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Race-To-The-Top Grant

After three and a half years of implementation, New Haven students, families and staff are continuing to see many changes as the District implements initiatives made possible by its successful pursuit of a federal Race to the Top Grant.
 
In December 2012, New Haven was named one of only 16 nationwide winners of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District, which ranked No. 2 in the country among 372 applicants, is receiving more than $29 million over a period of 4½ years to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. 
 
Central to the implementation effort is the District’s vision to personalize learning and prepare students to use and master “The 5 Cs”: the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, cultural competence, critical thinking and communication.
 
All students in grades 6-12 have received Chromebooks this year, and students in grades 3-5 have received Chromebooks at a 2:1 ratio.  K-2 students have Nexus 7 tablets, also at a 2:1 ratio.  TK students have 7 tablets in their classrooms.   Students throughout the District can be seen using Google docs on their Chromebooks to collaborate, create, communicate and investigate. Many more teachers are incorporating project-based learning into their curriculum, giving students the opportunity to investigate and research an essential question in a curricular area.  Nearly 200 staff members attended a two-day Personalization Summit in June 2016, with sessions taught by district teachers and administrators.  Sessions focused on technology use and integration, as well as personalizing learning to meet the social/emotional needs of students.  
 
Staff   will    continue   to    receive    ongoing    professional development and coaching – aligned with the new Common Core standards – in literacy, math and/or technology.  In addition, over 100 teachers from all sites will continue working collaboratively to complete the process of creating units of study aligned with Common Core. The Race to the Top Grant will fund follow-up release time for staff to meet to plan and implement the Common Core units, lessons and assessments. 
 
The grant also funds literacy and math coaches. The coaches support staff in implementing math, literacy and technology professional development.
 
Race to the Top funds will continue to be used to support funding of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes at Cesar Chavez and Itliong Vera Cruz middle schools and at James Logan High School.  Additionally, funds will support all 10th graders taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) and are being used to support Advanced Placement Test “boot camps,” taking place throughout the year.
 
The activities in the grant fall into eight projects.  To learn more about the projects, click on the links below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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IMPLEMENTATION REPORT FEATURES NEW HAVEN 

 

The U.S. Department of Education recently released Transforming the Culture of Teaching and Learning: Four Race to the Top-District Grantees’ Implementation of Personalized Learningthe second report from a study that followed four Race to the Top-District grantees from Fall 2013 through the start of their third year of implementation in Fall 2015.  New Haven Unified was one of the featured districts.

 

This new report addresses four primary research questions:

  • What progress have the four grantees made in implementing personalized learning?
  • How has the implementation of personalized learning changed the classroom?
  • What challenges were faced by the grantees in implementing personalized learning?
  • What should other districts consider when implementing personalized learning and how do the grantees plan to sustain personalized learning beyond the Race to the Top-District grant?

Individual grantee case studies are included for Iredell-Statesville Schools (NC), Miami-Dade Public Schools (FL), New Haven Unified School District (CA) and Metropolitan School District of Warren Township (IN). This report details how personalized learning initiatives have sparked transformations in student learning through shifting the role of teachers, using technology to increase access to resources, restructuring assessments to provide meaningful information, and increasing college and career readiness exposure.

 
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QUARTERLY REPORTS
As part of the Race to the Top Grant, we partnered with Gibson and Associates and Resource Development Associates as our external evaluators to asses our progress in implementing the grant.  Each quarter they prepare a report of our progress, based on feedback from students, parents and staff.  Feedback is gathered through surveys, focus groups and observations. Links to the reports can be found below, starting with the most recent report.
 
 
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Annual Performance Reports (APR)
 
2014-15 APR
 
Each year, Race to the Top districts are required to complete an Annual Performance Report (APR) to the United States Department of Education. We submitted our first APR on September 30, and we have recently received feedback from the Department of Education that we are making substantial progress in implementing the grant.

In the report below, you will find a summary of data highlights from the APR for the 2014-15 school year grouped by three areas: College and Career Readiness, the Common Core, and School Climate and Engagement. Data is presented overall and for significant subgroup populations by grade span when available.

The entire APR, which includes a spreadsheet with all the required data, written summaries of the data, and a budget report, can be found below as well.
 
2012-13, 2013-14 APR
 
February 10, 2015

New Haven Makes "Substantial Progress" on Race to the Top Goals, According to U.S. Department of Education

Each year, Race to the Top districts are required to complete an Annual Performance Report (APR) to the United States Department of Education. We submitted our first APR on September 30, and we have recently received feedback from the Department of Education that we are making substantial progress in implementing the grant.

In the attached report, you will find a summary of data highlights from the APR for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years grouped by three areas: College and Career Readiness, the Common Core, and School Climate and Engagement. Data is presented overall and for significant subgroup populations by grade span when available.

The entire APR, which includes a spreadsheet with all the required data, written summaries of the data, and a budget report, can be found on our web site under Race to the Top. The letter from the Department of Education noting our "substantial progress" thus far is also posted on the web site and is attached below.

We are thankful to the entire New Haven community for their ongoing support in implementing the grant. A copy of the summary of the APR and letter from the United States Department of Education are attached.
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February 3, 2015

Grant Implementation Case Studies

In 2013-14, New Haven Unified was part of an implementation study conducted by the Laurium Evaluation Group, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  An evaluation team visited four Race to the Top districts to study trends and patterns in implementing personalized learning.  
The team came to  New Haven in November 2013, and visited Hillview Crest, Eastin, Cesar Chavez, Logan, and Kids' Zone.  During the visit they met with teachers, literacy and math coaches, principals, assistant principals and district staff, and they discussed both the successes and challenges of implementation.  Additionally, the team visited classrooms to see Math Studio, Reading Apprenticeship, STEM and Comprehension at the Core.

Here is a link to the report, which includes their findings in each of the districts, as well as considerations for other districts to use when implementing personalized learning.

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