2016â€“17 ANNUAL REPORT
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welcome the communities we serve our students heart smart think act this yearâ€™s highlights reimagining education parent spotlight
15 student spotlight 16 our teachers 20 our school day 22 results 25 financials 26 our supporters
MISSION Our mission at Caliber Schools is to shift the experiences, expectations, and outcomes for students in historically underserved communities. We provide students with a challenging and engaging personalized education that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in competitive colleges, careers, and communities. Caliber graduates will have emotional intelligence; be academically college ready; be critical thinkers, and have the skills and desire to be â€˜changemakersâ€™ in their communities and the world.
WELCOME To our students, families, staff, neighbors and friends— I’m delighted to share Caliber’s 2016–17 Annual Report. Everything we do at Caliber is centered on the needs of our students. Inside you will see how that translates into our educational program and our philosophy—our student pillars of Heart (emotional intelligence), Smart (academic college readiness), Think (critical thinking) and Act (agents of change). You’ll learn about the two dynamic Bay Area communities where Caliber works—Richmond and Vallejo—and how we seek to build on the strengths our families and students bring to school every day. You’ll also get a deeper look into a few of the programs that define Caliber—our social-emotional learning, and our computer science program. We started Caliber Schools because we were outraged at the immorality of the American education system. It gave the most to those who had the most, and the least to those who had close to nothing. As a result, policies and structures in education continue to reinforce the racial predictability of outcomes. This contributes to the perpetuation of the systemic oppression that defines the American experience for so many. At Caliber, we strive to change that by serving all students well. Our students are consistently outperforming their peers at the schools they would otherwise attend on Smarter Balanced assessments, and over 70% of students grew faster than the national average on reading. Life at Caliber Schools is complex and vibrant for our 1,300 students and 140 staff. There is more going on in a single week than we could describe in one report. If you can, visit us and see how we work to bring our student pillars Heart, Smart, Think and Act to life. Best, Jennifer Moses CEO and Co-Founder Caliber Schools
We believe every child can succeed in college and in life if they are given the opportunity. The American education system is failing students in under-resourced communities. Students graduate high school without the essential skills or knowledge they need to succeed in college and beyond. At Caliber Schools, we are reimagining education so that our students receive a rigorous, college-preparatory public education that equips them to pursue whatever professional paths they choose.
THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE We are proud to serve the communities of Richmond and Vallejo, California. Nationwide, the disparities in educational achievement (known as the “achievement gap”) continue to grow, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities, English language learners, students from low-income communities, and students with disabilities. We’re on the path to changing that trend.
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA VALLEJO
of Vallejo City Unified School District’s middle and elementary schools fall in the lowest ranking on California’s Academic Performance Index
RICHMOND BERKELEY OAKLAND
NEARLY 3 OUT OF 4
students leave West Contra Costa’s Schools (Richmond’s school district) academically ineligible to apply to a UC or a CSU school
OUR STUDENTS 81% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
CALIBER: BETA ACADEMY (K-8) 4% Asian or Pacific Islander 5% Mixed Race
27% SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
585 1,050 1,300 1,500
STUDENTS SERVED EACH YEAR
CALIBER: CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY (TK–4,6–7)
6% Mixed Race
3% White 11% White
12% African American 76% Hispanic or Latino
14% Asian or Pacific Islander 25% African American
42% Hispanic or Latino
HEART SMART THINK ACT Our goal is to equip every Caliber graduate with the real world skills they need to succeed through college, career, and life. Each campus may reflect the personal vision of the School Leader, but the root of everything we do for students is defined by our Graduate Pillars. By the time our graduates leave Caliber Schools, they will have the following skills:
Academic College Readiness
HEART Emotional Intelligence
ACT Agents of Change
THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS This year, our students studied everything from coding to opera. They wrote books, built LEGO robots, and took field trips to colleges, museums, and national parks. Through our graduate pillars of HEART, SMART, THINK, and ACT, we are committed to showing our students that they are valued and capable of anything they set their minds to.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON On Jan 20–23, 2017, Caliber students joined hundreds of thousands of people in the Women’s March. They met with Congressman Mike Thompson, visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture and learned how to advocate for family and community.
MARCH FOR KINDNESS Our kindergartners were so inspired by the Women’s March that they teamed up with first and second graders to lead Caliber’s first March for Kindness. Every grade level in the school was inspired to march. They paraded the blacktop with hand-made signs, well on their way to becoming agents of change while supporting togetherness and empowerment.
