SMCOE Hearing
April 20, 2011
We Value Advice from the
Community of East Palo Alto
Aaron Llones Ravenswood Family Health Center, Alison Upton Lopez Building
Futures Now, Amy Joh Bayshore Christian Ministries, Anna Waring Foundation for
College Education, Bob Hoover Making It Happen / Promise Neighborhood, Carlos
Romero, Mayor EPA City Council, Chris Bischoff Eastside Prep, Cruz Hyland St.
Francis of Assisi Parent Assoc’n, Dave Higeki EPA Tennis & Tutoring, David Foldey
2nd Mile, David Herrera Downtown College Prep, David Woods EPA City Council,
Debbie Bickel YMCA, Dee Uhila Pacific Islander Outreach, Faye McNair-Knox One
EPA, Marion Winters De Anza College, Elizabeth Silva Ravenswood CDC Parents
Association, Father Goode St Francis of Assisi, Gloria Marshall CLC Montessori,
Goro Mitchell CDI, Heather Starnes For Youth By Youth, Helen Kim Eastside Prep,
Hema Mohan Office of Senator Joe Samitian, James Bryant Mi Pueblo Grocery,
Joanna Leon EPA Girls To Women, Katharine Pough Calif. Bank & Trust, Larry
Moody Making It Happen / Promise Neighborhood, Laura Martinez Vice Mayor EPA
City Council, Kevin Sved Stanford New School, Kristina Thompson For Youth By
Youth, Les DeWitt Peninsula Bridge, Liliana Gaytan Magnolia Head Start, Lisa Moody
YFES, Mateo Jaffe Nuestra Casa Parents as Leaders, Matt Martin O’Keefe Family
Center, Michael Levin EPA.net, Pastor Bennett Bayshore Christian Ministries, Pastor
Prado EPA Apostolic Assembly, Pastor Smith Community Church, Pastor Uelese
Samoan Assembly of God, Patricia Artia Nuestra Casa Parents as Leaders, Patricia
Foster EPA Girls To Women, Peter Fortenbaugh Boys and Girls Clubs, Reverend
Williams St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Reymundo Armendariz Public Allies,
Rich Gordon California State Assemblyman, Rolando Zeledon Bayshore Christian
Ministries, Shannon Pekary Ravenswood Youth Athletic Association, Stewart Hyland
Making It Happen / Promise Neighborhood, Whitney Hoermann CLC Montessori
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What East Palo Alto Parents Told Us...
“Rocketship would be a
great opportunity for East Palo Alto.
I have four young kids
and I want them all to
go to college.
I know Rocketship will
put them on that track.”
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East Palo Alto Families
Want a Great School
•Parents of 1,012 children
signed the Rocketship
petition
• In only four weeks……
• More than 1/3 of total Ravenswood
K-3 students
• Many Tinsley parents who want a
GREAT school in East Palo Alto
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Trajectory of Local Schools Achievement: API
Grade Level = 875
points less than Rocketship’s
Three 10Schools
average in ’09 -‘10
in San Jose
Local schools last year
It will take local schools 8 more years to
approach the student achievement levels of
Rocketship Rocketeers.
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The Big Picture
Our Vision
Collaborate with local communities and
schools to eliminate the achievement gap.
Our
Mission
Students proficient and college-bound when
they graduate from elementary school.
Our
Focus
21st Century Schools that
implement a hybrid and holistic
model.
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Rocketship Schools Realize
Outstanding Results
925
925
886
2010 API Results
882
847
752
737
622
Rocketship
Mateo
Sheedy
Palo
Alto
Unified
Rocketship Aspire
EPACS
Sí Se
Puede
(In its 1st year)
CA
Non
Low
Income
CA
Low
Income
Edison
Stanford
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Individualization:
The Power of a Hybrid School
4. In class, teachers
1. In class, teachers
Introduce
Concepts
focus on critical
thinking skills.
introduce new topics
and conduct guided
discussion.
Guided
Practice
Extend
Individualized
Learning
Intervene
3. For remediation, students
work 1:1 and in small-groups
with tutors, again, at THEIR
learning level.
Independent
Practice
Assess
2. During Learning Lab,
students spend 1:1 time on
computers, and take
assessment tests specialized
at THEIR learning level.
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Hybrid and 21st Century Schools
Better for
EACH Student
Better for
Teachers
• Individualized,
adaptive learning
• Joyful learning,
critical thinking,
holistic model in
class
• Driving towards 21st
Century model and
skills
• Sustainable
profession
• Learning Lab
lessons for
remediation
• Critical thinking
skills in classroom
• High student
achievement
Reinvest in
Schools
• Academic Deans
• Response to
Intervention
Program
• Leadership
Program
• Professional
Development
• and more…
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Special Education
We serve all students
• Full inclusion program
• Response to Intervention
• Reputation for innovation
• Aware of Ravenswood School
Improvement Plan, prepared to
comply and collaborate
• Rocketship Rocketeer ISD
students:
• Over 70% scoring
proficient or advanced
in ELA
• Over 60% scoring
proficient or advanced
in math.
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Outstanding Rocketship Teachers
Ongoing Teacher Development
•
•
•
•
100% Highly Qualified
Academic Deans
Coaching
• Real-time, videotaping, in-class feedback
• The New Teacher Project—’Rocketship in top 5%’
Professional Growth Plans: 3 goals every 8 weeks
Teacher Effectiveness Measures
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•
•
•
Student achievement (actual and change over time)
Professional growth plan metrics
Home visits completed, parent volunteer hours completed
School-wide API
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Empowering Parents and Building Community
Monthly Community
Meetings:
Home Visits
• Every Rocketeer, Every Year
School Governance
• Teacher hiring
• Review Data and Budget
• School naming
Collaborative,
Inclusive
Culture
Volunteer Hours
Parent/ Family
Meetings:
•Celebrate diversity
•‘Field Trips’ for Families
Parent Leadership Groups
•
Parent Empowerment Workshops
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Rocketship and East Palo Alto
Collaborating for Student Success
Collaborating with Ravenswood Community to
Eliminate the Achievement Gap
• Invested in and already listening to and working with
parents and community of East Palo Alto
• Collaborate with Ravenswood City School District
student achievement via hybrid model (Ravenswood
Education Foundation)
• Partner in transforming outcomes for kids
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East Palo Alto Families Want a Great
School
East Palo Alto Families
Deserve a Great School Now…
• Parents signed the Rocketship petition with overwhelming
support
• 21st Century Schools: innovative hybrid model, deeply invested in
parent engagement, focus on professional development
• We want to partner and collaborate so students succeed
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Thank You
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East Palo Alto Families Want a Great School