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  • A charter school is a community school. Its your school. Its our school. So take a minute and think about what is important to you. What do you want to your child’s school to provide? Here are some things that might be important to you. And here some items that we’ve thought are important. This is our charter school. It’s the communities. Having said that, we’ve put a lot of thought into what we think a charter school should look like and what the focus should be. So let us tell you what we’ve come up with. We are asking for your input and involvement so this is not set in stone, we will refine and develop this as needed. We have some good ideas but we aren’t so deluded that we think our ideas are the only way to go.
  • Charter schools have proven success with these programs
  • Lori and I attended a charter school conference last week. We attended a dozen or so sessions on how to start and run a charter school. The Colorado league and CDE are very willing to reach out. I met with the district last Monday and discussed how we can work together and what they want to see from us. Before we went public, we met with the principal here in Roxborough We’ve been talking with educators and teachers.
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    1. 2. Ben Franklin Academy Principles <ul><li>Individually focused </li></ul><ul><li>Academically excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced </li></ul>
    2. 3. Individual Focus <ul><li>Flexible cross grade ability groups will allow students to be challenged regardless of their ability </li></ul><ul><li>We will teach the students and let test scores follow </li></ul><ul><li>Parental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Regular individual assessment with consistent, measured follow up </li></ul>
    3. 4. Academic Excellence <ul><li>Core knowledge curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging environment </li></ul><ul><li>Rich language arts program </li></ul><ul><li>Strong social studies focus </li></ul><ul><li>Daily dose of science and math </li></ul><ul><li>Math, science, and social studies rotations </li></ul>
    4. 5. Balance <ul><li>We will not exchange childhood for academic achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Time spent on non-academic subjects is provided in a balanced fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Fitness, Music, Art and Nature components </li></ul><ul><li>Character development </li></ul><ul><li>Measured homework levels </li></ul>
    5. 6. Why Ben Franklin Academy? <ul><li>Ben Franklin was considered one of the last renaissance men </li></ul><ul><li>Started the library system </li></ul><ul><li>Inventor </li></ul><ul><li>Statesman </li></ul><ul><li>Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Soldier </li></ul><ul><li>Civic activist </li></ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Musician </li></ul><ul><li>13 virtues </li></ul><ul><li>Signatory of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution </li></ul>
    6. 7. 13 Virtues <ul><li>Temperance </li></ul><ul><li>Silence </li></ul><ul><li>Order </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Frugality </li></ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerity </li></ul><ul><li>Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Moderation </li></ul><ul><li>Cleanliness </li></ul><ul><li>Tranquility </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Humility </li></ul>
    7. 8. The Ben Franklin Academy Mission <ul><li>We focus on individual students by implementing cross grade ability groups, and by teaching the students and letting test scores follow.  We excel academically through a core knowledge curriculum with an emphasis in math and science. We recognize that an education is incomplete without fostering the arts, sports, nature, and character.  Indeed, we strive to develop young adults with character like America's founding renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin: well read, scientifically curious, and civically engaged.  </li></ul>
    8. 9. Location <ul><li>Charter schools typically start off in a strip mall, office park, warehouse, or in portables. </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Douglas County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Santa Fe around Titan & Town Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Titan parkway </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In three years build a permanent school </li></ul><ul><li>We’ve had conversations with the Sterling Ranch development </li></ul>
    9. 10. Why Ben Franklin Academy will be Successful <ul><li>We are modeling Ben Franklin Academy after charter schools with successful records and are consulting with the leaders of these schools. </li></ul><ul><li>We are utilizing resources of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Douglas County School District, and Colorado Department of Education. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular assessment with adjustment. </li></ul><ul><li>Charter schools are successful when parents are involved. </li></ul><ul><li>We are working with educators now. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Ben Franklin Academy Needs You <ul><li>The doors will open in August 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>336 students must be enrolled to make the school economically viable </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers serving 60 hours or more will receive priority enrollment for their children </li></ul>
    11. 12. Where Did Core Knowledge Come From? <ul><li>The Core Knowledge Sequence is a Kindergarten thru 8 th Grade Curriculum Developed by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>E.D. Hirsch, Jr. recognized the need for reform in education and gathered a group of scientists, educators, business leaders and parents to put together a sequence of information that all children should know. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our society cannot afford a two-tiered system in which the affluent have access to superior education, while everyone else is subjected to a dull and incoherent classroom experience. Academic excellence, educational equality and fairness demands a strong foundation of knowledge for all learners.” - E.D. Hirsch, Jr. </li></ul>
    12. 13. Cultural Literacy <ul><li>The Core Knowledge Curriculum is based in the idea of Cultural Literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Literacy is the idea “that even a diverse democratic society like ours has a common knowledge base that draws together its people while recognizing our differing contributions.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Core Knowledge Sequence is designed to teach this common store of well rounded background knowledge which equips our kids to better interpret and understand the world around them. </li></ul>
    13. 14. What is Core Knowledge? <ul><li>An established proven, coherent, cumulative and content-specific curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Students gain knowledge by building upon what they have already learned in previous grades. The Core Knowledge Curriculum clearly defines the knowledge and skills that students will master at each grade level. </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more about the Core Knowledge sequence check out E.D. Hirsch’s series of books, What your first-grader needs to know, etc .  </li></ul><ul><li>The Core Knowledge Institute also has an excellent and informative web site: . </li></ul>
    14. 15. Coherent <ul><li>Every child should learn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamentals of science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic principals of government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Important events in world history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential elements of mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widely acknowledged art and music from around the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories and poems passed down from generation to generation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Together these form the broad base of knowledge that our society is based on, allowing the child to be culturally literate. </li></ul>
    15. 16. Cumulative <ul><li>“ Core knowledge provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade so that knowledge, language and skills build cumulatively from year to year. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, it also helps prevent the repetitions and gaps that so often characterize current education. No more repeated units in multiple years on the rain forest, with little or no attention to the Bill of Rights, world geography or exposure to other cultures.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Core knowledge foundation </li></ul>
    16. 17. Content-specific <ul><li>“A typical state or district curriculum says, ‘Students will demonstrate knowledge of people, events, ideas and movements that contributed to the development of the United States.’ But which people and events? Which ideas and movements? The Core Knowledge sequence is distinguished by its specificity.” - Core knowledge foundation </li></ul>
    17. 18. Why I Love Core Knowledge <ul><li>It’s challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers focus on teaching not on content. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve seen the results. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know what a Luddite is? </li></ul><ul><li>Schools in Colorado that have implemented the Core Knowledge curriculum are successful (20%). </li></ul><ul><li>Reading not just for the sake of reading.  </li></ul><ul><li>No repeats.  </li></ul><ul><li>It works. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s structured. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents can follow along. </li></ul>
    18. 19. Ben Franklin Academy Online <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>We’re on Facebook, somewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @ BFANews </li></ul>
    19. 20. Proficient or Advanced on CSAPs (06-07)
    20. 21. CSAP Proficiency Reading (06-07)
    21. 22. CSAP Proficiency Writing (06-07)
    22. 23. CSAP Proficiency Math (06-07)
    23. 24. DCSD Growth and Achievement - Reading Northridge Platte River American Academy Parker Core Knowledge Stone Mountain
    24. 25. DCSD Growth and Achievement - Writing Northridge Platte River American Academy Parker Core Knowledge Stone Mountain
    25. 26. DCSD Growth and Achievement - Math Northridge Platte River American Academy Parker Core Knowledge Stone Mountain