Charter School Luncheon DiMillos 11 15-12Presentation Transcript
Charter School Luncheon John Jaques – Executive Director Baxter Academies of MaineA project-based public charter high school for Southern Maine
Steve Jobs on Education ReformThe American public school system is―hopelessly antiquated and crippled byunion work rules‖.Two suggestions:1) Schools should use digital materials and assessments and stop using textbooks2) Schools principals need more authorityto hire and fire staff, keeping only the bestand brightest teachers.
Rupert Murdock speaks about Steve Jobs―Our public schools are producing fewer and fewergraduates who have the skills necessary for the worldsbest jobs. At the bottom, each year more than a millionAmericans—thats 7,000 every school day—are droppingout of high school. In the middle, too many Americanchildren float from grade to grade in schools that neverchallenge them to reach their full potential….This isunjust, unsustainable and un-American. And it isespecially galling because we have the technology tochange it‖.SOURCE:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203914304576631100415237430.html
The Charter School MovementFirst charter school founded in1991 in Minnesota, 1993 inMassachusetts, 1995 in NewHampshireIn 2011 Maine became the 41ststate to embrace charterschools5,500 charter schoolsnationwide.Baxter Academy will beMaine’s 3rd charter school ifallowed to open in Portland inSeptember 2013
Political opposition to charter school approval in Maine remains strong
The need for more STEM Education in Southern Maine http://www.techmaine.com/technology-jobs
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 inFalmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Scarborough, and Windham have all seen enrollment increases inrecent 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
10,000 High School Aged Students in Greater Portland Portland South Portland Westbrook Scarborough Topsham Freeport Gorham Windham
Our MissionBaxter Academy for Technology and Science will be arigorous, college-preparatory high school promoting studentownership of learning through curriculum focused specifically onscience, technology, engineering and math (STEM). BaxterAcademy students will study complex, real world problems, usingand building technological tools in a collaborative environmentwith scientists, engineers and other professionals. BaxterAcademy will set high expectations for all students, develop socialresponsibility, promote innovation and creativity, and producegraduates with a 21st century global perspective.
Our 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 inscience, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We will offer achallenging college-preparatory curriculum featuring outstanding andinnovative teachers. Our teachers will help guide students to bepassionate, self-directed learners by engaging their intellect and encouragingtheir imaginations by embracing technology-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.
Our 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
Unique Education Plan1:1 Laptops with the Google ChromebookGoogle Apps and Online Digital PortfoliosIndividualized Learning Plans for Every StudentChinese Language & Culture ProgramFriday Schedule with Flex TimeEmphasis on Building Character & TeamworkSenior Capstone ProjectsJunior Internships with a STEM focusExtensive use of Digital Books and Media
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.
Harvard University Charter School Program• Examine elements of high-performing charter schools• Explore issues of scale-up that support positive outcomes for students• Address topics of internal accountability that enhance student learning• Allocate human and financial resources to build organizational capacity• Devise a theory of action for working effectively with charter boards, external agencies and constituencies
How can you help? Baxter Academy is at a critical crossroads, no start-up money was provided in the Maine charter school legislation. Our school needs to raise $250,000 in start-up money from businesses, foundations and individuals. All donations are fully tax deductible as a 501(c)(3) charitable contribution. Sponsor a STEM classroom. We are offering 5 year naming opportunities for our Student Center, Chemistry Lab, Biology Lab, Physics Lab, Robotics and Engineering Lab and Computer Lab. Donations to support operations at 54 York Street Portland, Maine. Donations to support our after-school enrichment program, and other future programs including a ―Rooftop Science Station‖. Be informed and speak up in support of charter schools.