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Monday, April 21, 2014

Baltimore City Public Schools

There is real momentum underway in Baltimore City Public Schools, a district of 85,000 students, 10,000 employees and 195 schools and programs. In 2007, City Schools launched an aggressive reform effort to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college, career training and life success in the 21st century. This work is guided by priorities set by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

In 2013-14, City Schools' focus on the work of teachers and students in the classroom intensifies, as the district advances its efforts to ensure that all students receive the excellent teaching and learning they need to succeed. This year, City Schools

  • Is implementing new curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  • Is expanding its systems to ensure effective instruction and leadership across the district, starting with a new evaluation for teachers
  • Is designing the first round of modern, high-quality school buildings it will provide for all school communities under its 21st-Century Buildings Plan
  • Will overlay all of this with opportunities and supports for students that contribute to a rich and well-rounded educational experience

Together, these efforts present a unique opportunity for City Schools students to stretch and grow, and for the adults charged with guiding and supporting their growth to reach and stretch, too. The work of City Schools is rooted in high expectations for everyone.

City Schools has done the hard work to prepare for this next phase of reform, as reflected in the work of the last six years. This work, and a grounding in the few simple truths about City Schools students, will guide the district’s success moving forward. City Schools students

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For an overview of City Schools’ reform trajectory, see this presentation.

Other key highlights:

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To learn more about our students and our schools, visit Great Kids Up Close.

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