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Baxter Academy-Maine Charter School Commission interview 10-31-12_finalPresentation Transcript
Maine Charter School Commission Interview October 31, 2012A technology-rich project-based public charter high school serving Southern Maine
10,000 High School Aged Students in Greater Portland Portland South Portland Westbrook Scarborough Freeport Gorham Windham
Population Growth in Southern MaineAccording to Maine Census 2010 results, the population of the area was approximately 1,328,361people. From 2000 to 2010, the Maine population growth percentage was 4.2% (or from 1,274,923people to 1,328,361 people).Population growth has been greatest in the Portland suburbs. The public high schools in Falmouth,Freeport, Gorham, Scarborough, and Windham have all seen enrollment increases in recent years.According to Cumberland County Census 2010 results, the population of the area wasapproximately 281,674 people. From 2000 to 2010, the Cumberland County population growthpercentage was 6.0% (or from 265,612 people to 281,674 peopleLive-Work Portland has begun a campaign to recruit young educated professionals to relocate toPortland. Many quality of life surveys published in recent years rank Portland as one of the mostlivable small cities in America.SOURCES: http://www.cubitplanning.com/county/2737-cumberland-county-census-2010-populationhttp://www.maine.gov/education/enroll/aproct/historical/oct1unitsec.htm
MissionBaxter Academy for Technology and Science will be a rigorous,college-preparatory high school promoting student ownership oflearning through curriculum focused specifically on science,technology, engineering and math (STEM). Baxter Academystudents will study complex, real world problems, using andbuilding technological tools in a collaborative environment withscientists, engineers and other professionals. Baxter Academywill set high expectations for all students, develop socialresponsibility, promote innovation and creativity, and producegraduates with a 21st century global perspective.
VisionStudents at the Baxter Academy will follow a standards-based curriculum forEnglish language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts.Upon graduation, students will have 21st Century skills and will be able tocontinue their education, and be successful, at Americas best universities.The Baxter Academy will serve students with a strong interest in science,technology, engineering, and mathematics. We will offer a challenging college-preparatory curriculum featuring outstanding and innovative teachers. Ourteachers will help guide students to be passionate, self-directed learners byengaging their intellect and encouraging their imaginations by embracingtechnology-rich project-based learning.Baxter Academy will also offer a strong humanities and foreign languagecurriculum to prepare students to be ethical leaders in the 21st century globaleconomy.
Timeline of Events• Charter School Application Submitted – May 29, 2012• Interview & Public Hearing – June 18, 2012• Interview & Public Hearing – July 2 – vote rescheduled• Interview & Public Hearing - July 17, 2012 – approval granted with conditions• Conditions Letter Mailed to Baxter Academy – August 1, 2012• Revised Application Submitted – September 28,2012• Final Interview – October 31, 2012• Final Vote – November 7, 2012
School Day 8am – 2pmBaxter Academy is working with the Portland School Department ona Memorandum of Understanding that would allow our Portlandstudents to ride the Portland School Department Busses, andparticipate on Portland and Deering High sports teams, similar toCasco Bay High students.An 8:00am start would allow students traveling 25 miles fromTopsham, Windham and Kennebunk the needed time to get toschool.A 2:00pm dismissal will allow students to participate in after-schoolactivities, some at Baxter, some at the home town high school.
Core Beliefs• 21st Century STEM skills are best acquired through interdisciplinary project- based learning• Teachers need strong technology skills to reach and teach students today• Teamwork and collaboration are essential• Every Child Matters
Founder | Executive Director• John Jaques received his B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine.• Began education career as social studies teacher in Bethesda, Maryland in 1993.• Moved to Maine taught both high school and middle school social studies for 10 years.• UMaine masters program focus on project-based constructivist education theories, strongly influenced by Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) and the work of Seymour Papert at MIT with 1:1 laptop education.• Worked for 8 years in MLTI as a Computer Teacher, a Technology Integrator and as a Technology Coordinator.• Brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the power of project-based learning, combined with the power of technology to transform education
Unique Education Plan• 1:1 Laptops with the Google Chromebook• Google Apps and Digital Portfolios• Individualized Learning Plans for Every Student• Chinese Language & Culture Program• Friday Schedule – 20% Google Flex Time• College Ready STEM Graduates
Integrated Learning We feel strongly that the BAXTER EXPERIENCE be coherent at all grade levels. Civic engagement is important. We see education, particularly science education, as being about teamwork, solving problems, drawing from different disciplines, and working together towards a solution. We believe in an integrated curriculum, fieldwork and inquiry-based learning.
