Two grants for expenses related to the construction of new dormitory buildings for eighth-grade students. The boarding school, located in Kenya, provides a residential academic program for 40 at-risk underachieving Baltimore City middle school boys.
In support of the implementation of the Baltimore Curriculum Project for the 2002-2003 school year. The project provides planning and management oversight of four schools in Baltimore City's New Schools Initiative and support for planning for an additional New School. The Baltimore Curriculum Project currently offers a combination of Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge and serves as an incubator for a variety of curricula and projects being piloted.
For the creation of a venture capital fund to provide seed money for advanced student and teacher projects at the new Digital Harbor High School. These projects, chosen from the technology business plans submitted, will be led to the proposal-to-fund stage.
For continued support of staffing a string instrument music program.
In support of the 2002-2003 National Academic League in 29 Baltimore City public middle schools. The league provides extracurricular interscholastic programming in a competition and media atmosphere associated with athletic events to encourage higher academic achievement.
For costs related to the phase-in of the eighth grade at one of the schools created as part of Baltimore City's New Schools Initiative. The final step of the school's expansion to a K-8 school includes minor renovations, purchase of classroom furnishings and resource materials, professional development, curriculum planning and fine arts, music and physical education programming.
In support of the Advanced Studies Program, a dual enrollment college program in collaboration with Baltimore City Community College. The Advanced Studies Program will provide students at an alternative high school serving older students, most of whom had been expelled, failed or dropped out of the traditional high schools, with an opportunity to take college-level courses as well as college remedial courses with faculty from Baltimore City Community College.
For continued support of the 2002-2003 Speech and Debate Program that includes the enhancement of a full-time Mock Trial program.
For support of an initiative to improve outcomes of developmental education through the use of Academic Systems, a computer-based educational product designed to accelerate remedial learning. Academic Systems is a faculty mediated approach that combines traditional instructional methods with interactive multi-media software. The goals are to improve the pass and performance rates of a cohort of Baltimore City Community College students enrolled in pilot developmental courses and to increase the college's retention rate.
In support of the Education Funders Affinity Group for the 2002-2003 school year.