Effective Leadership – School leaders attend six professional development sessions throughout the school year, where they follow a unique curriculum with a goal of sharing ideas and learning how to best engage with their early childhood students and teachers. School leaders are also matched with experts in the early childhood field who serve as mentors for the next three years.
Successful Schools – Teachers, school leaders, and their expert mentors work together to study a particular topic each of the three years that aligns with the school’s broader curriculum. Teachers and school leaders are also encouraged to attend workshops, conferences, and site visits to schools that exhibit successful elements of early childhood education. This collaboration helps both teachers and school leaders understand the value of pre-K classrooms and how those students integrate into the broader school community.
Strong Teaching Staff – Through Joe’s Champs, Fight For Children has developed partnerships with three teacher training programs—Capital Teaching Residency, Center for Inspired Teaching, and Urban Teacher Center—to match instructors to vacancies in participating Joe’s Champs schools.
Seven schools participated in the pilot year of Joe’s Champs—DC Bilingual Public Charter School, E.W. Stokes Public Charter School, Friendship Southeast Elementary Public Charter School, Friendship Chamberlain Public Charter School, Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School, Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School, and Powell Elementary School. Several additional schools will join the program for the 2014-2015 school year.
Please read the evaluation summary of the first year of Joe’s Champs to see how this program is making a difference in the lives of low-income children in DC.