COMPUTER SCIENCE LITERACY From our founding days, we set out to ensure that Caliber graduates would be able to innovate and engage in the Bay Areaâ€™s economy by growing their higher-order critical thinking skills. To achieve that, we offer: CODING Students study programming concepts, digital citizenship, and computational thinking through games. ROBOTICS Students learn to build LEGO robots and compete against other schools. MAKER LAB Collaborative workshops for students to design, prototype, and build things like Arduino board creations, 3D printed objects, and other DIY projects.
PROJECT H We partner with Project H to offer one-ofa-kind after-school design and building programs and dedicated workspace for students to integrate design, engineering, and social justice. The program equips students with the tools and confidence to build anything they can imagine alongside one another.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING The HEART in our graduate pillars means that we teach the whole child by acknowledging that education is more than just academics. We integrate selfawareness, conflict resolution, relationship skills, and responsible decisionmaking into our curriculum and daily schedule. Building a strong foundation of interpersonal skills where students are seen and their identities affirmed prepares them to succeed in college, career, and life.
MORNING CIRCLE Every morning, students and staff have structured time for community dialogue that gives students space to express themselves, build relationships, and work through conflict using a set of tools called Toolbox. A few of these tools are shown here.
USING OUR WORDS TOOL
PARENT SPOTLIGHT CAILA MENEFEE
MOTHER TO RYAN, A RISING 7TH GRADER AT CALIBER: CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY "I was so happy to hear that Caliber was coming to Vallejo because I take education very seriously; I knew that I had already exhausted the city's educational options. So when I first looked at Caliber Schools, I visited and saw the same teaching styles and pedagogy happening with black and brown kids in Richmond that was happening at the private schools. I felt very encouraged by that. Ryan is definitely more able to communicate his feelings effectively. He has displayed more empathy. His teachers help him grow into a better human being — I really appreciate that. That’s what makes our world better.
I have been very impressed with the quality of education at Caliber Schools, the commitment to the students, the authentic connection with families. I’ve seen Ryan grow in the ways I wanted him to grow." 14
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT JULIAN MONTES
CALIBER: BETA ACADEMY GRADUATE, CLASS OF 2016
"Having staff who care about us feels good, because some of us don’t have that at home or outside of school. This is a safe haven for a lot of us. My experience at Caliber has been different because here, the teachers really show that they care. They helped me grow as a student, both academically, and as a person. I graduated with straight A’s and I learned how to stay focused, how to be a leader, to work hard, how not to give up when the content is really challenging. I’ve learned that I can approach problems with the belief that I can solve it. Both my parents cried on graduation day, they were so proud.
OVER 90% OF CALIBER PARENTS SAID
“THE SCHOOL HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON MY CHILD’S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE.”
I would recommend Caliber to a student who is on the edge of knowing if they want to do well in school or give in to the all the negativity of our community. Because here, you’ll see that education is the answer to success in life."
OUR TEACHERS I TEACH AT CALIBER BECAUSE... “...our progressive educational vision prepares students not only in academics, but also to be honest, hardworking, caring, motivated, and aspiring leaders for their community!” —ALEX LOCHOFF, 5TH GRADE STEM, CALIBER: BETA ACADEMY
“...at this school, I feel equipped to break the cycles that prevent our future leaders from finding, and unlocking their full potential.” —LIBERTY MATIAS, 3RD GRADE, CALIBER: CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY
“...Caliber was founded to help my Richmond community and that means so much to me.” —MYIAH WATSON, INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT, CALIBER: CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY
“....here at Caliber, ordinary becomes extraordinary. Education Reimagined!!!” —JAMES HANDIE, 5TH GRADE, CALIBER: BETA ACADEMY
200+ Professional Development hours 1:1 COACHING on a weekly or bi-weekly basis 59% of 2017–2018 staff identify as non-white
INSTRUCTIONAL COACH CALIBER: CHANGEMAKERS ACADEMY Almost everyone has experienced the transformative power of an effective and passionate teacher. Asha is one of those teachers. In the 2016â€“2017 school year, Asha was the 6th grade ELA teacher at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy. She has since become an Instructional Coach. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is on a mission to ensure that every single student is supported in their academic and emotional growth in order to reach their full potential.
"Going into the 2016â€”17 school year,
I had more than 30 students underperforming on the SBAC tests in Reading. I met with my coach to identify the gaps to proficiency. We looked at the data together and made a gameplan for each group of students. For students who were not yet proficient, we provided support so that they felt capable and knew where to focus. For my high flyers (who were exceeding the standards), we found ways to push and challenge them.
