Baltimore City Schools Implement New Programs
(BALTIMORE, MD)--Baltimore City Public Schools is identifying 55 schools that will receive new support, including staff and training, in literacy instruction, social and emotional learning, and restorative practice. These "intensive learning sites" will become resources for schools throughout Baltimore, as the district moves to extend high-quality educational opportunities across the city and accelerate implementation of its blueprint for success.
Literacy 20 schools will each gain a dedicated literacy coach to support teachers as they improve instruction in English language arts, along with providing targeted professional development tailored to needs at individual schools. National experts in literacy instruction will reinforce professional learning for staff with additional on-site coaching. A goal of the district's blueprint is to build a generation of students who comprehend deeply, think critically, and express themselves powerfully, positioning them to meet and exceed rigorous academic standards and access the opportunities they need for future success.
Social and emotional learning 20 schools will receive focused training in supporting students' social and emotional learning, a key component of the blueprint's emphasis on engaging students and fostering their learning by recognizing them as whole individuals.
Each school will have an inviting space where students can reflect and decompress, with a trained staff member who works with them on developing constructive behavior and connecting them to academic support or other services. Research has shown that social and emotional learning and "noncognitive" skills are important for student success.
Restorative practice with support from Open Society InstituteBaltimore, 15 schools will receive intensive training from the International Institute for Restorative Practices, the Community Conferencing Center, and others. Restorative practice promotes positive school environments and works to build healthy communities, another area that is essential to addressing student wholeness.
The intensive learning sites have been identified through a competitive application process, with successful applicants selected based on factors including school type, location, and capacity and commitment of staff to adopt this new approach to fostering staff and student growth.
"By focusing on these carefully selected schools, we will create experts across the city who will become mentors for other schools and allow us to expand," said City Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises. "With this step, we are beginning to create a citywide community of high-quality instructional practice. By building the capacity of our school leaders and staff to support our students academically, socially, and emotionally, we are building the next generation of leaders for Baltimore and the world."
In addition to establishing these intensive learning sites, the district is continuing implementation of its blueprint with focused professional development for all traditional (non-charter) schools in the areas of literacy and student wholeness. More about the blueprint can be found in "Building a Generation," available on the district's website at www.baltimorecityschools.org.
Intensive Learning Sites
Abbottston Elementary School
Augusta Savage Fells Savage Institute
Booker T. Washington Middle School
Callaway Elementary School
Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School
Dallas F. Nicholas, Sr. Elementary School
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary/Middle School
Federal Hill Preparatory Academy
Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #215
John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School
Joseph C. Briscoe Academy
Lockerman Bundy Elementary School
North Bend Elementary/Middle School
Reginald F. Lewis High School
Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School
Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
Woodhome Elementary/Middle School
Yorkwood Elementary School
Carver Vocational-Technical High School
Collington Square Elementary/Middle School
Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School
Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr., Elementary School
Guilford Elementary/Middle School
Gwynns Falls Elementary School
Hilton Elementary School
Johnston Square Elementary School
Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School
Mary E. Rodman Elementary School
Moravia Park Elementary School
NACA Freedom and Democracy Academy II
New Song Academy
Patterson High School
Pimlico Elementary/Middle School
Steuart Hill Academic Academy
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School
Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle School
Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West
Harford Heights Elementary School
Holabird Elementary/Middle School
Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
The Mount Washington School
National Academy Foundation
Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School
(additional schools to be named in collaboration with Open Society InstituteBaltimore)