," is equipped with laptops, printers, e-readers, Internet access, mailboxes, calculators, and electronic membership cards for student-scholars to use on a daily basis. Data are collected on attendance; GPA; athletic participation rates; and graduation, college-acceptance, and matriculation rates.
Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
Three grants for continued support and expansion of programs to integrate the arts into the curriculum of Maryland’s public schools. These programs incorporate e-portfolio pilot projects and the arts integration summer training for seven Baltimore City Public School art teachers.
Baltimore City Community College Foundation, Inc.
For support of the new Aspiring Scholars Scholarship Program, which provides performance-based scholarships for 75 graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools entering Baltimore City Community College. The scholars are linked to a facilitator who ensures the students are registering for appropriate courses, familiar with their own performance levels, and referred to campus resources for support.
Baltimore City Public Schools - National Academic League
For support of the 2012-2013 National Academic League (NAL), which involves 700 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students from 28 Baltimore City public middle schools in a year-long scholastic extracurricular activity. The NAL games function as competitive events, with after-school team practices two to three times a week under the guidance of teachers. Interscholastic competitions are held every two weeks. First- and second-placed teams compete nationally through video-conferencing. It is intended that participation will increase potential for acceptance into a Baltimore City selective-admission high school.
Baltimore City Public Schools - SummerREADS
For support of the second year of the 2012 SummerREADs book distribution program and summer reading for 2,000 second-, third-, and fourth-grade students attending high-poverty, low-performing public schools in Baltimore City. The program is designed to prevent literacy loss over the summer months. With support of teachers and family members, participating students are given 12 self-selected books at their reading level to encourage voluntary summer reading. An evaluation by Johns Hopkins University will compare 2011 and 2013 proficiency MSA reading scores among the participants.
Baltimore City Public Schools / Baltimore City College High School
For capital expenses to replace window screens and carpeting in the band and choir rooms, repair locker rooms, and install fencing around the football field/track.
Baltimore City Public Schools/ The Mount Washington School
For costs, both salary and benefits, of a coordinator in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme at The Mount Washington School. The IB coordinator ensures a smooth expansion of the program to the seventh grade, and serves 78 seventh-grade students and 90 sixth-grade students. The IB program emphasizes intellectual challenges and development of critical and reflective skills, and focuses on the integration and interrelationships of all content areas in a global context. The goal for The Mount Washington School is to achieve accreditation as an IB Middle Years Programme school by the start of school year 2013-2014.
Baltimore Curriculum Project, Inc.
For expenses related to the implementation of the City Springs Academic Technology Project, which provides iPads, Internet access, and instruction to 105 City Springs seventh- and eighth-grade students. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of technology in the teaching of reading, writing, math, and computer skills.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc.
For support and expansion of the 2012-2013 Baltimore City Public Schools' Chess Education Project, an after-school program for 1,000 students in 60 Baltimore City elementary, middle, and high schools. The league provides each school with materials, teacher-training programs, supervision of activities, local tournaments, and arrangements for regional and national tournaments.
Baltimore Reads, Inc.
For continued support of operating costs of the Baltimore Reads Book Bank and Book Exchange. AmeriCorps members will be hired to expand the supply of books that the exchange intends to make available, for free, to more than 60,000 students in schools, and 90,000 students in homes.
Baltimore Talent Education Center
For continued support and expansion of a string music instructional program that serves 400 Baltimore City pre-K to high school students in eight school sites. The program teaches music theory and offers instruction in violin, piano, and guitar.
Carnegie Institution for Science
Toward support of BioEYES, a science education classroom program serving up to 3,200 third, fifth, seventh, and 10th graders in Baltimore City Public Schools. The week-long, hands-on biology unit uses live zebra fish as subjects and enables students to observe life cycles of fish and embryos. Teachers are trained to provide the instruction in subsequent years.
CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.
To fund the final year of the College Retention Project for Last Dollar Grant recipients at participating colleges. The program provides 280 Baltimore City public school graduates with services that include maintaining contact with students, and providing financial aid, assistance with course selection, and remedial services. Intent is to increase the six-year college graduation rate for Last Dollar Scholars from 50 percent to 60 percent.
Community College of Baltimore County Foundation
For support of the new Aspiring Scholars Scholarship Program, which provides performance-based scholarships for 75 graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools entering the Community College of Baltimore County. The scholars are linked to a facilitator who ensures the students are registering for appropriate courses, familiar with their own performance levels, and referred to campus resources for support.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
To provide full scholarships for the remaining years of four existing foster care students, and scholarships for six additional Abell scholars who are either in foster care or are experiencing homelessness.
Curry School of Education Foundation, Inc.
