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During one-year terms of service, teams of Blue Engine Fellows—recent college graduates of all academic backgrounds—work to accelerate academic achievement in high-need public high schools. To apply, visit us online:

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Blue Engine Webinar

  1. 1. A whole-school model that harnesses the power of national service to accelerate academic achievement and increase “college readiness” in low-income high schools across America
  2. 2. coll•ege rea•dy adj having the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to persist and complete a college course of study successfully - without remediation – at the point of enrollment adapted from the College Board, 2010 The most important gap in education today college eligible college ready * *
  3. 3. college eligible ≠ college ready Of every 100 low-income students entering college each year complete their bachelor’s degrees 15 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2006
  4. 4. THERE’S SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE. (and what it is is exactly clear)
  5. 5. Rigorous academic prep in high school coursework is the single strongest predictor * of college completion *Bridgespan analysis for the Gates Foundation (2006) Academic Prep *
  6. 6. Translation: expectations financial aid parent support counseling advice on apps + good stuff but nothing matters more than rigor √
  7. 7. To increase rigor , instruction and support must be tailored to the needs of individual students starting Day One of high school. The national service movement should be channeled to address this pressing need.
  8. 8. BETA INTRODUCING THE Class of 2010
  9. 9. <ul><li>A team of 12 Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) chosen in the spring of 2010 from 185 applicants nationwide (8%) to join the inaugural class in NYC </li></ul><ul><li>Talented, service-minded college graduates dedicated to careers in social change leadership, willing to work for an annual stipend of $14,400 + benefits </li></ul>Who we are <ul><li>Work alongside classroom teachers to provide high-quality, small-group tutorials to entire grade levels of high school students (4-6 at a time) in mathematics, writing, literacy, and language arts (current pilot in Algebra only) </li></ul><ul><li>Collect and analyze “real time” data on student performance to help teacher / BETA teams differentiate instruction to the needs of all students </li></ul><ul><li>Lead the implementation of an evidence-based theory of change tied to the development of college-ready skills including: self-regulation, curricular planning, college visits, parent outreach, and after school programming </li></ul>What we do
  10. 10. <ul><li>Expanding in the fall of 2011 to two/three additional high schools in New York City only, building out English/Language Arts and geometry supports in addition to our continuing work in algebra. </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting a class of 32 BETAS for the fall of 2011, between 8 -12 of whom will be current BETAS returning for a second year of service (22K + benefits). </li></ul><ul><li>Launching social media and documentary initiatives to spread the word of Blue Engine beyond the NYC metro area and attract additional support. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing staffing structures to support operations in 2011 and beyond, securing commitments from AmeriCorps, schools, and foundations to grow from a 600K budget in FY11 (current) to a projected 1.2M and 2.5M+ over the next two fiscal years. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing a results-driven culture that provides the basis for regional and national expansion in high-need high schools across the country. </li></ul>Where we’re going
  11. 11. PROGRAM
  12. 12. We take a student - centered approach Our personalized instructional model helps students go further , faster by reimagining the way that classrooms work and students learn.  <ul><li>One size does NOT fit all </li></ul><ul><li>A more personalized kind of classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Daily data collection and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Web-enabled perform. management system </li></ul>
  13. 13. We believe that one size does NOT fit all Each BETA accelerates the learning cycle in small groups, every day Learning is accelerated by unhinging curriculum and assessments from a one-size-fits all model
  14. 14. We create a more personalized classroom BETAS help increase teacher leverage by customizing instruction and assessments each and every day Our innovative human capital model reduces teacher-to-student ratios from 1:30 to 1:6.
  15. 15. The Engine runs on data collection and analysis Students are constantly growing at different rates. BETAS target resources to increase student achievement at every level Data collection and analysis happens DAILY and is made transparent to invest students in their own success
  16. 16. We are developing a web-enabled performance management system BETAs have a constant pulse on student performance to inform instruction in real time. Our performance management system helps us make smart decisions about how to allocate time and BETA resources in real time
  17. 17. Two programs. Two applicant profiles. Classroom Teachers Leadership Achievement Perseverance BRIDS I/M 2 years ES / MS / HS All majors Teaching Assistants Teamwork Achievement Flexibility Service mindset Interpersonal skill 1 year+ HS All majors
  18. 18. What we look for in applicants <ul><li>During a three-stage selection process (online, phone*, in-person), we screen for: </li></ul><ul><li> - Prior achievement </li></ul><ul><li> - Presence </li></ul><ul><li> - Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li> - Coachability </li></ul><ul><li> - Programmatic fit </li></ul><ul><li> - Drive / grit </li></ul><ul><li> - Career direction </li></ul>KEY dates D1: Feb 16 D2: April 6
  19. 19. Current BETA NYU class of 2010, 3.95 GPA Straight into teaching? Hesitant. Experience tutoring: 4 years Passion for education, results focus, humility, presence with kids, creative problem solver, instructional skill in small groups: Off the charts. Keith Lau. A different kind of rockstar.
  20. 20. KEITH LAU IS NOW PART OF THE MOVEMENT. and we need your help to expand it
  21. 21. Q UESTIONS ?