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February Newsletter

Transformative Journey: Baltimore City Public Schools’ Continuous Improvement in Literacy

In 2018, the Fund proudly supported Baltimore City Public Schools in securing funding for its first continuous improvement (CI) project focused on improving 8th and 9th grade on-track outcomes in literacy. Amiee Winchester, Director of Continuous Improvement, and Zachary Jaffe, Manager – Continuous Improvement, provide valuable insights into the approach, challenges faced, and promising results of the district’s continuous improvement efforts in literacy.

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Announcing the Heart of the School Awards Top Ten!

The Heart of the Schools, the principal-centered program of the Fund for Educational Excellence, was thrilled to receive an astounding 1,340 nominations for 117 City Schools principals for this year’s Heart of the School Awards–the highest number to date! It was truly inspiring to read examples of exceptional leadership throughout our city, shared by students, teachers, parents, partners, and fellow City Schools principals.

After reviewing the nominations, our Selection Committee has chosen the following principals as the 2024 Top 10. The feedback from their school communities indicates the significant and positive influence each principal has had on their students, staff, and communities while cultivating an engaging and supportive school culture.

In the coming weeks, we will reveal the five 2024 Heart of the School Award Winners and five Honorees, selected from these distinguished principals. Stay tuned!

Join the celebration at the Hippodrome Theatre on May 22, as we honor the exemplary leadership and significant contributions of this year’s Top 10. Our guests consistently tell us that this is one of the most uplifting nights of their year – purchase your tickets today!

Tickets Now Available

Amplifying Student Voices: Baltimore City Public Schools’ CEO Student Cabinet

Discover how City Schools’ CEO Student Cabinet empowers students to drive meaningful change within their educational system. Through this initiative, co-facilitated by the Fund’s Kwane Wyatt and the district’s Haley Tilt, students engage in participatory action research, advise on critical issues and present findings to district leadership.

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Of Note:
Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • The Fund commends the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration for launching the Office of Customer Experience and Customer Experience Dashboard. This new department will integrate performance management data, rider experience studies, and real-time information—data tracked via the dashboard tool—with the goal of creating impactful improvements for public transit riders. A key recommendation from our 2021 NOT IN SERVICE report called on the MTA to make more data available to the public through the dashboard on its website. Communication, transparency, and accountability are integral in building trust with transit riders, and we see this as big step in the right direction. Learn more, here.
  • Looking for fun activities for your kids during Spring Break? Check out Baltimore City’s Spring Break Camps coming to a rec center near you! Camps run from March 25-28, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Register today so that your kids can experience Spring Break with Rec & Parks! Learn more, here.
  • Calling all middle school & high school families! Join City Schools on Wednesday, March 8 for the Let’s Get H.Y.P.E.D. event at Forest Park High School! This free event will offer resources to help City Schools’ students and families prepare for college and career planning. Register, here.
  • With a Heart of the School Fund grant, Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School utilized funding for their robotics program. The Heart of the Schools interviewed robotics coach, Ms. Amata, to learn more about the program as well as recent and upcoming competitions. Read the full grantee spotlight, here.

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