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GVAC Global Village Academy Collaborative 2017-18 Annual Report


TABLE OF CONTENTS

About Our Schools & the GVAC

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Demographics 2 Financials 3 Spotlight on Our Schools

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Academic Performance 6 Language Performance 7

Student Highlights 8 International Trips 9


Mission

Global Village Academy students will become fluent and literate in English and a second world language, excel academically in core content subjects, and develop 21st century skills, including cross-cultural understanding. PREMIER CHOICE FOR LANGUAGE IMMERSION:

Global Village Academies are the premier schools of choice for language immersion in Colorado. GVA schools have developed an unparalleled selection of language choices coupled with other meaningful programming creating a quality learning experience for ALL children. • French • German • Mandarin • Russian • Spanish

Although we pride ourselves on our language immersion instruction, many of our schools offer dynamic additions to their curriculum and student schedules: • AVID- Advancement Via Individual Determination • ENCORE-After School Enrichment Classes • Gifted & Talented Program • Homeschool Language Enrichment Program • Innovation Learning- Before and After Care • STEM Classes

Global Village Academy Collaborative Global Village Academy Collaborative is a collection of like-missioned schools unlike any other group of schools in Colorado. Under C.R.S. 22-30.5-603, “two or more charter schools may contract with one another to form a charter school collaborative that is a legal entity separate from the contracting charter schools and is authorized to provide any function, service, or facility that is lawfully authorized for each of the contracting charter schools”. Global Village Academy Collaborative consists of five language immersion academies in Colorado. Each of our Global Village Academies has their own board of directors. The GVAC board of directors is comprised of board members from each of our member schools. OUR SYSTEM:

Global Village Academy Collaborative serves as the central service provider and partner organization for its multilingual immersion schools so that all Global Village Academies cultivate academic excellence, high levels of linguistic proficiency, and cultural competence. We achieve this by responsibly maximizing the potential of our learning communities and unifying sustainable instructional and business practices.

Michael Henderson GVAC Executive Director

Global Village Academy Collaborative Board of Directors President Bentley Rayburn, President GVA Colorado Springs Board

Director Ken Ramos, President GVA Aurora Board

Director Deb Wilson, President GVA Douglas County Board

Secretary Holly Thompson, President GVA Fort Collins Board

Director Pete Heinz, GVA Colorado Springs Board

Director Ray Sullivan, President GVA Northglenn Board

Treasurer Cindy Nesseth, Treasurer GVA Aurora Board

Director Edsel Clark, Secretary GVA Douglas County Board

GVA NG at-Large Board Member GVA FC at-Large Board Member A N N UAL R E P O RT | 1


AURORA

Demographics Global Village Academy Collaborative schools educate nearly 3100 students at our five schools. The GVA staff of 350 employees is representative of the diverse world we live in. Teachers and staff members come from more than 20 different countries around the world and truly promote the importance of cultural competence.

N U M B E R O F ST U D E N T S : 1 0 6 4 American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Latino/Hispanic Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander White 2 or More Races

0.2% 2.4% 22.4% 54.2% 0.3% 13.8% 6.7%

59.8% of Students Receive Free & Reduced Lunch

COLORADO SPRINGS

DOUGLAS COUNTY

N U M B E R O F ST U D E N T S : 4 5 3

N U M B E R O F ST U D E N T S : 3 1 2

Asian Black or African American Latino/Hispanic Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander White 2 or More Races

5.5% 7% 40% 1% 38% 8.5%

54% of Students Receive Free & Reduced Lunch

American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Latino/Hispanic Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander White 2 or More Races

0.4% 7% 5.6% 33% 0.7% 41.3% 12%

13.3% of Students Receive Free & Reduced Lunch

FORT COLLINS

NORTHGLENN

N U M B E R O F ST U D E N T S : 2 7 7 American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Latino/Hispanic Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander White 2 or More Races

