PUBLICLY-FUNDED ALTERNATIVE TO FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Even people whose households don't include children will tell you they're as concerned as parents, grandparents and other caregivers about the quality of local public schools. They know that when a community's schools fail our children, they fail the entire community.
Known originally as the St. George Community Charter School, the proposed alternative school was renamed the Barack Obama Community Charter School, to celebrate the election of America's first truly multicultural president and to honor the ideas and values that his presidency represents.
Now--within a clearly defined scope and time frame--you can put your skills as an educator to work on a volunteer project for the proposed Barack Obama Community Charter School--a project that benefits your community immediately and directly.
NEEDED RIGHT NOW: Teachers able to write standards-aligned curriculum crosswalks for Science 3, 4, 5; Math 3, 4, 5; Social Studies K-5; and Physical Education.
Your contribution, while unpaid, will be welcomed, honored and formally recognized. For more information, please contact Ellen Icolari at email@example.com.
(Photo by Jennifer Westmoreland)
PROFILE OF THE (PROPOSED)
BARACK OBAMA COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
The following statement was prepared by the charter school team. I have reordered but not rewritten that statement:
Many of the schools on Staten Island's north shore have been included in the state's list of underperforming schools--and schools in need of improvement--for many years. We aim to create an educational alternative where all children, regardless of their background, home language or life challenges can perform well in school.
The education program is based on our belief that the promise every child is born with is best nurtured in a supportive learning environment that offers a rigorous academic curriculum and a broad range of experiences, opportunities and support for learning.
We will focus on academic excellence in an environment where teachers, administrators and parents work together to create an academic community that improves educational outcomes through supportive relationships and a focus on accomplishing our goals.
We expect to open in September, 2010, with 100 students--two kindergarten and two first-grade classes. The school will be open to all Staten Island students in grades K to 8, though we expect the majority will come from homes in the north shore communities on either side of the St. George ferry terminal.
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