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February 4, 2014 > News from New Haven

News from New Haven

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

Race to the Top Update:
As one of only 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of EducationÕs Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition, New Haven Unified is receiving more than $29 million over a four and one-half year period, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. District RTTT-D Director Lisa Metzinger is updating staff and the public regularly on how the grant is being implemented:

Some big changes are happening in the 9th grade Algebra 1 classes at Logan, thanks to the hard work and dedication of teachers and students. This amazing team of teachers is working to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed in Algebra. The changes theyÕve made fall into three main areas: equitable practices and policies; implementing the Common Core and Math Studio; and collaboration. This work is part of Project 1 (Literacy and Common Core) and Project 5 (Grading and Assessment) in the RTTT-D grant.

The six teachers who teach 9th grade Algebra 1 and their math coach, George Oliviero, have agreed to three significant policy changes in grading, classroom management plan, and common formative assessments. They (also are striving) to use multiple entry points, multiple representations and error analysis as common practices. The focus is on giving every student an equitable opportunity to learn and show content mastery in the class, even if it means allowing students to make up assignments and retake tests as needed. In addition to changes in policy, the teachers are rebuilding the Algebra 1 course based on the common core math standards.

FoundationÕs Casino Night Set for March 22:
The New Haven Schools Foundation has announced Saturday, March 22, as the date for its third annual ÒCasino NightÓ fund-raiser, a benefit for District schools, to be held at Union CityÕs Mark Green Sports Center. This yearÕs event, ÒStar-Studded Gala, A Night on the Red Carpet,Ó will have a Hollywood-movie premiere theme. Tickets, priced at $100 per person or $175 per pair, include a premier buffet dinner and espresso cart, live and silent auctions, no-host beverages and Ò$1,000Ó in casino chips to play blackjack, roulette and other games. VIP and sponsorship packages also are available. For more information or to request an invitation, visit the FoundationÕs website (

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