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Presentation on theme: "The African American Young Men of Promise Initiative (AAYMPI) Website at: www.tinyurl.com/aaympi Materials at www.tinyurl.com/aaympi-si-13www.tinyurl.com/aaympiwww.tinyurl.com/aaympi-si-13."— Presentation transcript:

1 The African American Young Men of Promise Initiative (AAYMPI) Website at: Materials at Michigan Department of Education The Office of Education Improvement and Innovation Office of Career and Technical Education March 12, 2014

2 Focus: Turning Action into Results 1.Using our past to inform the future 2.Developing a fresh look to bring enthusiasm 3.Shifting perception creates a new reality

3 Achievement Gap – An MDE Priority

4 Mission and Priorities MISSION: All students graduate ready for careers, college, and community. MDE PRIORITY 1: Close achievement gaps in reading and math, with an initial focus on African-American young men for whom data show are Michigan’s persistently lowest achieving student group. ACTIVITY 1.2 Continue internal professional learning community discussions on achievement gaps among all student groups through June ACTIVITY 1.3 Initiate and support a social networking dialogue about best practices for reducing achievement gaps in reading and math for all student groups, with an initial focus on African-American young men by November ACTIVITY 1.4 Collect and disseminate best practices for reducing achievement gaps to all school districts and Educator Preparation Institutions by January ACTIVITY 1.6 Implement the statewide plan and evaluate its impact on the achievement gap for African- American young men, as well as other student groups in school years ACTIVITY 1.7 Design, conduct, and evaluate pilots for schools that target interventions to close the achievement gap for African-American young men in reading and math by August ACTIVITY 1.8 Disseminate the findings, strategies, and tools from the pilots that successfully closed the achievement gap to all Michigan schools to apply to all their student groups with gaps, such as Latinos, students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged.

5 Achievement Gap – Background Achievement Gap Work in Committees  Research  Data  Messaging  Architects  Format  Brown Bag PLCs Overall Results  Identified 12 Overall Areas to Address at State-Level  Identified 4 Strategies for Schools,  Led to 2 Achievement Gap Pilot Studies, 2013 and  State Board of Education declared that closing the Achievement Gap for African American Young Men of Promise is a Priority

6 AAYMPI Interventions – Part 1 Research & Pre-Pilot AAYMPI Initiative STEP 3 Student Voice Program Community Voice Metrics for Change Summary & Q/A Intentional Instructional Practices

7 AAYMPI Interventions – Part 1 Intentional Instructional Practices Climate and Culture Strategies CAP Program What are the origins of Intentional Instructional Practices?

8 When Standards, Instruction, and Culture intersect we’ll see… Intentional Instructional Practices Curriculum with Higher Cognitive Demand (Increased Rigor) and Career and College Ready Characteristics Lessons that Address appropriate grade level standards and Include content relevant to student lives Teaching that is engaging, culturally responsive, and provides for experiential learning

9 Four (4) Intentional Instruction Practices

10 AAYMPI Interventions – Part 2 Climate and Culture Strategies Intentional Instructional Practices CAP Program What are the origins of Climate and Culture Strategies?

11 Five (5) Climate and Culture Strategies

12 AAYMPI Interventions – Part 3 CAP Program Climate and Culture Strategies Intentional Instructional Practices What are the origins of the College Ambition Program?

13 AAYMPI Interventions – Part 3 The College Ambition Program Website

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16 Intentional Instructional Practice Contact Information Brandy Archer Content Literacy Consultant Jill Griffin Urban/Math Education Consultant

17 Climate and Culture Strategies Contact Information Gloria ChapmanZena Lowe School Reform Officer/ConsultantEd. Consultant Kazee, Lauren (MDE) Mental Health Consultant

18 “Shapely” Choose a shape that best represents you As a group spend 1-2 minutes discussing these questions: 1. Why did you choose this shape? 2. How does the shape represent you? 3. What is your best guess about the attributes of the shape you have chosen? * Be prepared to share group findings

19 The Shape of Things to Come Square – hard worker, dependable, detail oriented; collector of data, likes to work independently Triangle – upwardly mobile, shows leadership qualities, energetic, task and result oriented Rectangle – in transition, can’t decide what shape it wants to be; explorer, risk-taker Circle – interested in harmony, wants people to feel good about themselves; nurturer, people pleaser Squiggle – innovative, unique, can be a bit disorganized, multi-tasker; likes several things going on at once

20 AAYMPI Community: All Shapes CAP Program Climate and Culture Strategies Intentional Instructional Practices There’s one fundamental way that we support all these interventions… Community! (=> building right connections) The EduGuide Team Forums

21 Professional Learning Community Ensure that learning occurs (data, information, knowledge, understanding, wisdom (operative in worldview) Be collaborative – teams (two-four) that work via cycle of questions to analyze and improve practice Focus on results (effective practice)

22 The big “Aha” A professional learning community’s ultimate mission is to actively advocate for the enactment of the common good/value of education for all citizens (students). 1. systems 2. structures 3. policies 4. practices

