BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021???

“A place for children to learn”

June 20, 2018

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BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021???

“A place for children to learn”

SCIENCE

TECHNOLOGY

ROBOTICS

READING

ENGINEERING

THE ARTS

MATHEMATICS

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BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

“A place for children to learn”

Beginning with the end in mind!

Our mission satisfies South Carolina’s Charter School Act and it aligns with the mission of the South Carolina Public Charter School District. Our constructivist curriculum content is centered on teaching our at-promise scholar-leaders to read, while advancing our scholar-leaders to read to learn. Our focus is literacy in the core curriculum.

Our planning committee takes great pride in it’s desire and ability to create a learning environment in which demographic student groups, and individual students, which have historically underperformed academically in our traditional public schools will demonstrate academic growth as they matriculated through BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER.

As ordinary South Carolina citizens, from the very backgrounds of the students we seek to serve, we look forward to working with the SCPCSD to make a historic and significant difference in the lives of South Carolina’s children in Sumter County.

Title 59 - Education
CHAPTER 40
Charter Schools
SECTION 59-40-20. Purpose

(1) improve student learning

(2) increase learning opportunities for students

(3) encourage the use of a variety of productive teaching methods

(4) establish new forms of accountability for schools

(5) create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site

(6) assist South Carolina in reaching academic excellence

(7) create new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating children within the public school system, with the goal of closing achievement gaps between low performing student groups and high performing student groups

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

Meets the purpose of the law

Our Missions Align

The South Carolina Public Charter School District’s

Mission

To improve learning and increase learning opportunities in South Carolina through the creation of innovative, high quality charter schools. Ultimately, we strive to assist South Carolina in achieving academic excellence.

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER’S

Mission

To ensure the success of our students by providing children of all backgrounds, and ability levels, with access to rigorous academic instruction and expanded opportunities.

Organizational Chart

South Carolina Public Charter School District Board of Directors

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

Board of Directors

Charter Attorney

Executive Director

Special Education Advisor (Program Manager/

Lead Teacher)

Core Instructional Teachers

Fine Arts Consultant

Community Advisory Committee

Office Manager

Tutors

Independent Contractors

Volunteers

Planning Committee

Our planning committee is composed of ordinary South Carolina citizens from the very communities whose children have historically underperformed academically in the traditional public schools of South Carolina.

Chair, Dr. Gary Burgess

Vice Chair, Thelita Evans

Secretary, Marylyn Hammett

Treasurer, Twanna Maxfield

Ronald Bracey

Dr. Patricia Evans

LaTonya Hickmon

A PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN!

BRAG has identified a community facility to house its program.

1110 Florence Highway, Sumter

Once BRAG is sponsored, communities historically underserved academically by the traditional public school system (communities of color and communities in poverty) will see hope for their children’s education. The sponsorship will serve as the primary catalyst to populate the school.

Academic Strength Conditioning

Our students will be placed in academically rigorous programs when they enter pre-school, and remain in those programs through elementary school, in order to be academically conditioned for Honors, AP, IB and rigorous Technology and Early College programs as they matriculate through school and move into careers. Our learning environment will ensure that our students will be able to demonstrate academic competence on local, state and national assessments.

In traditional public schools students from demographic groups which have historically underperformed academically are screened out of quality academic programs in preschool and tested out of Gifted and Talented Programs in elementary school; subsequently, they are not academically conditioned for Honors, AP, IB and/or rigorous Technology and Early College Programs as they matriculate through school and move into careers. These students are placed in low quality academic programs with the promise of “catching up”, only to remain in low quality remedial programs throughout their entire school career.

Constructivist Theory

Model of Learning

This theory posits that humans create their own understanding of the world as they interact with the world.

The Constructivist Theory frames and fuels the curriculum content of BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUE OFSUMTER, with reading as the central focus and effective instruction (strategies, tactics, tools, and practices) delivering the curriculum content (science, technology, robotics, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) to be learned by the learner.

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The following four slides are various representations of BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITTUE OF SUMTER’S Constructivist Model of Learning.