N U M B E R O F ST U D E N T S : 9 4 1

1.21% 2.8% 1.21% 30.12% 0.4% 56.63% 7.63%

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American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Latino/Hispanic Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander White 2 or More Races Unspecified

0.5% 2.5% 2.4% 50.3% 0.3% 43.6% 0.3% 0.1%

36% of Students Receive Free & Reduced Lunch


Financials

Based on 2017-18 Audited Financials

SCHOOLS

Revenues TOTAL Percentage

REVENUES

Per Pupil Revenue

$21,257,685

84%

Tutition and Fees

$479,206

2%

Mil Levy Equalization

$795,456

3%

Investment Earnings

$70,496

0%

Operating Grants

$1,863,232

7%

$762,475

3%

$175,833

1%

Capital Grants Other

Total $25,404,383 100%

Expenditures TOTAL Percentage Instruction

Supporting Services

$13,385,046

53%

$11,640,189

47%

EXPENDITURES

GVAC

Total $25,025,235 100%

GVAC Revenues TOTAL Percentage Service Fees

REVENUES

Other Revenues

$1,335,757

82%

$292,518

18%

Total $1,628,275 100%

Expenditures TOTAL Percentage Salaries $681,210 42% Employee Benefits

$214,279

13%

Purchased Services

$520,351

32%

Supplies and Materials

$185,252

12%

Property

$19,601

1%

EXPENDITURES

Other $2,098 0% Total $1,622,791 100% A N N UAL R E P O RT | 3


Spotlight on Our Schools

JULY 2017

Bringing Music To Life, through their instrument drives, generously donated to Global Village Aurora. The school was given 5 Clarinets, 5 Flutes, 1 Alto Sax, 1 Tenor Sax, 3 Cornets, 5 Trumpets, 3 Guitars, 1 Drum Set, 2 Snare Drums, 2 Bell Kits. AUGUST 2017

GVA Fort Collins continued a partnership with Colorado State University Language Departments to have college students volunteer in the immersion classrooms. This program benefits college students who are majoring in a language, other in English, to practice their language skills and provides extra support in the GVA classrooms. SEPTEMBER 2017

GVA Colorado Springs launched an intern partnership with University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Each semester, ten to twelve UCCS students interned in different language immersion classes at GVA. NOVEMBER 2017

Global Village Academy Collaborative was awarded a grant from the Asia Society. The grant was used to develop Mandarin curriculum with nationally recognized researcher, Dr. Wei-ling Wu.

MARCH 2018

Global Village Academy teachers from Aurora and Northglenn presented “Go Real Towards a Communicative Instructional Model” which included topics about curriculum design process, authentic instructional materials, communicative instructional approach and three-mode performance assessment tasks at the 2018 Asia Society Chinese Language Teacher Institute Conference at the Asia Society New York Headquarters. Global Village Academy Northglenn received a $5000 grant from Lowes. The grant was given to purchase math materials for a parentstudent math and movement program.

GVA Douglas County received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. This award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional

Global Village Academy Douglas County hosted their first annual Charter School Showcase. The event hosted eleven different charter schools and attracted over 125 parents who were interested in learning more about charter school opportunities in Douglas County.

student growth on the state’s school performance

JANUARY 2018

academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations

GVA DC teacher Tami Hine was nominated for the DCSD 2018 Apple Award.

framework. This is the framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. GVA DC was one of nine Douglas County schools to receive this prestigious award.

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MAY 2018

During Teacher Appreciation Week, three Global Village Academy teachers were recognized by the Colorado League of Charter Schools’ campaign “Teachers Making a Difference”: Julie McKeithen, GVA CS, Ann Steers & Ashley Erickson, GVA DC. GVA Northglenn was awarded the Most Improved Landscaping Award from the City of Northglenn. JUNE 2018

Global Village Academy Collaborative received a five-year education system accreditation from AdvancED. GVAC is one of only three education systems accredited in the state of Colorado. APRIL 2018

The Charter School Institute selected GVA Northglenn SPED Teacher, Cait Eggleston to attend a Special Education Leadership Program. Principal Nicole Caldwell received the National Principal Academy Fellowship. This exciting program prepares current principals to become transformational leaders.

