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IMPACT REPORT Summer Program 2 017


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Summer at a Glance

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The Program

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Schools BTH Students Attend

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Highlights / Challenges / Actions

and a College Bound Program for high school students.

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Renaissance STAR Testing

In 2017, the largest number of rising 7th, 8th, and 9th

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Curriculum-Based Testing

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Socio-Emotional Learning

The Summer Program at Breakthrough Houston (BTH) supports our two-fold mission. Breakthrough’s mission is to prepare students who possess high academic potential, but limited educational resources, for competitive high school programs and college admission. In addition, BTH trains talented college and high school students for careers in education. BTH also offers a School Year Program for middle school students

grade students (167) and the largest number of Teaching Fellows (36) and Teaching Assistants (6) participated in the Summer Program. Since 1996, the Summer Program

• BridgeUp and Character Strengths

has taken place at St. John’s School, one of BTH's host schools. The School Year Program and College Bound Program take place at the additional host school,

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Student Feedback

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Teacher Feedback

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Instructional Coaches

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Parent Feedback

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Community Service and Career Day

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Role Model Speakers

Episcopal High School. At Breakthrough Houston, we envision a day when all children will have equal access to quality education and teachers committed to their academic success. We invite you to learn more about our Summer Program in this Impact Report.

Kathy Heinzerling Executive Director


SUMMER 2017 AT - A - G L A N C E Breakthrough Houston welcomed 36 Teaching Fellows, 6 Teaching

STUDENTS •

Highly-motivated rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Houston-area students

98% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

• Diverse student body including

Assistants, and 167 rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students for

o 54% Latino/Hispanic

its 21st summer of students teaching studeznts. College students

o 27% African/African-American

o 14% Asian/Asian-American

o 5% Multi-Racial

from all over the United States came together for eight weeks of their summer to help provide instruction in the areas of academic and character development for underserved yet highly motivated Houston-area students. Breakthrough Houston made a significant impact through intensive learning experiences provided to students, Teaching Fellows, and Instructional Coaches.

TEACHING STAFF •

1 Dean of Faculty

6 Instructional Coaches

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Teaching experience range from 3-30 years

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2 Breakthrough alumni

36 Teaching Fellows and 6 Teaching Assistants from schools including Barnard College, Bryn Mawr, Colby, NYU, Princeton, Rice, University of Houston, UT Austin, and Vanderbilt.

9th grader, Kevin Tran, walks through the morning bridge.

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STUDENTS • 6 weeks of programming

o 5 days per week

o 8 hours per day

• 4 core academic classes

THE PROGRAM

o Literature, Math, Science, and Writing

• Academic Electives o Newsletter, Creative Media, Speech & Debate, Current Events, Alternative Energy, French, Creative Writing, Computer Science, Chinese, Money Think, Psychology, Video Production, Wellness and Nutrition, Drama, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American Studies • Exciting Activities

o Basketball, Soccer, Strength and Conditioning, Flag Football, Combination Outdoor Games, Photography, Making Board Games, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Guitar, Dance, Choir, Piano, Traditional Art, Crafty Arts, and Chess

Socio-emotional Learning (SEL) o The SEL component of BTH's programming offers students a variety of experiences and tools that will help them develop mindfulness, leadership, and team-building skills. This year the BTH Summer Program partnered with the nationally-recognized Peer Assistance & Leadership (PAL) program to assist in the development of students’ SEL.

TEACHING FELLOWS • 4

8-week commitment o 2 weeks of intensive pre-summer training and preparation o 6 weeks of planning and teaching o 50+ teaching hours o Weekly professional development sessions o Exposure to various private, public, and charter school systems around the U.S.

Students show their work.


SCHOOLS BTH STUDENTS ATTEND

Breakthrough Houston students come from 37 different middle schools across the city. The 9th grade class will attend 39 different high schools.

The table below indicates the number of BTH students attending each school.

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HIGHLIGHTS • Largest summer in Breakthrough Houston’s history with 167 students, 36 Teaching Fellows, 6 Teaching Assistants, 6 Instructional Coaches, 1 Dean of Faculty, plus 3 full-time administrators • Second summer for a second site, Breakthrough Houston at Connect Community, located at KIPP CONNECT. This site included 115 students, 24 Teaching Fellows, 4 Teaching Assistants, and 4 Instructional Coaches, and 2 new co-directors. • Addition of a part-time professional counselor through a partnership with U of H ADAPT for students in need of counseling services

CHALLENGES

ACTIONS

• Recruiting from struggling middle schools in Houston Independent School District

• Establish new partnership with EMERGE in HISD to jointly recruit middle school students

