OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc is a 501(C)3, 100 percent volunteer organization serving Greater New Haven and the broader CT community since 1996. Please visit our YouTube channel to see examples of our work: https://goo.gl/q3YhD6
OneWorld community television programs and forums focus on three areas.
1) Improving Education (at every level). We work with students, parents, educators and education specialists to address issues that are intended to inform and engage– thereby having a positive impact.
2) Health Literacy: We work to promote overall good health; reduce disparities in health care outcomes by promoting health literacy, working to improve access, and encouraging proactive behaviors, and
3) Civic Engagement: We strive to Strengthen Families and Communities by focusing on the constructive and productive ways we can all work together to make a positive difference in our communities.
While we have several testimonials of our positive impact; and we know that we have made a difference in the lives of many, we are not always as successful as we would like to be in engaging the Greater NH community in our efforts. In this the 21st year of production we are trying harder than ever. As far education goes, we firmly believe that parent involvement is central and critical. We have heard it from students, teachers, educators and from experts at every level. Even more important — it is evident. We invite readers to see short videos linked starting with:
The ABC’s of Parental Involvement from The Teaching Channel: https://youtu.be/NvQSGvtmuTI
NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS POST GAINS ON COMMON CORE TESTS. The article linked below appeared in the NHI on August 18, 2016. The chart shows that among the five major urban school districts in CT, NHPS improved the most. This is good news; it also needs to continue everyday, not only when they are preparing for statewide testing. There needs to be the same commitment and vigilance to teaching and learning every day, if our students are to succeed academically. This is why all parents (as much as is possible) must be an integral part of the academic success equation.
Imma Canelli is gone from NHPS, but after reading these scores she must feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in that her efforts were not in vain. She was totally committed to working constructively with students and teachers.
As the former Deputy Supt for NHPS, Mrs. Canelli was passionate about the Common Core helping NHPS students to master the essentials of 21st Century Literacy & Preparing students for a global world. The last OneWorld program in which she participated in Sept 2015 was titled: “EDUCATION AGENDA: Curricula, Parental Involvement & 21st Century Preparation.”
“After scoring low on the Common Core-aligned state test last year, New Haven students averaged higher scores this year, improving more than the state average and more than students in other struggling districts.”
- The state Department of Education released results showing 32.1 percent of New Haven students met literacy standards, and 18.5 percent met math standards, up 5 and 4.9 percentage points, respectively, from the previous year.
- Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 took the test over the course of five weeks this past spring.
- The city made some of the highest gains among Alliance Districts, the 30 lowest-performing in the state.
- Newhallville’s K-6 Lincoln-Bassett Community School was a standout among the state’s turnaround schools, struggling schools given extra resources through the state Commissioner’s Network.
- Connecticut agreed to adopt the Common Core, national academic standards setting more rigorous benchmarks in English and math, aligned to the standardized Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam.
- New Haven switched to the new standards two years before the state requirement 2015.
Click here to see the results for this year.
Last year was supposed to be a test run. Though local education officials said that they expected low scores last year, they panicked when the results came out.
Board of Education members debated whether to double down on existing efforts or start anew with fresh approaches.
Teachers union leaders urged officials not to put too much stock in exam results as measures for student success, especially knowing students were adjusting to a harder test.
In an unprecedented move in the city, Mayor Toni Harp got herself elected president of the Board of Education last fall in the wake of the test score results. She released a 10-point plan to implement targeted interventions at the lowest-scoring schools, using money and support from the city and community.
Superintendent Garth Harries said Thursday that the partial rollout of the mayor’s plan was “absolutely a factor” in the testing gains. One of those initiatives, Saturday Academy, was intended to reinforce math and literacy skills using new technology and engage students in activities to promote social-emotional growth.
“We have looked to strengthen our reading work, and even more so going into this year,” Harries said. He said the results reflect “hard and deliberate work across the district.” This is how it should be all the time; the systems in place every day should be about maximum benefits to students. It needs to be about continuous academic success. If what Mayor rolled out made a difference, then that should be how the NHPS operate all the time.
But the results also “highlight how far we have to go,” he said, even at schools that showed the most growth.
Fair Haven School students had the lowest percentage of students meeting or exceeding reading standards, at 10.8 percent, and math standards, at 3.8 percent. Troup School was second lowest in both reading and math, at 18.6 percent and 5.1 percent.
Worthington Hooker School students had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding reading standards at 72.9 percent, and math standards, at 67 percent. Engineering & Science University Magnet School was second highest in reading at 57.35 percent of students meeting standards. West Rock Author’s Academy was second highest in math with half of students meeting standards.”
The stats presented in this article provide much of the information the district needs to make the best decisions for our children. Look at the schools where students are doing well, and at the ones where they are doing poorly. What are the main ingredients? Please read the complete article in the NHI linked here: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/gains_common_core/
In past OneWorld education programs students from various public schools talk about the importance of a successful K-12 education. It happens everyday, but we can make it better for all students. The students from challenging home environments have the most difficult time academically. It’s imperative that those making decisions about what happens in our public schools are fully cognizant of the challenges students face and that the academic and psycho-social well being of students come before professional and financial advancements of administrators.
Students also talked about the importance of parental involvement and support. Not all parents know how to academically support their children.
Imma Canelli talked about the importance of providing teachers with the support, guidance and continuous staff development they need to meet the challenges they face daily in the NHPS classrooms; these challenges are not only academic.
The New Haven Public Schools, like all urban school districts where there are high rates of poverty and many issues of disenfranchisement, present various unique challenges to all involved. Everyone needs to work together cooperatively to ensure the success of ALL students. Equal emphasis needs to be placed on the psycho-social and emotional development of students, and more assistance and guidance need to be provided to parents who need it.
We hear that from those who understand the social, emotional, psychological and financial dynamics that affect students, teachers, parents and administrators at all levels of education. Below are YouTube segments of education programs that address some of these issues. A visit to the Education segment of our web offers much more information. Effective education is about more than scoring well on any standardized test. Students need a sense of well-being; they need to be able to think critically; they need to be able to understand what they read and make the connection between education and their future. Please take a look at the videos linked below. OneWorld’s web education section: http://www.oneworldpi.org/education/
- Building Success Pathways for ALL Students: https://youtu.be/nXeZgf7VXNk
- Defining the Common Core – with Parents, Students and Educators: https://youtu.be/Uaa1STCJhWI
- The Importance of Parents and Teachers Working Together to Help Students Succeed: https://youtu.be/b_vjtSflhe0
- Students Talk about the Need to Have Meaningful Engagement: https://youtu.be/u-XVPAogMXg
- OneWorld’s “Education Agenda” Students Perspective on the Role of Education In Molding Successful Lives: https://youtu.be/mPlqfo53XeY
OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc is a 501(C)3, 100 percent volunteer organization serving Greater New Haven and the broader CT community since 1996. We produce three categories of television programs: health literacy, education and civic engagement. We also engage the community, and particularly students, in critical-thinking forums, an oratory competition and radio discussions. What we do depends largely on what we can financially afford to do at any given time and on an ongoing basis. We invite and appreciate technical and financial support.
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