GVA Aurora was the only school in the Aurora Public School District selected as a site for Comcast Cares Day. The volunteer event brought in over 100 volunteers to spruce up and clean both campuses. Principal Dave Finley, from GVA Fort Collins, was given the Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Community Partner Award from Colorado State University.

Using a set of rigorous research-based standards and evidence based criteria, AdvancED Performance Accreditation examines the whole institution – the policies, programs, practices, learning conditions and cultural context – to determine how well the parts work together to carry out the institution’s vision and meet the needs of every learner. AdvancED Performance Accreditation is not about earning a label for a one-time evaluation. Rather, it recognizes those institutions that have sustained an exemplary commitment to continuous improvement and learner outcomes. A N N UAL R E P O RT | 5


Academic Performance Performance Measurement The most important measure in understanding the effectiveness of any school is the teaching and learning within the walls of each classroom. Our students are demonstrating that they are learning and growing academically as our “school report cards” shows four of our five schools received Performance rating, the state’s highest rating, based on 2017-18 CMAS performance. Fort Collins

Northglenn

71.4%

Douglas County

70.8%

PERFORMANCE

Colorado Springs

66.8%

PERFORMANCE

Aurora

53.7%

PERFORMANCE

39.4%

PERFORMANCE

PRIORITY IMPROVEMENT

2017 CMAS RESULTS Percentage of students that met or exceeded expectations on the 2017 CMAS Assessment (Colorado Measure of Academic Success). *Indicates that student counts were too low to show the data publicly.

