E-News: April 23, 2013

RACE TO THE TOP UPDATE: PROJECT 3
In December, the New Haven Unified School District was named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next 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.

New Haven RTTT-D Director Lisa Metzinger is updating staff regularly about the seven projects that are part of the grant: 1) Literacy and Common Core State Standards, 2) Community Connections, 3) Teacher/ Principal Evaluation, 4) Technology and Personalization, 5) Grading and Assessment, 6) College and Career, 7) Implementation/Program Evaluation. E-News is sharing Ms. Metzinger’s updates with the greater community. Today’s update is on Project 3: Read More… »»

RTT-D Update: Project 3-Teacher/Principal/Superintendent Evaluation

As you know, the Evaluation Task Force has been meeting regularly to develop a new teacher evaluation system that is based on teacher professional development and support, as well as student growth. Read More… »»

Board of Education Briefs: April 16, 2013

The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the renaming of Alvarado Middle School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, effective September 2015. The name change honors the memory of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.

The Board instructed District staff to formulate an implementation plan and secure funds to cover costs before the name change takes effect. Community groups have pledged to cover the costs, estimated at approximately $15,000. Read More… »»

E-News: April 16, 2013

Race to the Top Update

In December, the New Haven Unified School District was named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next 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. 

New Haven RTTT-D Director Lisa Metzinger is updating staff regularly about implementation of the grant, and E-News is sharing Ms. Metzinger’s updates with the greater community. Today’s update: Read More… »»

RTT-D Update: Scope of Work

One of the initial requirements of the RTT-D grant is to submit a Scope of Work (SOW) within the first 100 days of the grant period. The SOW is a complete picture of all of the projects, activities, and tasks that we will engage in to accomplish our district's plan and goals, and it is aligned with the grant application and budget. It basically distills our plan into a manageable, actionable format, identifying the activities and tasks for each project and the overall plan. Read More… »»

E-News: April 9, 2013

Logan Coach to Head World Youth Team

James Logan High School track and field coach Lee Webb has been named head coach for the United States team that will compete this summer at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine. The championships are scheduled July 10-14 in Donetsk. Read More… »»

E-News: April 2, 2013

FOUNDATION TO HONOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
James Logan and Conley-Caraballo high school seniors will receive more than $65,000 in college scholarships at the New Haven Schools Foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon Friday, April 19. The event will be at the Hilton Newark/Fremont, starting at 11:30 a.m.

The Foundation will distribute 80 scholarships worth a total of $65,350, Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle reports. Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci and Assemblymember Bill Quirk will present the scholarships, and state treasurer Bill Lockyer will be a special guest. Read More… »»

RTT-D Update: Summer Professional Development Offerings

Attached is the brochure for our summer professional development offerings, most of which are funded by RTT-D. On-line registration will begin on Monday, May 13, 2013. More information regarding on-line registration will be coming later in May.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Scott Pizani, Olivia Lynch, or me.

Enjoy a wonderful and restful Spring Break.

Lisa Metzinger

E-News: March 26, 2013

RACE TO THE TOP UPDATE: PROJECT 6
In December, the New Haven Unified School District was named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next 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. Read More… »»

RTT-D Update on Project 6: College and Career Readiness

The focus of Project 6, College and Career Readiness, is to ensure that all students leave our system college and career ready. Today, we're highlighting three areas that RTT-D will be funding: the creation of a STEM academy at Logan, enhancing college and career support at Conley-Caraballo High School, and expanding the Puente program. Read More… »»

Board of Education Briefs: March 19, 2013

The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the second interim budget for 2013-13, as well as budget projections for 2013-14 and 2014-15 that maintain austerity measures implemented during the past few years. Read More… »»

E-News: March 19, 2013

Race to the Top Update: Project 1

In December, the New Haven Unified School District was named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next 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. 

New Haven RTTT-D Director Lisa Metzinger is updating staff regularly about the seven projects that are part of the grant: 1) Literacy and Common Core State Standards, 2) Community Connections, 3) Teacher/ Principal Evaluation, 4) Technology and Personalization, 5) Grading and Assessment, 6) College and Career, 7) Implementation/Program Evaluation. E-News is sharing Ms. Metzinger’s updates with the greater community.

Today’s update is on Project 1, Literacy and Common Core Standards: Read More… »»

RTT-D Update on Project 1: Literacy and the Common Core Standards

Project 1, Literacy and the Common Core Standards, focuses on extensive professional development and follow-up coaching to support teachers in teaching and assessing literacy and math that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Scott Pizani, Director of Student Interventions, is the leader of this project. Read More… »»

E-News: March 12, 2013

RACE TO THE TOP UPDATE: PROJECT 5
In December, the New Haven Unified School District was named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next 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. Read More… »»

RTT-D Update on Project 5: Grading and Assessment

Project 5, Grading and Assessment, is the continuation of the district’s ongoing efforts and process to restructure how grading and assessment take place, both in preparation for CCSS implementation, and as a result of our drive toward educational equity throughout our District. The grading and assessment task force has been meeting together for nearly two years, working to develop, test, analyze, improve, and implement a grading and assessment system based on our educational reforms and the CCSS. RTT-D funds are now being used to support this work. Read More… »»

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