Science

Constructivism

Curriculum Content

Instruction

Constructivism

Curriculum Content

Instruction

Constructivism

Curriculum Content

Instruction

Constructivism

Curriculum Content

Instruction

Technology

Robotics

Engineering

The Arts

Mathematics

READING

Is Elementary

Learning

Invitational

* Smart

Goals

Engineering

In loco

Parentis

Team

Teaching

Virtual

Reality

*Smartest

Pedagogy

Fluid

Advanced

Remediation

Computer Assisted

Instruction

Mastery

Learning

Tactics ?

Other

Reading in the

Content area

*Smart Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely

*Smartest: Supportive, Meaningful, Applicable, Rationale,

Thorough, Enriched, Sensible- Teaching

Nothing is more practical than a good theory. Constructivism frames the curriculum content as instruction delivers the content (using a plurality of strategies, tactics, tools, and practices) to be learned by the students.

Reading

Science

Technology

Robotics

Mathematics

The Arts

Engineering

Curriculum

Content

Curriculum

Content

Constructivism

Constructivism

Constructivism

Constructivism

Instruction

Instruction

Science

Technology

Mathematics

READING

Engineering

The Arts

READING

READING

READING

Curriculum

Curriculum

Content

Content

Constructivism

Constructivism

Constructivism

Constructivism

Instruction

Instruction

Robotics

Science Technology Robotics READING Engineering The Arts Mathematics

Curriculum Content

Constructivism

Constructivism

Constructivism

Constructivism

Instruction

Why a Charter School?

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) INSTITUTE OF SUMTER, organized by ordinary South Carolinians on an extraordinary quest to educate South Carolina’s children, is a sensible investment for the citizens of South Carolina. Giving more of our children hope for a respectable future; thereby, moving South Carolina forward in our globally competitive world. It is our choice- continue to spend billions of dollars on welfare programs and incarceration, or invest in their future, our future, by providing them with a quality education in environments tailored to meet their unique academic and social needs. BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTUE OF SUMTER has made the choice to advance our state. Our personnel will understand their in loco parentis status.

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Why a Charter School?

South Carolina’s Profile of a 21st Century Graduate

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

WILL MOVE SOUTH CAROLINA TOWARD THIS GOAL

World Class Knowledge

Rigorous standards in

language arts and math for

career and college readiness

• Multiple languages, science,

technology, engineering,

mathematics (STEM), arts and

social sciences

World Class Skills

Creativity and innovation

• Critical thinking and problem

solving

• Collaboration and teamwork

• Communication, information, media

and technology

• Knowing how to learn

Life and Career Characteristics

• Integrity

• Self-direction

• Global perspective

• Perseverance

• Work ethic

• Interpersonal skills

GOALS & ASSESSMENTS

Our academic goals will be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART)

Individual student assessment scores for each student entering

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

will be used as the student’s baseline to measure individual student achievement.

It is expected that each student’s assessment scores will increase annually.

 Why a Charter School?

There are several data points including assessment data which demonstrate a need for new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating children in Sumter County. The 2017 results on the ACT, administered statewide, are one datum point- those results reflect a need for innovative pedagogy in kindergarten, primary school, and elementary school. The results on this assessment, near the end of the student’s junior year in high school for students of color and students in poverty, reveal a startling lack of academic preparedness for college and/or a career among those students in their early childhood, preschool, and elementary school education programs. Statewide, approximately 9 out of 10 Hispanic students are not college and/or career ready, 9 out of 10 Black students, and 8 out of 10 students in poverty in the areas of English, Math, Reading and Science. In the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Assessment (STEM) on the ACT, statewide, students of color and students in poverty lack of readiness for college and/or a career, range from 96.3% for Hispanic students to 99.1% for Black students. The results on the ACT, for those demographic groups, are mirrored in Sumter County with the exception of 100% of Black and disabled students in STEM at Sumter High, 99.5%of Black students at Crestwood High, and 100% of Black, Hispanic, students in poverty and disabled students in STEM at Lakewood High, are neither college or career ready.