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57.1% 42.8%

School * District State

45% 43.8%

3RD GRADE

School * District State

4TH GRADE

School District State

30.6%

5TH GRADE

3RD GRADE

46.6%

4TH GRADE

49.8%

5TH GRADE

35.3%

6HT GRADE

42.8%

7TH GRADE

42.8%

School District State

8TH GRADE

51.7%

15.2%

42.9%

School District State

43.8%

35.5%

55.6% 40.4% 64.7% 46.1% 50% 47.4%

GVA Fort Collins - Math 27.6% 24.9% 30.4% 5.9% 28.6% 28.8%

30.2% 28.2%

3RD GRADE

47.4%

47.4%

33.9%

School District State

School District State

4TH GRADE

57.5%

School District State

43.8%

School District State

28.4%

38.1%

School District State

5TH GRADE

41.2%

18.2%

39.1%

School District State

School District State

5TH GRADE

55.1% 46.1%

School District State

46.1%

28.1%

32.9%

School District State

8TH GRADE

60.7%

42.9%

School District State

24.6%

School District State

5TH GRADE

50.6% 40.4%

School District State

24.1%

GVA Fort Collins English Language Arts

School District State

8TH GRADE

27.6%

40.4%

School District State

School District State

48.9% 32.9% 39.1% 17.6%

25%

28.4% 33.9%

30.6% 35.5%

GVA Northglenn - English Language Arts

27.6% 47.5% 39.1% 50% 44.6% 33.9% 29.4% 44.1% 35.5%

44.1% 30.4%

School District State School District State

36.3% 38.1% 40.4% 43.2% 42.8% 42.8%

4HT GRADE

School * District State

GVA Douglas County Mathematics

School * District State

38.1%

School District State

7TH GRADE

5TH GRADE

School District State

28.2%

School District State

15.8%

School District State

4HT GRADE

4TH GRADE

School District State

25.7% 19.6%

School District State

GVA Colorado Springs Mathematics

School District State

7TH GRADE

3RD GRADE

School District State

6HT GRADE

GVA Douglas County English Language Arts

28.8%

3RD GRADE

43.8%

School District State

13.1%

4TH GRADE

27.1%

30.4%

5TH GRADE

27.5%

12.9%

13.1%

6HT GRADE

46.6%

School District State

35.5%

7TH GRADE

27.9%

17.3%

School District State

8TH GRADE

14.3%

11%

33.9%

3RD GRADE

42.8%

School District State

17.3%

School District State

6TH GRADE

21.1%

8.6%

39.1%

School District State

School District State

38.6% 42.9% 46.1% 42.9% 49.8% 46.6%

59.4% 43.8%

45%

47.4% 52.3% 43.8%

GVA Northglenn - Mathematics 3RD GRADE

20.7%

School District State

21.7% 19.6%

School District State

6TH GRADE

47.4%

3RD GRADE

29.8%

4TH GRADE

16.5%

5TH GRADE

46.1%

9.7%

6HT GRADE

26.9%

School District State

7TH GRADE

School District State

22.1%

8TH GRADE

7TH GRADE

School District State

40.4%

GVA Colorado Springs English Language Arts

School District State

3RD GRADE

6HT GRADE

School District State

21.3%

4TH GRADE

5TH GRADE

School District State

21.8%

5TH GRADE

4TH GRADE

School District State

GVA Aurora Mathematics

6HT GRADE

3RD GRADE

School District State

8TH GRADE

GVA Aurora English Language Arts

School District State

33.1% 32.9% 39.1% 27% 24.9% 30.4%

26.2% 28.4% 33.9% 11.9% 28.6% 28.8%

41.7% 30.6% 35.5% 15.9% 30.2% 28.2%


Language Performance Language Standards Global Village Academy language teachers use (ACTFL) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language standards to guide language instruction and Colorado State Standards to guide content learning in science and mathematics Language proficiency is defined as the ability of an individual to use culturally appropriate language to communicate spontaneously in non-rehearsed contexts. Proficiency also refers to the degree of skill with which a person can use a language to understand, speak, read and write in real-life situations. Aligned with schools’ mission, one of the primary goals is to enable language learners to acquire advanced levels of proficiency in a language other than English. It is important to understand that different languages are categorized by their degree of difficulty for native English-speakers. Aspects such as the nature of its writing system, grammar, and tonality are some of the factors which contribute to the perceived difficulty in learning a specific language. LEVEL 1 DIFFICULTY

LEVEL 2 DIFFICULTY

LEVEL3 DIFFICULTY

LEVEL 4 DIFFICULTY

French, Spanish

German

Russian, Hindi

Mandarin Chinese, Arabic

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, or ACTFL, distinguishes between 11 distinct levels of proficiency represented by an inverted pyramid.

Student language performance at GVA is expected to increase from year to year as follows: * Proficiency will vary for Level 3 & 4 Difficulty languages.

YEARS IN OUR PROGRAM/GRADE LEVEL

ACTFL LEVEL

Heritage Speakers

Advanced Low

8th Grade/Year 9

Intermediate high

6th/7th Grade/Year 7/8

Intermediate mid

4th/5th Grade/Year 5/6

Intermediate Low

2nd/3rd Grade/Year 3/4

Novice high

1st Grade/Year 2

Novice mid

Kindergarten/Year 1

Novice Low

GVA Student Average: Target Language Proficiency FRENCH AVERAGE PROFICIENCY LEVELS BY GRADE

