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Suitland Technology Education Engagement Resource Center, Inc. (STEER)

Drew Freeman Middle School

21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC)

“Project Achieve”

An Overview


On June 21, 2013, Drew Freeman Middle School (DFMS) was awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant through the Maryland State Department of Education.  This grant program supports the creation of community learning centers providing out-of-school time programming, academic enrichment opportunities, service learning and character development to students attending either high poverty or low performing schools.  The 21st CCLC program will also help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects such as reading, math and science.  Also, literacy, educational, and social services will be provided to the families of participating students.

Through the 21st CCLC grant initiative at Drew Freeman Middle School, known as Project Achieve: Platform 4 Academic Success in Reading, students will engage in real-time, relevant and project-based learning in environmental education and STEM-related activities, develop critical thinking and creative thinking skills, cultivate their ability to make informed decisions and increase their confidence and commitment in taking action responsibly to address issues.  Activities will guide students through the process of awareness, understanding, challenges, motivation and action through active engagement and hands-on experiences.  The targeted students for Project Achieve have scored basic on the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) or Student Reading Inventory (SRI).

For more information about 21st CCLC, please contact BJ Clarke, Lakisha Mitchell or Michelle COntee Coordinator at 301-817-0900 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parents/Guardians please ensure your child/children provide their application to the following Project Achieve Staff: BJ Clarke, Lakisha Mitchell or Michelle Contee.

FAMILY LITERACY CORNER

Upcoming Events: Save The Dates

Technology & Book Fair *Free Books
February 24, 2016  5pm-7pm

Family Resources & Book Fair March 23, 2016
Community Job Fair - March 30, 2016

PARENTS CORNER

GED Classes at Prince George’s Community College
Have you been thinking about getting your GED? PGCC offers FREE Monthly GED Workshops.

Phone: 301-322-0891

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http://www.pgcc.edu/Programs_and_Courses/Noncredit/Noncredit_Program_Detail.aspx?id=6442463433

Additional GED Resources:

Maryland Adult Education Online  http://www.mdadultedonline.org/

Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program http://www.dllr.maryland.gov/gedmd/ged.shtml

Additional Information

2014-2015 Full Evaluation Reports (Available Upon Request); Contact Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

PROJECT ACHIEVE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In the second year of the 21st CCLC grant initiative at Drew Freeman Middle School, known as Project Achieve, students continued to engage in relevant, problem-based, cooperative learning activities; developed critical thinking skills; increased their knowledge of their environment and agriculture; and improved their literacy skills.  Activities guided students through the process of awareness, understanding, challenges, motivation and action through active engagement and hands-on experiences.  As in the first year of the project, the targeted students for Project Achieve were those who scored basic or below basic on the reading portion of the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) or those who just recently achieved proficiency.

This report presents the findings of the Project Achieve Year Two Evaluation – an effort to assess the progress made toward the goals set out in the initial grant application by answering two questions:

·         To what extent and under what conditions are student outcomes in reading proficiency met? 

·         What family literacy activities and the level of family participation contribute to student outcomes in reading proficiency?  

The primary outcome measure used for both evaluation questions in this second year was the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI).  For Project Achieve events, we also used survey instruments to collect indicators of (1) learning, (2) satisfaction, and (3) fidelity of implementation.

Reading Achievement: Based on the SRI October – June scores, we did find SRI improvement for the majority of those students who began participating in the project in October and for whom we had comparative data (68 out of 117). The 68 who improved, SRI Lexile scores (below basic or basic to proficient, etc.) increased between 11-350 points with a percentage of 0.93% to 29.35% respectively.



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