Advisory Board MemberMarcia Minter – Vice President &Creative Director L.L. BeanMarcia is one of the foundingmembers of the Baxter AcademyAdvisory Board. Marcia has beenthe key person advising on thedevelopment of the schoolsmarketing strategy and campaign.Marcia has also been involved asa parent of a high school aged sonwho attends Casco Bay HighSchool in Portland. Marica isinterested in seeing that project-based learning opportunities areexpanded to communities outsideof Portland.
Advisory Board MemberDr. Katherine Merseth: Founding Baxter AcademyAdvisory Board Member and Hiring Committee MemberKatherine Merseth is Senior Lecturer and Director ofTeacher Education Programs at the Harvard GraduateSchool of Education. In the recently published book, InsideUrban Charter Schools: Promising Practices and Strategies inFive High-Performing Schools….the purpose of K–12 schoolingin the twenty-first century and what it will take to enable allschools—whether charter or traditional—to successfully educateall students. http://vimeo.com/11876674
Advisory Board MemberDr. Rob Sanford – University of Southern Maine, Chair, Department ofEnvironmental Science, Founding Member of the Baxter AcademyAdvisory Board.Rob has been a key advisor in the area of science education. Robserves as co-director for the SENCER Center for Innovation-NewEngland, and in this capacity helps disseminate and support SENCERinitiatives across the country and especially in New England. He alsoadvises the national office on programming and sustainability.
Board Of Directors
Board of Directors Member Dr. Russ Quaglia Aspirations Program•International education expert•Foremost authority on the developmentand achievement of student aspirations •Help students develop a sense of self- worth •Foster students’ active engagement in learning •Encourage a sense of purpose http://www.qisa.org/
Board of Directors Member Peter Montano, CPA Macdonald Page & Co., LLC•Baxter Academy Treasurer•Director at Macdonald Page & Co•Extensive nonprofit accountingexperience including with charter schools•Deep Board experience •Advisory Committee at MANP (formerly Treasurer of the Board) •Audit Committee at the Maine Community Foundation
Board of Directors Member Peter Morrison• Baxter Academy Business Development Committee• Small business owner• Background in business administration• Expertise in strategic and long- term planning
Leadership Work Wisdom WealthEach member of the BoD Members bring expertise in: Fundraising potentialhas committed to work on • Charter School Management of Board Membersdesignated special projects • Accounting vary based onoutside of standard Board • Fundraising occupation, age andoversight: • Nonprofit Technology connections.• Financial • Engineering• Fundraising • Lobbying Gift potential is as• Business Development • Technology Development follows:• Family Engagement • Biology Research •$5000 or more: 3• Building Support • Classroom Teaching •$1000 or more: 2• Educational Programming • Business Management •$500 or more: 2 • Facilities Management •$200 or more: 2
Major Donors• $10,000 and $25,000 major gifts received• Board donations- round of initial gifts (including $5,000 gift), major gifts pledged after approval• Business Development Committee networking with major tech leaders in Greater Portland Area• Networking with major charter support community
Grants• Invited to apply to the Sprague Family Foundation for a $5,000 General Operating grant• Invited to re-submit to the Libra Foundation for a $50,000 General Operating grant over two years• Applications in process or pending to: • The Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation • The Walmart Foundation • The Stephen and Tabitha Kind Foundation • And six other proven charter school supporting foundations
House PartiesMultiple house parties planned for FY13: • November 15, 2012 at DiMillos Restaurant (focus on Maine Heritage Policy Center Community) • November 2013 at Portland Pie Restaurant (welcome to the neighborhood party) • January 2013 at Andrea Berry’s home (focus on young, connected community supporters) • February 2013 at Baxter Academy School Building • March 2013 at Advisory Board Member’s home • April 2013 at Board Member’s home
Annual CampaignUpon approval on November 7, 2012 Baxter Academy will launch a formal annual campaign.• Letters by mail to current community• Targeted mailing to local tech community followed by phone calls• Friend-to-Friend Campaign run through Razoo.com
A Look at the Numbers Fundraising Plan ProposalFoundation Funding: $100,000Individual Support: $125,000 • Board: $15,000 • Major Gifts: $100,000 • Annual Camp: $10,000Corporate Support: $50,000 TOTAL Fundraising Income $275,000
A Look at the Numbers Current ProspectsFoundation Funding: More than 50% requestedIndividual Support: 30% secured • Board: $5K secured, more pledged • Major Gifts: $35K secured • Annual Camp.: Planned for Dec 2012Corporate Support: Board Committee focusing on corporate development Progress doesn’t include: house parties, $20K pledge, other major gift work