READING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Grade

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

3rd Grade

NM

NH

IL

5th Grade

NH

IL

IL

8th Grade

NH

NH

NH

SPANISH AVERAGE PROFICIENCY LEVELS BY GRADE

RUSSIAN AVERAGE PROFICIENCY LEVELS BY GRADE

READING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Grade

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

3rd Grade

NM

NH

IM

5th Grade

NH

IL

IL

8th Grade

NH

IL

IL

MANDARIN AVERAGE PROFICIENCY LEVELS BY GRADE

READING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

READING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Grade

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

Grade

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

3rd Grade

NM

NH

IL

3rd Grade

NM

NH

NH

IL

5th Grade

NM

IL

NH

IL

8th Grade

NH

IL

NH

5th Grade 8th Grade

NH NH

IL IL

GERMAN AVERAGE PROFICIENCY LEVELS BY GRADE

READING

LISTENING

SPEAKING

Grade

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

ACTFL Proficiency Level

3rd Grade

NM

NM

NM

5th Grade

NM

NH

NM

Other Language Achievement • GVA Aurora launched AP testing in May 2018. The school had 13 eighth graders take AP exams in their language of study. Two students, from the Spanish Village, received passing scores. • GVA Douglas County offered nine French students the opportunity to take the DELF Prim assessment. The DELF is the official proficiency test recognized by the French Ministry of Education. All students passed their level of proficiency. A N N UAL R E P O RT | 7


Student Highlights GVA Aurora

GVA Douglas County

• All GVA Aurora students participated in a music special throughout the year. 4th8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in after-school band.

• The Parker library displayed cultural art work from students at GVA Douglas County.

• To excite 8th graders for college, students visited the Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver and attended Career Trek. • GVA Aurora hosted and participated in the Future City competition and their team took 4th place in the state competition. • GVA Aurora offers a robust middle school athletic program that participates in the Aurora Denver Sports League. Over 200 middle school students played volleyball, flag football, cross country, basketball, soccer, baseball and tennis. The school introduced cheerleading for the first time in 2018. GVA Aurora proudly won league championships in soccer and volleyball.

GVA Colorado Springs • Colorado Springs was an after-school site for students to participate in the Mozart Strings Project, a program offered by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. • GVA CS offered a coed cross-country program with seven, K-2nd grade students. The students competed against all D11 elementary schools. Two runners consistently placed in the top ten at several of the meets. The school also had a squad of 5th-7th grade cheerleaders. • In September 2017, students in 4th-8th grade attended Golden Bell. Golden Bell is an outdoor adventure camp, that students learn both science and social studies standards in a natural setting. Additionally, they got to build relationships with their peers and staff members in a fun setting. • Colorado Springs participated in the Battle of the Books. Their students took 2nd place in the District 11 initial competition.

International & Cultural Celebrations

• GVA Colorado Springs also held their annual school wide Spelling Bee and Oratorical Festival.

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• Ann Steers, the art teacher at GVA Douglas County had the students work on a Buddy Bench Mural Project. While preparing for International Day Afghanistan, students were inspired by Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani to create a mural that would have an impact on the society of GVA DC. Ms. Hassani believes that “art changes minds and minds change society.” The change GVA students wanted to make was to reduce bullying and increase kindness and inclusivity especially during recess. Third grade students took the lead on the Buddy Bench Mural project, collecting donations for supplies, creating the design, painting the mural and developing classroom presentations to teach others about the Buddy Bench. The project culminated in the dedication of the bench to Ms. Hine (3rd grade teacher) who lost her son earlier in the year.

GVA Fort Collins • Every student at GVA Fort Collins participates in art class. GVA FC students were excited to showcase some of their art at the Rigden Farm retirement community.

GVA Northglenn • GVA Northglenn had an after-school music program that included a hand bells group and band for 5th-8th graders. • Several students participated in middle school sports at Northglenn. The school offered girls and boys teams for cross country, soccer, basketball in addition to girls volleyball. • GVA Northglenn had five teams participate in Odyssey of the Mind. The K-2nd grade, Primary Team was first in their category in the Regional Tournament. They had four teams in the 3rd-5th grade and middle school category. The teams went to the State Competition and two teams placed 4th in their category. • Middle school students created their own news crew called Puma News. The students put together several newscasts that were shared with the entire school. • In April 2018, GVA Northglenn had students participate in the 2018 Colorado State Spanish Spelling hosted by The Colorado Association for Bilingual Education. The school also held their annual Spelling Bee and Oratorical Festival in the spring.

Aurora

Colorado Springs

GVA Aurora celebrated international countries and traditions with monthly International Days. Students learned about a different country and selected classrooms performed songs, dances and even skits for parents and the student body.