ACT 2017

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Demographic Group Score

NR- Not Ready

R- Ready

 State

Sumter

High

Crestwood High

 Lakewood

High

Assessment Category

NR

R

NR

R

NR

R

NR

R

Hispanic

96.3

3.7

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92.3

7.7

100

0.0

Black

99.1

0.9

100

0.0

99.5

0.5

100

0.0

Students in Poverty

97.7

2.3

99.7

0.3

98.2

1.8

100

0.0

White

88.3

11.7

97.0

3.0

95.8

4.2

99.0

1.0

Non Students in Poverty

87.2

12.8

98.1

1.9

96.0

4.0

98.7

1.3

Note: Most of these students have been in school at least 13 years when they take the ACT.

One sample table from the ACT Student Assessment Data in the application

Why a Charter School?

Another assessment datum point which demonstrates a need for new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating children in Sumter County are the results on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY). SCREADY measures outcomes in English Language Arts and Mathematics of students in grades three through eight. In the Sumter County Schools, in some cases, 50.7.% of Black students, and 66.7% of students in poverty, are in the category of “Does Not Meet Expectations”. Additionally, in many cases white students, and students not in poverty, are eight times more likely to be in the category of “Exceeds Expectations” than their Black and Hispanic peers. Also, in some cases at Crosswell Drive, Black students, as a demographic group are not in the category of “Exceeds Expectations”, while white students always appeared in that category, as a demographic disaggregate group when their numbers met the criteria (10 students) to be considered a statistical group.

Why a Charter School?

An additional datum point which establishes the need for new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children in Sumter County is the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS), which measures outcomes in Science and Social Studies of students in grades four through eight. In some cases 50.9% of Black students, 43.9.% of Black students and 38.5% of students in poverty, are in the category of “Does Not Meet Expectations” or “Not Met”. Additionally, in many cases white students and students not in poverty, are six times more likely to be in the category of “Exceeds Expectations” or “Exemplary”, than their Black peers and three times more likely to be in that category than their Hispanic peers and their peers in poverty.

Additionally, the results of special needs students on national and state assessments establishes the need for new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children in Sumter County. The results on the ACT, SC PASS and SC READY demonstrate that these students need additional academic support. In some cases these students are not likely, as a demographic group or as individuals, to be college or career ready or to “exceed expectations”. For example, at Sumter High School no disabled students were college or career ready as measured by the ACT’s STEM assessment. On SC Ready, in 3rd grade on the Social Studies assessment, as many as 9 out of 10 special needs students are likely not to meet standard in the districts’ schools. In the 5h grade, in ELA on SC Ready, no disabled students “exceeded expectations”.

Why a Charter School?

Serving Students with Special Needs

Hire

A Special Education Advisor

Comply

IDEA

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

The American with Disabilities Act

Other regulations

Insure

Special needs students are in the least restrictive environment

Develop Individual Education Plans

All staff is trained

Coordinate

SC Department of Education

Office of Special Education Services

Synchronize

Sumter School District

Other Agencies

BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER

“A place for children to learn”

Beginning with the end in mind!

Our mission satisfies South Carolina’s Charter School Act and it aligns with the mission of the South Carolina Public Charter School District. Our constructivist curriculum content is centered on teaching our at-promise scholar-leaders to read, while advancing our scholar-leaders to read to learn. Our focus is literacy in the core curriculum.

Our planning committee takes great pride in it’s desire and ability to create a learning environment in which demographic student groups, and individual students, which have historically underperformed academically in our traditional public schools will demonstrate academic growth as they matriculated through BRAG LITERACY STRREAM INSTITUTE OF SUMTER.

As ordinary South Carolina citizens, from the very backgrounds of the students we seek to serve, we look forward to working with the SCPCSD to make a historic and significant difference in the lives of South Carolina’s children in Sumter County.

Contact me:


Gary L. Burgess, Sr.
braginstitute@gmail.com
drb.burgessgroup@bellsouth.net

864-760-3656

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