About BCP Charter
Knowledge Lessons Newsletter
BCP Coaches work one-on-one in the classroom to mentor teachers and model effective instruction. Once a week the BCP coaches meet to discuss student progress, teacher challenges, and overall school improvement.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES
BCP provides two professional development conferences and several day-long seminars for over 200 teachers each year. Principals determine their staff training needs and BCP customizes training to meet those needs. BCP also provides training that addresses areas identified by BCP coaches and leadership staff. View a list of past PD Conferences.
- SUMMER TRAINING INSTITUTE
Each summer BCP holds a one to two week Summer Training Institute for new and returning teachers. BCP provides training in both behavior management and academic instruction.
- DIRECT INSTRUCTION
Direct Instruction is a research-based comprehensive school reform model that consists of carefully scripted lessons, backed by texts and workbooks. It is supported by over 40 years of research and has been consistently rated as one of the most effective comprehensive school reform models.When implemented properly, students attain reading, writing, and math skills beyond their current grade level in a relatively short amount of time. BCP brought Direct Instruction to Baltimore City Schools in 1997.
For more information visit the National Institute for Direction Instruction at http://www.nifdi.org
CHAMPS is a research-based approach to behavior management that helps classroom teachers design (or fine tune) a proactive and positive classroom management plan that will overtly teach students how to behave responsibly. By following the effective, research-based practices outlined in CHAMPs, teachers develop methods for clearly communicating their expectations on every classroom activity and transition. BCP began using CHAMPS in 1996. For more information visit Safe and Civil Schools at: http://www.safeandcivilschools.com/
- RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
Restorative Practices is an integral part of the school culture at all BCP Schools and provides a constructive alternative to suspensions. Restorative practices provides a proactive approach for building a school community based on cooperation, mutual understanding, and respect. Restorative practices provides processes for holding students accountable for their actions and behavior while at the same time building a nurturing school environment. BCP implemented Restorative Practices in 2007 with the support of grants from OSI-Baltimore and the Goldsmith Family Foundation. For more information visit the International Institute for Restorative Practices at: http://www.iirp.edu/
- NWEA MAP Testing
Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progrrss (MAP) assessments are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. BCP began using MAP to measure student growth at each BCP schools in 2007. For more information visit Northwest Evaluation Association at: http://www.nwea.org/
- MIDDLE GRADES INITIATIVE
BCP is always working to find and develop curriculum resources for our middle grades teachers. Our goal is to combine well-designed materials with proven instructional techniques so that our middle grades students will master each learning unit before proceeding to a more advanced learning task.
- ASSESSMENT, RESEARCH AND DATA ANALYSIS
- BCP uses a number of tools to assess student, teacher, and school performance including the NWEA MAP assessment, Direct Instruction data, state test scores,
and classroom observation.
- BCP staff members stay abreast of the latest educational research and research-based strategies in order to identify effective programs for use in the schools.
- BCP has developed an in-house database to support data analysis.
BCP supports principals in all aspects of their job functions including hiring, staff management, problem solving, and professional development. BCP leadership schedules meetings with principals at least once a week.
BCP acts as a watchdog and advocates policies at the State
and City level, which will ensure equal access to a high-quality
education for all Baltimore City students. BCP is an active member of the Baltimore Education Coalition, the Coalition of Baltimore Charter Schools, and the Maryland Charter School Network.
BCP staff and principals regularly speak at educational conferences
around the country. We offer training to our partners and seek out opportunities to share best practices.
LEADING MINDS FORUMS
The Baltimore Curriculum Project’s Leading Minds Forums engage local stakeholders and national experts in discussions of cutting-edge educational issues. We convene these talks to influence policy and improve K-12 education.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND BACK OFFICE SUPPORTS
We provide an arrays of administrative and back office supports so that principals can spend less time mired in paperwork and more time serving as instructional leaders. Our services include: Financial Management, Accounting, Budgeting, Human Resources, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Liaison Services for schools with BCPS, Fundraising, Marketing/Communications, Partnership-Building, Legal Suport, Project Management, and other supports as necessary.