GVA Colorado Springs celebrated five different countries with their International Days. The students participated by filling out their passports, learning traditions, playing games and sampling traditional foods. Along with International Days, the school also celebrated each of their Villages through family events. Families enjoyed cultural experiences at Oktoberfest, Chinese New Year and the Fiesta Salsa.

In addition to International Days, the school celebrated Día de los Muertos in November, Chinese New Year in February and in April, the French Village enjoyed an evening dedicated to French speaking countries around the world.


International Trips GVA Aurora: France & Spain Twelve middle school students and two staff members from GVA Aurora travelled to France and Spain for eight days in March 2018. The students and staff spent three nights in Paris and three nights in Barcelona. Highlights of their stay in France included visits to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmartre, la cathedral Notre Dame and Versailles. While in Spain they enjoyed visiting Park GĂźell, Segrada de la Familia and the Taste of Spain.

GVA Northglenn: China GVA Northglenn had eight students travel to China for twelve days in March of 2018. Their journey through China began in Beijing, a city rooted in tradition. In the first few days, they climbed the Great Wall and marveled at the Forbidden City which is home to the Imperial Palace of the Ming Dynasty. During the second part of the trip, they worked together with Free the Children and Chinese locals in the Northern side of China. They built and restored projects in school communities, helped with agricultural projects, and taught English to students.

GVA Northglenn: New York & Boston In April 2018, seventeen middle school students spent six days visiting New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. The focus of their trip was STEM discovery. Students participated in educational workshops including a bridge-building exercise at the New York Memorial District, Building 7 and a lab activity at MIT. Students were also able to attend a Broadway show, visit the 9/11 Memorial and the NY Stock Exchange, and toured the MIT museum.

Global Village Fort Collins: Costa Rica In May 2018, a small group of 4th and 5th graders traveled to Costa Rica with their teacher and several parent volunteers.

Douglas County

Fort Collins

Northglenn

GVA Douglas County celebrated seven International Days. Each celebration included cultural performances and showcased amazing student art work that was created in alignment with the country they were studying. Staff and students also were treated to food from the country being celebrated. The school also engaged in other culturally relevant activities including DĂ­a de Los Muertos, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and their Afghanistan Mural Project for their Buddy Bench.

GVA Fort Collins celebrated the culture of their Villages with three large cultural events. Their Mandarin Village provided a brilliant evening of entertainment. The French Village Cultural Night brought families together for a wonderful evening of song, dance, short plays and a potluck style dinner. The GVA-FC Spanish Village took their audience on a trip around the world to Spanish speaking countries.

GVA Northglenn celebrated monthly International Days in each classroom. In May, the school hosted their first annual Cultural Fest. The daylong celebration included traditional dancing and songs from different countries Spanish speaking countries, China and Russia. Students in every Village and grade performed. Families and kids enjoyed face painting and food trucks. A N N UAL R E P O RT | 9


“We are excited about middle school at GVA! Our 7th-grade daughter has been going to GVA for 5 years and is able to have full conversations, in Mandarin, with native speakers. At GVA, the kids are immersed in their second language each and every day versus only having a second language class one to two times a week. We love the smaller class sizes too! When we first started looking into GVA, we read studies showing that children that spoke multiple languages test higher, are able to quickly learn additional languages and their brain learns differently allowing them to broaden their horizons and have endless job, travel and lifestyle opportunities. We are looking forward to the school adding AVID, STEM and international and regional trips for the students. Rhiannon Cochran, GVA-DC middle school parent

Global Village Academy Collaborative Aurora | Colorado Springs | Fort Collins | Douglas County | Northglenn 10701 Melody Drive, Suite 610, Northglenn, CO 80234 (720) 353-4113 | www.gvaschools.org

Global Village Academy Collaborative: 2017-18 Annual Report  
Global Village Academy Collaborative: 2017-18 Annual Report