Toward support of Project CYCLE, a tested teacher coaching model, designed to improve performance and retention of teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Digital Harbor Foundation
For support of EdTech Link, a digital literacy and technology workforce program that provides training to Baltimore City teachers in classroom and school integration of technology. Teacher Fellows also host after-school clubs for Baltimore City Public Schools K-12 students. The seven EdTech Link Fellows organize community EdTech forums where community leaders are brought together to discuss technology solutions to problems in education. The foundation will partner with the Baltimore Educational Research Consortium to determine to what extent technology education and after-school programming improve students’ performance, and graduation and employment rates.
Dyslexia Tutoring Program
Toward support of tutoring services for up to 125 low-income children attending Baltimore City Public Schools. Students receive up to 60 hours of weekly, hour-long, one-on-one reading instruction based on the Orton Gillingham reading methodology. The program offers eight in-service workshops for teachers representing 25 Title l schools, and is currently training 110 tutors.
Fund for Educational Excellence
To expand the capacity of the Fund for Educational Excellence, in an effort to increase student achievement in Baltimore City Public Schools. By addressing existing student policy and/or practice gaps, the fund identifies and advocates for best practices that target important issues to students, teachers, and leaders.
Fund for Educational Excellence
Toward funding in support of Acelero Learning, which facilitates the Baltimore City Head Start Re-Competition 2013 proposal for submission to the federal government.
Fund for Educational Excellence
Toward the development and launch of an interactive Baltimore City School Choice website, which will assist students and their families in making more informed decisions about specific school attributes; admissions criteria; and special academic programs, such as those in career and technology.
Fund for Educational Excellence
Toward support of the Baltimore City Public Schools Leadership Pipeline and Development Project, developed to widen the pool of talented candidates for school leadership. The goals are to increase the number of principals, reduce principal attrition rates, and identify and improve the skills of talented staff on the leadership path.
Johns Hopkins University - Center for Social Organization of Schools
For support of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) core research program and continued work on College Access & Readiness data for Baltimore City Public School students. BERC will complete a study of city school graduates' enrollment in college, rate of completion of degree programs, and evaluation of the CollegeBound College Retention Program. A College Access Advisory Group, working with Baltimore Data Collaborative, will provide information to be shared with BERC's affiliations.
Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies
Toward tuition costs of an extra semester in a Baltimore City public high school for a student in the Baltimore Scholars college program at Johns Hopkins University.
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Toward support of the Neuro-Education Initiative, which is designed to develop, implement, and study the effects of arts-integrated science units on student engagement and retention of instructional content. The effort includes curriculum development and implementation, and training of 16 fifth-grade teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
For an evaluation of the 2012 SummerREADs Book Distribution Program. The evaluation aims to determine the effects of a summer reading program designed to increase reading achievement in the face of reading loss associated with summer vacation.
KIPP Baltimore, Inc.
For expansion of the KIPP Ujima Village Student Intervention Math pilot program for the 2012-2013 school year. The objectives of the program are to close the achievement gap among low-performing students, increase overall MSA math scores, and create a remediation model for replication.
LET'S GO Boys and Girls, Inc.
Toward expansion of the STEM curriculum to reach 395 Baltimore City children at Callaway Elementary School and Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School, and at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Baltimore. LET'S GO trains teachers to provide informative, hands-on science, math, and engineering programming one day a week for 90 minutes in an after-school setting. The objectives are to improve attitudes toward science and math, achieve higher attendance rates, assist students in choosing middle and high school STEM schools, and increase the number of qualified applicants to the Ingenuity Program.
Mariposa Child Success Programs
For the development of an evaluation tool for the Promoting School Success Program, which serves teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools. The 32-hour program focuses on teacher training in student-relationship skills, and its objective is to reduce overall classroom disruption.
National Council on Teacher Quality
For support of the annual Teacher Prep Review, which will be published in U.S. News and World Report. The review will cover 800 teacher education programs in the U.S., including analyses and ratings for 20 schools in Maryland. The objective of the review is to create a communications strategy that demonstrates ratings are credible, fair, and accurate, and can provide useful information to advocacy groups working for change in state legislatures and school boards.
For continued support of the New Leaders-Baltimore program, with a goal of recruiting 12 school principals for leadership roles in Baltimore City Public Schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The new cohorts participate in a four-week summer institute, followed by a year-long residency working under an experienced principal. The following year, they are placed in schools with on-the-job networking and support for two years. New Leaders will also launch a one-year Emerging Leaders training program.
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Toward continued support of the Music Teacher Mentoring Program for first- and second-year music teachers in Baltimore City public elementary and middle schools. Three mentors will give one-on-one mentoring in lesson planning, curriculum development, sequential delivery of lessons, teaching of rhythm, tone, instrument care, and classroom management strategies.
Princeton Center for Leadership Training
For the implementation of the Peer Group Connection program in two Baltimore City high schools. The evidence- and school-based program supports the transition from middle to high school. The program includes a year-long, credit-bearing course for selected high school juniors and seniors, training them to become peer leaders, advisors, and mentors to all ninth graders in weekly advising meetings.
