District receives state My Brother's Keeper grant
N.Y. (Dec. 13, 2016) --
School District of Albany has received a $346,226 My Brother’s Keeper
Challenge Grant to help increase its efforts to raise achievement for
all students, and especially boys and young men of color.
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
announced the grant Tuesday, part of the state’s $10 million
investment in supporting My Brother’s Keeper initiatives.
grateful to the state for providing this additional assistance or our
work to support all of our students and families,” said Interim
Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.
of the district’s MBK activities will focus on the five Priority
elementary schools: Arbor Hill Elementary, Giffen Memorial Elementary,
Schuyler Achievement Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas
O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST).
opted to focus on those schools because of their designation, student
demographics and the importance of building a strong foundation in young
students for future educational success.
will focus on three of the six MBK goals:
school ready to learn
These activities will be targeted to the district’s 4-year-old
prekindergarten population (about 700 students).
will implement an aligned PK-K literacy skills assessment for all
prekindergarten students and incoming kindergarten students in Priority
schools, as well as expand family and community engagement for student
learning and development around early literacy and social-emotional
grade level by third grade
These initiatives will focus on grades K-2 at the five Priority schools.
The district will:
a Professional Learning Community comprised of Response to
Intervention (RtI) coaches, reading teachers and teaching assistants
at each Priority School
implementation of McGraw-Hill’s “Wonders” Reading Program and
“WonderWorks” Intervention Program
and implement a PLC comprised of Priority School leadership and
district-level administration around a systematic approach that
accelerates the intellectual development and academic achievement of
disadvantaged students of color
family and community engagement around literacy
a targeted literacy enrichment program PK-2 as part of summer
extended learning time program.
of Conduct violations and providing a second chance
The target population for this goal is all K-12 students in the
district. The district will:
a PLC comprised of behavior specialists, social workers and
psychologists in order to establish a team of experts to deliver,
model, coach and support implementation of the district’s new Code
of Conduct and Preventative Strategies Plan
a positive school culture and climate by equipping students with
appropriate social-emotional tools and skills
family and community engagement around reducing Code of Conduct
violations and providing a second chance.
designed to offer tiered levels of supports, so that highest-need
students will receive the most intensive interventions.
Through assessment of need, intervention
strategies are expected to focus resources and supports on students of
color, leading to a narrowing of the achievement gap. Specifically,
racial disparities in reading growth rates among students K-2 in
Priority schools, and district-wide behavior referral and suspension
rates are expected to decline.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,600
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High