Our SIG Schools:
Bridgeport Public Schools is please to announce some encouraging modifications that will be implemented across the District for the 2010-2011 school year specifically targeting Barnum Elementary School, Bassick High School and Harding High School. The three schools involved in the initiative were identified by the State Department of Education as being amongst the lowest performing schools in Connecticut.
Following state mandate, and after addressing the issues in numerous forums including public meetings, the Bridgeport Board of Education voted to approve new school improvement intervention models for three (3) District schools. Further, the State Board of Education has reviewed the District's SIG plan and has awarded us the School Improvement Grant. We are instituting the Restart and Transformation models, detailed below, at the aforementioned designated sites.
The changes will result in a new organizational structure for the schools as well as increased flexibility for the curriculum. They will lead the way to more creative approaches to learning. This presents us with a brilliant platform for positive change.
The plan was developed by administrative staff in tandem with Cooperative Educational Services and will be implemented according to design.
The following schools have been selected to implement the Transformation Model:
Bassick High School
Barnum Elementary School
The Transformation Model is one in which the LES replaces the principal, implements a meticulous staff evaluation and development system, institutes comprehensive instructional reform, increases learning time and applies community-oriented school strategies, and provides greater operational flexibility and support for the school.
- The principal who led the school prior to the commencement of the transformation model is replaced.
- Teachers and principal evaluations are liked to student performance.
- Rewards leaders, teachers, and staff who improve student achievement and graduation rates. This may include financial incentives, opportunities for advancement, and flexible work conditions. Under-performing staff can be removed.
- Provides high qualitiy professional development.
- Uses data to implement research-based and differentiated instruction.
- Allows for increased learning time.
- Provides increased family and community involvement.
- Promotes operational flexibility in areas such as staffing, calendar time, and budgeting.