Two grants for the implementation of Reading Partners, a one-on-one, twice-a-week K-5 tutoring program using trained community volunteers, in five Baltimore City public elementary schools. The program targets low-performing readers and is complemented by the Take Reading Home program, which provides age- and skill-appropriate reading materials for home use. The goal is to have students performing closer to grade level by the end of the school year.
Saint Frances Academy
Toward administrative staffing costs and operating costs for the 2012-2013 school year. The college-preparatory school for students dealing with multiple socio-economic challenges offers partial scholarships to most of its 220 students, 92 percent of whom enroll in college. Funds are used to maintain critical social services, including counseling, and to keep the community center accessible throughout the year. Funds include the cost of hiring a director of development.
Saint Frances Academy
To pilot a year-round boarding school program at Saint Frances Academy for seven homeless Baltimore City boys who will also attend the high school. The pilot will determine the feasibility of making a formal commitment to provide a structured environment with meals, study, and social activities in a nearby row house. By providing safe living arrangements and supervision, the program aims to increase chances of graduation and post-secondary college or career placement.
Teach For America-Baltimore (TFA)
For expenses related to the cost of recruiting 150 new teachers, and retaining 175 second-year cohort members by providing ongoing support for Teach For America Corps members. TFA will increase civic/educational leadership capacity among its alumni to take leadership positions in Baltimore City Public Schools for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Community School, Inc.
Toward support of the current GED cohort, and College Support and Dual Enrollment Initiative serving graduates of The Community School. The initiative provides ongoing academic and mentoring support, and limited employment for eight college students.
The Ingenuity Project
For support of the 2012-2013 Ingenuity Project's advanced math, science, and research program, which serves 517 Baltimore City Public Schools middle and high school students. The objective is to provide rigorous math and science instruction, as well as immersion in a research curriculum and practicum in order to launch the next generation of STEM leaders. Students are encouraged to participate in math and science competitions including Intel, Siemens, U.S. Biology Olympiads, and the Baltimore Science Fair.
The Piney Woods School
To provide scholarships for three students from Baltimore City for the 2012-2013 school year, and toward the salary of a part-time Retention Counselor. The counselor monitors class attendance and participation, oversees study halls and dormitory behavior, and acts as a liaison and advocate for students and families - all with the intent of ensuring that the students graduate and plan for college or post-secondary education.
University of Baltimore
For support of the College Readiness Academy, an initiative designed to develop college and academic skills for 380 students in seven Baltimore City public high schools. The initiative aims to increase scores on college placement tests, and ensure that juniors and seniors avoid remedial coursework in college.
Urban Teacher Center, Inc.
For support of the Urban Teacher Center (UTC), designed to prepare teachers to serve Baltimore City's neediest schools. The teaching program requires applicants to make a four-year commitment beginning with a residency year, and followed by three years of teaching in a high-need Baltimore City Public School. UTC provides a model for teacher preparation and state licensure that is linked to student performance results.
Art with a Heart
For support and expansion of the 2012 Summer Job Program, a visual arts initiative serving 50 at-risk Baltimore City youth. Participants from Rose Street Community Center, Paul's Place, and Dr. Raynor Brown Elementary/Middle School enroll in a four-week, five-days-a-week program and are given the opportunity to create and market their artwork. They receive job and life-skills training; work two, two-hour shifts in the retail store; and receive stipends of $10 per day as part of the summer work experience.
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.
For continued support of the Pre Allied Health Bridge Project and the Career Coaching Program designed to prepare health-care institution employees to meet the entry requirements for health-care training programs. The Alliance is launching an initiative in which students from Baltimore City public schools can complete the Baltimore City Community College's developmental math requirements during their senior year of high school in order to pursue a career in health care.
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc.
Continued funding for support of internships for eight homeless women participating in the Culinary Arts Job Training Program. These internships allow students to hone their skills and gain on-the-job work experience, while employers benefit from being provided with qualified candidates.
BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the BioSTART and Laboratory Associates programs. The BioSTART program, which enables high school graduates and low-skilled workers to pursue entry-level positions in bioscience, is a 12-week "bridge" course that introduces participants to bioscience terminology, occupations, and lab procedures, and provides math remediation. The Laboratory Associates program consists of nine weeks of lectures and laboratory activities, and a three-week internship in a biotech laboratory.
Blue Water Baltimore
For continued support of a workforce development program in landscaping, horticulture, green roof and living wall installation and maintenance, and watershed restoration. Blue Water Baltimore will hire and train three technicians from under-represented neighborhoods. Once training is completed, the technicians will transition to permanent jobs or career paths.
BWI Community Development Foundation
For continued support of the weekend Sunrise Shuttle commuter transportation project, which serves up to 84 Baltimore City residents working in the suburbs.
CASA de Maryland, Inc.
Toward support of the Baltimore Welcome Center, created to provide employment placement services for day laborers and low-income workers. The program offers a range of services that includes placing workers in temporary and daily jobs; providing workers with vocational training; providing residents with information on how to access financial literacy classes, and legal and social services; and assisting families with naturalization processing.