The Norfolk (VA) Public School Board commissioned an independent study of the District’s Open Campus / Magic Johnson Bridgescape Program. The report, conducted by Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education, and the Center for Educational Partnerships determined that “overall the program is a success.”
Below are key findings from the Formative Evaluation of the Norfolk Public Schools’ Open Campus High School Program:
- The Norfolk Public Schools’ Open Campus High School (OCHS) program is intended to assist school drop-outs and overage-for-grade students earn a regular high school diploma in an alternative setting.
- OCHS offers two half-day sessions per day, during which students primarily participate in the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program, which provides computer-mediated and small group instruction. The Norfolk program is unique among its counterparts nationally in that the Bridgescape programs in other cities do not serve overage-for-grade students.
- The program provides a caring and supportive environment for students.
- Over 90% of students reported that they like attending OCHS, respect their teachers, and believe that their teachers care about them.
- The program was clearly most successful in serving students who were fairly close to achieving graduation at the time they dropped out of school. The students were also more motivated to engage in the program as evidenced by higher lesson completion rates.
- The core program model is responsive to the needs of the students being served.
- Students were motivated to enroll in the program for a number of reasons.
- They clearly desired a regular high school diploma versus other alternatives such as a GED.
- They strongly valued being able to work at their own pace, getting 1:1 assistance from teachers, flexible scheduling, and being able to see their own progress.
- Students mentioned community-based recruitment, program publicity on local news, and family encouragement as factors that influenced their decision to enroll.
- Individualization of learning and program structure provided important and effective supports for students. Self-pacing, intensive academic support from teachers, scaffolded curricula, careful progress monitoring, and selective curricular focus were identified as effective strategies for individualizing learning.
- Helpful structural elements included flexible scheduling, a small environment, and provision of wrap-around services. Students exhibited positive self-expectations, including a strong expectation that they could indeed graduate and positive and realistic perceptions of their own progress in the program.
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk Public School board members got the results of a study done on one of its new schools. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, also known as the open campus opened a year ago. It was created to increase the division’s high school graduation rate.
On Wednesday night, the board reviewed the nearly 100 page report that outlined the school’s successes and needs for improvement. The report, done by an independent agency, shows that overall the program is a success. However, there are some problems like combining students who are over age for grade and students that have already dropped out of school. School leaders say the findings will help them make future changes.
The open campus is already in its second year and it’s director says the program is needed. “It’s a great year. The year that started, it has started off well with 150 students and a waiting list,” said Director Daun Hester. “Students are excited and we are excited about having them.”
Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Thornton says the school will continue to be funded in this budget.
Dr. Tommy Chang (l), Superintendant of the Boston Public Schools talks with Emeka Nti (r) and Curtiss Stancil (center) of EdisonLearning in the above photo.
At the Council of the Great City Schools conference on October 10, 2015, in Long Beach, CA, superintendants from the nation's largest urban school districts learned abou how the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program can help reduce the graduation gap in their districts. Members of EdisonLearning's Sales team, and Thom Jackson, plus Chris Morrow of Magic Johnson Enterprises talked with the district leaders from Boston, Portland, Cleveland, Charlotte NC, Jackson MS, and Memphis TN at a special reception hosted by EdisonLearning.
Chaundria Smith, a successful educator with more than a decade of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, college professor, and school principal has been named Executive Director of Provost Academy Ohio.
“My career as an educator has shown me that the traditional school setting does not meet the needs of all students. For this reason, at Provost Academy Ohio we will pride ourselves on educating the ‘whole child’ through an online learning environment, as well as on-going mentoring and advising to ensure students receive the personalized attention they deserve,” Executive Director Smith said.
Prior to taking on her new role, Executive Director Smith was serving as a Director of Achievement for EdisonLearning in Cleveland. Previously, she was Principal of the Meridian Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., an Assistant Principal in the Hampton (Virginia) City Schools, and a Teacher and Department Chair in the Norfolk (Virginia) Public Schools. Since 2013, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Executive Director Smith has been recognized as the “Virginia Teacher of Promise”, and was the Norfolk Public Schools “Inspiration Award Winner” in Career & Technical Education.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Norfolk State University in Virginia; a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia; and is currently completing her Doctor of Education in Advanced Educational Leadership from Regent University. She is also certified as an International Baccalaureate Head of School, Certified Data Team Leader, and Certified Mentor.
“Today’s students learn much differently today than they did in the past,” students did just ten years ago,” Executive Director Smith said; “and students are clearly benefitting from an education, like the one they receive at Provost Academy, that utilizes stimulating virtual curriculum designed specifically for them.”
In contrast to other online learning programs, Provost Academy Ohio offers a robust, state-of-the-art curriculum with a strong base in math, science and technology, designed to be engaging, fun and targeted to multiple learning style. All courses can be adapted to fit a student’s individual needs, and content can be rearranged and customized for the individual student. Also, parents and students can easily monitor learning progress, assignments, and grades at a glance on their own personal home page.
Interested students in grades 6 through 12 can enroll in Provost Academy Ohio for the school year starting this fall online at www.oh.provostacademy.com or by phone at 888-262-1052.
Superintendents and public school administrators throughout the United States received the above email on October 2 promoting the Magic Johnson Bridgescape program. By clicking on the image, it takes the reader to a special landing page on the MJBA web site, where the recipient is able to view a video featuring Earvin “Magic” Johnson on the NBC Today Show, and allows them to view and download the new MJBA brochure. Members of the Business Development Sales team will be following up with all school district officials who seek more information.