• Navigating impact of new HISD lottery system, which has placed many 8th grade BTH students on to waiting lists for the Tier 1 college prep magnet schools

• Engage in ongoing work with BT national office to identify an appropriate standardized test that effectively measures student progress in a six-week period of time

• Applying appropriate standardized assessment of student progress in reading and math over a sixweek period

• Continue revision of curriculum in all subjects to align with TEKS to prepare BTH students for the upcoming school year

• Determining best way to measure non-cognitive skills in BT students

• Enhanced 9th grade camping trip with focus on leadership and addition of partnership with PAL • New socio-emotional learning survey through BridgeUp at Menninger called the "BridgeUp Healthy Kids Survey"

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GRADE LEVEL SKILLS COVERED IN MATH AND ELA

7TH GRADE READING

8TH GRADE READING

9TH GRADE READING

• Cite textual evidence

• Demonstrate understanding of

• Analyze a cultural experience

• Analyze how the structure of a literary work contributes to meaning and theme • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language • Determine the meaning of words and phrases from the text • Demonstrate understanding of persuasive writing techniques • Show mastery of grammar topics such as subject-verb agreement, quotation usage, conjunctions, and possessives

figurative language such as symbolism, imagery and characterization • Analyze the connotation vs. denotation of word choices in a text • Demonstrate understanding of

reflected in a wide reading of world literature • Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums • Demonstrate understanding of

observations vs. inferences and be

figurative language, word

able to make accurate inferences

relationships, and nuances in

about a text

word meanings

• Compose a personal statement that can be used for high school and college applications • Show mastery of grammar topics such as active vs. passive voiace, correctly punctuated dialogue, and participle vs. participial phrases

7TH GRADE PRE- ALGEBRA

7TH + 8TH GRADE ALGEBRA I

8TH + 9TH GRADE GEOMETRY

9TH GRADE ALGEBRA II

• Working arithmetic using integers

• Linear equations

• Use theorems and logic

• Quadratic equations

• Setting up and solving real

• Investigate patterns of association

• Understand applications and

and variables • Represent algebraic expressions • Calculate area and volume

world problems • Work with irrational numbers, integer exponents, and radicals

• Intense review of algebra I • Apply geometric concepts and

construction of functions • Perform operations on matrixes

modeling situations

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CURRICULUM-BASED TESTING SCIENCE

MATH

Students took pre- and post-tests in each of their core classes. These tests were designed by Instructional Coaches to measure learning in specific course objectives. Summer 2017 results show that students made significant improvements in six weeks in all levels and all subjects.

WRITING

*Graph represents 90% of student math results.

LITERATURE

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Dr. Sarah Punches, an Advisory Council member and one of our Role Model Speakers, addresses the students.

CHARACTER STRENGTHS Self-control • Zest • Social Intelligence • Grit Optimism • Curiosity • Gratitude • Leadership As a result of BTH's 9th grade camping trip, with a focus on the character strength of leadership, confidence and empathy among students increased.

BRIDGEUP AT MENNINGER Based on student pre-test results from the BridgeUp at Menninger's Healthy Kids Survey, this summer BTH focused on strengthening SEL among students.1 The Teaching Fellows participated in a training provided by Mental Health America as a way of helping them to identify when students may benefit from mental health counseling. The BridgeUp Healthy Kids Survey contained questions on key indicators of SEL health including, but not limited to: Growth Mindset - assesses confidence in learning.   Goals - assesses forward-looking aspirations and expectations.  Collaboration - assesses interests to work with others and to listen to others.   Problem Solving - assesses confidence to work out problems. Students' scores were measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being low and 5 being high demonstration of the SEL indicator. Percentage of students who scored 3 or higher on pre-test

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94%

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Goals

62%

59%

52%

51%

45%

44%

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Collaboration

71%

67%

66%

Problem Solving

90%

86%

Growth Mindset

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Grade 7

Grade 8 1

Grade 9

Data represent pre-test results. Post-test data forthcoming.

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL LEARNING


“The zest that filled the classroom brought joy to my face each day. Breakthrough helped channel my energy in every single way."

STUDENT FEEDBACK

Destinee Harris 9th grade student Episcopal High School

“Giving up over half of my summer to do school work for so many years is an immense commitment. For example, we have to spend countless hours doing homework when we could be spending time with family or watching our favorite shows on Netfilx. However, it is very worth it and I don't regret being a part of the Breakthrough community one bit."

Percent of Students in Agreement

Avian Harris 9th grade student Houston Academy for International Studies

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86%

90%

80 60 40

My summer at Breakthrough prepares me for my upcoming coursework during the school year.

