2012-06-22 / Top Stories

CVSR Included In Innovate Education Program

The Channel View School for Research at the Beach Channel Educational Campus has been selected as a part of the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), a program to improve college readiness and career outcomes for black and Latino young men.

Channel View is among 40 schools that were selected this week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Walcott says that the schools have demonstrated progress in closing the achievement gap in high school graduation between black and Latino students and their peers.

According to a prepared statement issued by the Department of Education, ESI will build on that success, focusing on new approaches to academics, youth development and school culture to promote success in and beyond high school. The schools will receive professional learning and ESI resources, made possible through the five-year initiative and the support of the Open Society Foundations. As part of the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative, ESI is the first effort in the nation to focus on gaps in college and career readiness – not just high school graduation rates. The Department of Education will apply the practices and approaches learned from the 40 ESI schools to schools throughout the five boroughs. “Since launching the Young Men’s Initiative, we have prioritized education as an area where we needed to not just close the achievement gap for high school graduation, but also prepare black and Latino young men to take the next steps in college or their careers,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The Expanded Success Initiative is a cornerstone of our work to provide black and Latino students with the support and resources they need to excel in high school and beyond.” “Black and Latino young men comprise approximately one third of our student body, and their success is critical to the future of our schools and City,” said Chancellor Walcott. “It’s our job to make sure that we employ the best strategies to meet our students’ needs and all of our schools will benefit from the groundbreaking strategies our ESI schools pioneer. I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg and George Soros – as well as every school that participated in this process – for showing their commitment to the future of our City and our black and Latino youth.” “The latest Federal Reserve report on household wealth says it all – a college graduate will make three times the income of a high school drop out and twice the income of a high school only graduate,” said Deputy Mayor Gibbs. “Increasingly, a college degree is the minimum requirement to competing successfully in the future of our economy. This initiative recognizes that reality now and is committed to helping black and Latino boys overcome disadvantages that risk placing them further behind in this challenge.”

“The selection of these school signals an important commitment to help young men of color in New York City public schools,” said George Soros. “This group of high schools and their partners will dedicate themselves to improving academic opportunities and support for black and Latino boys. They will also work to change discipline practices that have pushed kids out of school in the past. I am delighted to be part of an initiative that sets the bar for boys’ achievement where it should be: at college and career success.”

As part of their application, ESI eligible schools were asked to design new strategies to increase college and career readiness for black and Latino young men. Their proposals focused on three areas: academics, youth development and school culture. Academic strategies relate to Common Core standards, which set expectations for what students need to know and do in each grade to be on track for college success. Schools could redesign course curricula to increase the number of students enrolled in four years or math and science, Advanced Placement and other high-level courses.

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