23 Connecting With Educators # Date (last Wed) Topics 1 Sept :30am Literary Strategies for AA Young Men 2 Oct :30am Importance of High Expectations 3 Dec :30am AA Young Men's’ Learning Styles 4 Jan :30am Hip Hop Pedagogy 5 March :30am Eliminating Deficit Thinking 6April :30am Parental Involvement MSU Webinar

24 Let’s talk about Community for a sec

25 Connecting With Communities The Community Voice Research & Pre-Pilot AAYMPI Initiative Instructional Practices and Climate and Culture Interventions Student Voice STEP 5 Metrics for Change Summary & Q/A

26 Connecting With Communities Community

27 OptionsGoalContact PBSInform larger community about the Initiative and its importance SRO Office FriendsRecommendations of strategies that a school/district could adopt with suggestions for funding to eliminate the achievement gap SRO/OEII Offices STExpectations for enactment OEII Office Community

28 Connecting With Communities Participate in a Webinar: Access Code: # ================= MSU Webinars Website For more info, contact Ted Ransaw

29 Connecting thru Student Voice Student Voice Program Research & Pre-Pilot AAYMPI Initiative Instructional Practices and Climate and Culture Interventions STEP 4 Community Voice Metrics for Change Summary & Q/A

30 Discussion of Student Voice Four Main Insight Areas: 1) “Relationships are primary…” 2) Professional Development 3) Schools Structures 4) Culture

31 Connecting All The Points Research & Pre-Pilot AAYMPI Initiative Instructional Practices and Climate and Culture Interventions Student Voice Program Community Voice STEP 6 Summary & Q/A Metrics for Change Use of Outside Partners  Harvard Strategic Data Program Fellows (Build metrics)  American Institutes for Research (Collect and analyze data) Goal: Validate all the processes in closing the Achievement Gap

32 What We have Learned So Far… There are significant historical and social structural/organizational barriers to the work that require changes Resource allocation (time, money, people) changes are necessary High expectations are espoused but low expectations are the norm (asset v. deficit thinking) Race (more than poverty) is an issue that must be addressed Experienced leadership (or leadership support) is necessary due to substantive nature of problems

33 New Population Statistics MI gained 13, 103 residents from MI population is 9,895,622 MI has 3.13% of US population 9 th largest state Out migration is 11, 051 people 113, 202 births with 88,718 deaths

34 Students in Michigan (2014) Michigan Public Schools:4,126 Number of Students:1,745,308 Michigan Elementary Schools:2,158 Michigan Middle Schools:659 Michigan High Schools:687 Number of Male Students:898,600 Number of Female Students:843,428 Asian-Pacific Islander Students:37,867 American Indian-Alaskan Students:17,380 Black Students:348,353 Hispanic Students:70,261 White Students:1,268,167 Michigan Public School Statistics

35 Michigan Merit Curriculum 4 – ELA 4 – Mathematics 3 - Science 3 – Social Studies 1 – Phys. Ed. and Health 1 – VAPA Online Experience 2- Language other than English

36 NCES: Trends in CTE Coursetaking

37 HS Grads Earning Credit

38 MI Costs: School to Prison Pipeline Approximately 93,000 young people are held in juvenile justice facilities across the US 2,115 of these youth are held in MI state- funded, postadjudication, residential facilities Average US costs of $ per day; MI costs $391 per day Total MI total costs per day $827, days = $302,019,779,25

39 MI Costs: AA Unemployment Unemployment rate for African Americans tops in nation, more than double the state’s white rate, EPI researchers find that the African American unemployment rate in Michigan reached 18.7 percent— nearly one in five of the state’s black workers—in the fourth quarter of 2012, about two-and-a-half times that of the white unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. Is 4.7 percentage points higher than the national black unemployment rate of 14 percent Is ranked highest among the 24 states with large enough black populations to measure unemployment. Michigan’s white unemployment rate was ninth highest in the nation. (Retrieved from

40 TWO STRATEGIES: Assets and Cultural Relevancy

41 Asset v. Deficit Thinking Listen: Hip Hop Pedagogy – international voice of the oppressed Understand relationship between truancy suspensions, dropouts, and unemployment Dropouts 1. (17 days missed per year in grades 1-7) 2. 11% of MI high school students per year (10-12K students)

42 Cultural Competency Using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences and performance style of student to make learning appropriate and effective Engaging student using multiple means of presentation Connecting new learning to prior knowledge Including diverse cultural representations and perspectives Using multiple means to assess studen tknowledge

43 Summary… Research & Pre-Pilot AAYMPI Initiative Instructional Practices and Climate and Culture Interventions Student Voice Program Community Voice Metrics for Change STEP 7 Summary & Q/A  Lessons in AAYMPI that can be transferrable for schools  Webinars you can attend in Community Voice

44 It was our pleasure to meet with you today… Dr. Theresa Saunders Coordinator of AAYMPI Thank you!!


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