Educational Model

Every Child Can Learn

We believe that if the child hasn’t learned, the teacher hasn’t taught properly. When teachers have effective tools, proper training, and ongoing support, they can prepare every child for success in college, career, and life.

Education fads come and go; but BCP focuses on identifying and implementing proven strategies. We have stayed true to our principles and held onto the programs that work. Over the past two decades, we have identified or created a variety of effective educational programs—put them into practice and refined them.

We value high-quality teaching over high-stakes testing. Research shows that high-stakes testing does not support great teaching. Instead, it often leads to a narrowing of the curriculum; teaching to tests, and, in some cases, cheating by educators. This deprives children of the rich education they deserve.

 

Safe schools. Classroom management is one of the biggest challenges facing new teachers. BCP Schools use CHAMPS, a program that helps teachers use a proactive and positive plan to teach students how to meet expectations in school. BCP also supports all teachers with a consistent development program that includes a summer training institute, regular in-class, and a “novice teacher think tank.”

We believe in honest, rigorous assessment. The Direct Instruction reading and language arts programs assess students every five to 10 lessons to make sure they are on track. BCP leadership and school-based academic coaches meet weekly to pour over student data to determine where additional support may be needed and to identify opportunities for acceleration. The Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress is administered at least twice a year to measure and analyze student growth.

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It has been an exciting few weeks for City Springs Elementary / Middle full of awards, honors and activitie. Please help City Springs continue to provide the programs and services that support outstanding students and teachers by donating at: www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/city-springs

City Springs Teachers Elena Gagnier Simmons and Dorothy Glewwe were two of the the top 10 semi-finalists for the 2018 Baltimore City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award.

City Springs Elementary / Middle School student Tajma Burnside was selected to receive the The Baltimore City Youth Commission "We Are the Dream" Award. This award honors civically engaged youth under the age of 25 from Baltimore City, who emulate Dr. King's dream and passion for empowering and uplifting the community.

Principal Rhonda Richetta gave a presentation on Restorative Practices at the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts the Courts’ Tenth Annual Urban Child Symposium: Restorative Practices and the Urban Child: Rethinking School Discipline on April 4, 2018 the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. City Springs 5th grader, Cavoi, closed out the Symposium by leading attendees in a mindfulness breathing exercise.

The Maryland State Senate passed a resolution on April 5, 2018 to recognize City Springs Elementary/Middle School teacher Wyatt Oroke for his "dedication and commitment to education through empathy, critical thinking and social justice while fundraising for the victims of Hurricane Harvey."

City Springs Elementary / Middle Academic Coaches Stacey Hicks, Jenae Toulson, and Tiffany Key provided their second training for Hopkins students who volunteer at City Springs at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School on April 6, 2016. They trained students in reading intervention strategies (Step Up and Duet Reading; gave an overview of Direct Instruction (DI); showed a video on how students learn to read using the DI curriculum; and provided a synopsis of Singapore math.

EduLab@LightCity kicked off on April 18th with Atman Smith and Ali Smith of the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in conversation with Rhonda Richetta, Principal of City Springs Elementary/Middle School, moderated by Karen Webber of Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
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Another Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? has come and gone. The teams tied, allowing the adults to leave with their dignity intact. Thank you to Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelis, Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, WYPR's Tom Hall, BCP Founder Muriel Van Dusen Berkeley and Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP Partner Stuart Simms for competing! Thank you to our sponsors: McGraw-Hill Education, Venable LLP, Brown Advisory, WYPR, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, Congressional Bank, Coppermine Fieldhouse, Executive Insurance Benefits, EY, Gerry's Tire and Automotive Service, Jmore, Summit Business Technologies, T. Rowe Price, Pompeian, MDmojo, MECU of Baltimore, Leonard Paper Company, and The Children's Bookstore. ... See MoreSee Less

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Remember when Mr. O appeared on the The Ellen Show? Help us prepare more Baltimore Curriculum Project teachers like Mr. O for the classroom by making a gift at: www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/newteachers?modified=1?modified=1

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Looking forward to seeing Muriel Berkeley compete in Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? tomorrow at 6:15pm at City Springs Elementary / Middle. There are still a few tickets left at bcp.givezooks.com/events/are-you-smarter-than-a-bcp-5th-grader-2018

Muriel Berkeley was the founding president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) which operates five Baltimore City charter schools that serve every family in their zoned neighborhoods. She founded BCP in 1996 and retired from BCP in 2012.

Berkeley taught for most of her career: in elementary school classrooms in North Hanover Township, New Jersey and Baltimore City; in middle school classrooms in Baltimore City; and in undergraduate and graduate school classrooms at Goucher College, Towson University and George Washington University. Berkeley earned a BA in Social Relations at Radcliffe College, Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Social Relations at the Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, Berkeley serves on the Advisory Board of Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), and the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).

Commissioner Berkeley was appointed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in 2015. She serves as a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee.
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Congratulations to City Springs Elementary / Middle School Teachers Elena Gagnier Simmons and Dorothy Glewwe on being two of the the top 10 semi-finalists for the 2018 Baltimore City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award! ... See MoreSee Less

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BCP is proud to have been an educational partner for WE Day Baltimore. A number of BCP partners were educational partners for WE Day including Art with a Heart, Baltimore City Public Schools, Child First Authority, Living Classrooms Foundation, Middle Grades Partnership and Maryland State Department of Education. #WEDay ... See MoreSee Less

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And so ends an amazing #WEDay Baltimore. Thank you WEMovement for making BCP, City Springs Middle/Elementary School Frederick Elementary School Hampstead Hill Academy and Wolfe Street Academy a part of it! ... See MoreSee Less

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City Springs Elementary / Middle Teacher Wyatt Oroke speaks at #WEDay Baltimore WeMovement ... See MoreSee Less

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