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After participating at Breakthrough, I've noticed an improvement in my grades at school.

Percent of students in agreement

9th grade students (left to right) Julia Sanchez, Mya Sanchez, Zaria Coleman.

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“Breakthrough has taught me about how to teach and how to learn. At this program, I have become more aware of not only myself, but also of the importance of education to children of a different socioeconomic background. I have had an interest in pursuing a career in education for a couple of years now, and I believe that Breakthrough has only helped that interest grow." Thomas Finley Virginia Tech, Class of 2018 8th Grade Chemistry Teaching Fellow

Percentage of Teachers in Agreement

TEACHING FELLOW FEEDBACK

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96% 84%

88%

80 60 40 20 0

“Breakthrough Houston has given me incredible hands-on teaching experience. I am so thankful to have worked with remarkable peers and staff members. It was also an honor to teach such motivated students! I have memories and friends for a lifetime and newfound knowledge that will help me be a better teacher!" Tara Narang University of Houston, Class of 2018 7th Grade Writing Teaching Fellow

Understand the importance of collaboration with co-teachers to be successful teaching BTH increased the likelihood that they will enter the teaching profession

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Instructional Coach Patty Carr (right) counsels Teaching Fellows Azzy Hinton (left) and Sam Finkel (center).

"When I was in college, being a Breakthrough Teaching Fellow was a life-changing experience for me. It inspired and encouraged me to seek out a career in education, and I have now taught in public charter schools for three years. Coming back to Breakthrough as an Instructional Coach, I have had the opportunity to work with college students who are passionate about social justice and education. Working with the Teaching Fellows this summer has inspired and re-energized me to go back into my own classroom with humility, a growth mindset, and openness to new ideas!" Annie Kuhl 3 years teacher at YES Prep 3 summers with BTH: (1 as an Instructional Coach and 2 as a Teaching Fellow)

INSTRUCTIONAL COACH FEEDBACK

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"She has changed. Breakthrough Houston is a safe and healthy place for her to grow academically, emotionally, and socially. She is focused on getting here on time, getting her homework done, and on being with her Breakthrough “family.” Tanille Tanner 8th Grade Parent

"My son always talks about Breakthrough, he is always happy and does not want to miss a day of his classes.”

Araceli Guzman 7th Grade Parent

100% of parent survey respondents believe that BTH helps their child develop character strengths in ways they typically do not have during the school year.

100% of parent survey respondents believe that BTH provides their children with opportunities they do not typically receive throughout the school year.

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Teaching Fellow, Christian Maines, addresses BTH student, Olasunkanmi Taiwo.

PARENT FEEDBACK


COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY LOCATIONS BARC Animal Shelter • Buffalo Bayou Partnership • SHAPE Community Center • Memorial Park Conservancy • St. Dominic

COMMUNITY SERVICE + CAREER DAY

Village • Hermann Park Conservancy • Houston Arboretum • Japhet Creek Nature Park • Czech Museum

ZOO EXCURSION AND CAREER DAY LOCATIONS 7th grade

The Houston Zoo excursion

8th grade

Career Day at Harris County Civil Courthouse • Houston Chronicle • GSM Architecture Firm • KPFT Pacifica Radio • Texas Heart Institute

9th grade

University of Houston campus visit

“My favorite part was that we all worked as a team, and we had fun doing it.” Sinar Sium Pin Oak Middle School 8th grade

“My favorite part was interacting with my family (student group) outside of the classroom and practicing character traits.” Allanah Smith Yellowstone Academy 8th grade

Students and teachers planted trees at Japhet Creek Nature Park.

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Caroline Duble, Community Organizer with the ACLU, addresses student body on their rights.

Every summer, Breakthrough Houston invites professionals from the Houston community to come in and speak to all the students. The topics are varied but are always pertinent to subject matter that is important for middle school students. These wonderful people give Breakthrough students their time and energy to share their specialties. This summer included the following speakers and topics:

Dr. Sarah Punches:

Social and Emotional Health / Digital Citizenship Presentation

EMERGE: PAL (Peer Assistance & Leadership): The Counted Child: ACLU:

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"Success in High School" Presentation Various Leadership Exercises Art/Dance/Yoga/Writing Workshops Civil Liberties Seminar

ROLE MODEL SPEAKERS


We are Breakthrough, and we commit ourselves to hard work, dedication, respect, fun, and above all, excellence in learning!

2017 Summer Impact Report  

In case you didn't get to see the BTH Summer Program in full swing, click here for a recap of the fun and the learning!

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