STUDENT GROWTH IN ASHA'S CLASSROOM
The coaching, in combination with Caliber's focus on social-emotional learning, was a gamechanger for my class. Middle schoolers are experiencing new emotions all the time and they have space to describe what they are feeling. It's changed the way they relate to me and to each other. If a student is in distress, it's pivotal to know whether they can be in class and that there's someone on campus that can provide what that student needs while the rest continue learning. I am immensely proud that my students showed years of growth in a single year."
1 (Did not meet standard)
3 (Met standard)
2 (Barely met standard)
4 (Exceeded standard)
OUR SCH Belén, a Caliber: Beta Academy 5th grader, takes you through her typical school day.
A CALIBER STUDENT Morning Circle
English Language Arts
Recess + Snack
English Language Arts
Lunch + Recess
“At Circle, we do a temp check, greeting (high five, fist bump or handshake) and answer questions like, ‘What’s your favorite place in the world?’ It’s important to me to get my day started and say that I’m gonna have a good day with everyone.”
“I always invent new stuff using Playsticks, which are these connecting blocks you can use to make houses, bridges, and cars. I made a treehouse this year that was really cool.”
"My favorite part of the day is when I get to do math and science. We figure things out and make experiments!"
HOOL DAY Ms. Ford is a Kindergarten teacher at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy. She joined Caliber because she liked how every day is planned out with intention so that students are productive and learning. Here’s a look at Ms. Ford’s day.
A CALIBER TEACHER “Students rotate groups during this time so that they get direct instruction from me, phonics guidance from our instructional assistant, or personalized learning on the computer. This is one of the most effective parts of my day because it is super engaging.”
“We look for ways that math is around us, for instance, reviewing the days of the week, months of the year, counting tallies, finding the day of the week on the hundreds chart, making it with coins, and so on. Students will be in a group on the carpet with me and another group on Dreambox (our math program).”
“Our leadership is focused on giving teachers the opportunity to prep and breathe, so we have grade level meetings once a week to make sure we can reflect and grow our practice.”
Whole Group Phonics
Teacher Prep while students have PE/Computer Science
Intervention (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
RESULTS CALIBER STUDENTS ARE EXCEEDING NATIONAL GROWTH IN MATH AND READING1 National average: 50%
% exceeding national growth
National average: 50%
% exceeding national growth
% exceeding 1.5x national growth
% exceeding 1.5x national growth
CALIBER STUDENTS OUTPERFORM DISTRICT SCHOOLS Students at Caliber: Beta Academy outperformed 22/25 feeder schools in West Contra Costa Unified and students at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy outperformed ALL of the schools in Vallejo on the State test for ELA/Literacy.
1. 2016â€“17 Growth NWEA MAP
47% Vallejo City Unified
Other VCUSD Charters Solano County Caliber: Changemakers Academy
FINANCIALS Caliber Schools is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit. As a public charter school, our operational costs are largely funded by federal, state, and local governments.
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION* ASSETS
EXPENSES CMO† Staff & Benefits 8% Facilities 6%
Other School Expenses 15% Public/Operating 80%
Instructional Supplies 15%
Other CMO Expenses 3%
School Staff & Benefits 53% *Fiscal Year 2016–17 (unaudited) † Charter Management Organization
OUR SUPPORTERS $1,000,000+
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Russ & Beth Siegelman Family Foundation Silicon Schools Fund Tipping Point Community Foundation
Next Generation Learning Challenges Public Charter School Grant Program Peter & Devon Briger Foundation
Diana Nelson & John Atwater Beller Moses Family Foundation Susan & Bill Oberndorf Toni Rembe & Arthur Rock Walton Family Foundation
Charter School Growth Fund Divco West EGG Foundation Julie & Greg Flynn Kowitz Family Foundation Matt & A.K. Lâ€™Heureux New Schools Venture Fund Matt Rogers & Swati Mylavarapu Andrew & Elizabeth Spokes Zierk Family Foundation
Steve Almeida Wences Casares JP Conte Stephen Davis & Jill Cowan Jason Fish & Courtney Benoist Jonathan Gans Henrik Jones
The Kwait Family Gary & Laura Lauder Drew McKnight Bryan & Tara Meehan Paul & Sara Recktenwald Diane & Howard Zack
Philip & Alicia Hammarskjold Tom & Jill Pulley Mike & Paula Rantz Vivian Wu Poju & Anita Zabludowicz
The Baker Family Melinda Ellis Evers & Will Evers Michael Feldman & Christine Glastonbury Ken Lindsteadt Max Saffian
To make a gift, please visit caliberschools.org/support1.html OR send a check or money order to the address below and make payable to Caliber Schools, ATTN: Chayla Gibson, P.O. Box 5282, Richmond, CA 94805
COMING SOON IN 2018 NEW VALLEJO BUILDING
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Published on Dec 6, 2017