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Ninth Grade Academies (NGA) Enhancement Development Project. Star Teachers to Inspired Leaders (STILE ) Ann Evans, Project Coordinator, HRD- PLACE Linda Medvin, Teacher on Special Assignment , HRD- PLACE Nettie Legters, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University

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ninth grade academies nga enhancement development project

Ninth Grade Academies (NGA) Enhancement Development Project

Star Teachers to Inspired Leaders (STILE)

Ann Evans, Project Coordinator, HRD-PLACE

Linda Medvin, Teacher on Special Assignment, HRD-PLACE

Nettie Legters, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University

Leigh Parise, Ph.D., Research Associate, MDRC

broward county public schools mdrc johns hopkins university working in collaboration

Broward County Public SchoolsMDRC & Johns Hopkins Universityworking in collaboration…

U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Development Grant

why ngas
Why NGAs?
  • One quarter of all students (a third to a half of our minority students) leave high school without a diploma.
    • 1 million/year nationally -- about 3,500/year in

Broward drop out

  • Success in the ninth grade is a stronger predictor of graduation than family background or test scores:
    • As early as first semester in 9th grade, a student with 1 core failure and 5 absences is far more likely to drop out.
  • Ninth graders promoted on time to tenth grade are three and a half times more likely to graduate.
why ngas in bcps
Why NGAs in BCPS?
  • First NGA was piloted at Stranahan High School in 1999 funded by an Annenberg Grant.
  • Data (FCAT and TABE) from one pilot NGA was collected to compare with the remaining ninth grade students.
  • Results were dramatic:
    • Absences reduced by 26%
    • Behavior reduced by 50% (days in IS)
    • Student achievement increased by 25%
nga enhancements
NGA Enhancements:
  • Teacher Leadership: Team Leader Model
    • Flagship School: Coral Springs High School
  • Data Driven Collaborative Response Teams
    • Flagship School: Nova High School
  • Teacher Leadership: NGA Coordinator Model
        • Flagship School: South Plantation High School
  • Active Community Partnerships: Board of Directors Model
    • Flagship School: Stranahan High School
core schools
Core Schools:
  • Deerfield Beach – Mr. Jon Marlow, Principal
  • Miramar – Mr. Brian Faso, Principal
  • Northeast – Mr. Jonathan Williams, Principal
nga enhancement project
NGA Enhancement Project

Project Overview

Project Design

Leader/Learner model to support the development & implementation of enhancements

Planning Team

District level Design Team

School-based common planning (PLC model)

Networking/professional learning opportunities for NGA teacher leaders and administrators

  • Implement NGA Enhancements in 7 high schools
  • Provide professional learning for NGA teacher leaders, administrators & support for implementation
  • Develop Component Guides with Tool Kit to ensure sustainability of best practices
design team
Design Team



Meets regularly to troubleshoot and refine

Plans professional Learning for Winter & Summer Institutes

Design, implement, reflect, feedback, refine, codify

  • Human Resource Dev. Staff
    • Assistant Superintendent
    • Directors
    • Project Coordinator
    • Teacher on Special Assignment
  • School & Community Experts
    • Seven school principals & NGA Coordinators
    • District level SLC consultant
    • Representative from Institute of Higher Learning
  • Research & Development Support
    • JHU, MDRC & District
project time line
Project Time Line
  • Identify Design Team
  • Select three additional schools
  • Compile guidebooks for enhancements
  • Plan for implementation of first & subsequent enhancements
  • Create schedule to support common planning
  • Implement all enhancements
  • Finalize guidebooks & professional learning materials
  • Support research team

Collect data and document progress

  • Implement first/next enhancement
  • Plan for implementation of second enhancement and create timeline for third
  • Refine guidebooks
  • Provide onsite school support & coaching
expectations principals
Expectations: Principals

Facilitate implementation:

Provide leadership, data, and support scheduling teams and common planning

Enable attendance for professional learning opportunities for teachers

Attend Design Team meetings

Stay informed about enhancement implementation at your site

Approve grant budget

nga coordinators project
NGA Coordinators- Project

Coordinate all NGA activities at their school:

  • Work with school administration & teacher leaders to facilitate implementation of all enhancements
  • Consult with project personnel & be available during grant-supported planning time
  • Attend Design Team meetings & submit deliverables
  • Network with other NGA Coordinators
  • Manage grant paperwork including budget requirements
  • Set time line for implementation of expanded role of NGA Coordinator’s
  • Enhancement as
  • described in grant
two teacher leaders school
Two Teacher Leaders/School

Collaborate with NGA coordinator:

  • Identify and understand the NGA enhancement under their management
  • Set time line for implementation
  • Communicate with school administration and NGA coordinator regarding resources necessary for implementation
  • Work with district project personnel
  • Network with other schools
the project continues
The project continues . . .

For more information, please contact via CAB:

Ann Evans, Project Coordinator or

Linda Medvin, Teacher-on-Task-Assignment

HRD – Division of Professional Learning & Continuing Education

Broward County Public Schools