Environmental
Charter Schools

Environmental
Charter Schools

Enhancing Student Success Through Student, Teacher and Parent Supports

When COVID-19 arrived in 2020, students and teachers at Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena (ECMS-G) left behind their tight-knit, interdisciplinary, project-based, collaborative learning model and its environmental education focus for a swift shift to distance learning from the confines of their homes. That shift was difficult for everyone, but disproportionately so for students with exceptional needs or students in marginalized communities, including many Black and Latino students, who were also dealing with job loss and food and housing insecurity as a result of the pandemic. With basic needs in jeopardy, positive learning experiences suffered.

Now, with an All Points North Foundation grant, ECMS-G, a free public school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, is working to reverse the learning loss brought on by the pandemic and close opportunity gaps for its 360 students. School leaders have built a high-quality program that tends to middle schoolers’ social, emotional, intellectual and holistic needs as students transition back to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Central to the program are supports for students, teachers and parents. Individual student assessments will identify baseline performance and learning gaps so that data-informed, responsive interventions can again boost student achievement and instructional equity. Professional development for teachers will focus on optimizing proficiency with technology and a refined parent portal offers tools to improve both student learning and parents’ sense of partnership with the school.

All of this work is designed to support the ECMS-G mission of reimagining public education for low-income communities of color to prepare conscious, critical thinkers who are equipped to graduate from college and create a more equitable and sustainable world.

For more information: www.ecsonline.org

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All Points North Foundation provides grants for U.S.-based projects and initiatives that support our priorities: improving public middle school education and teacher training, and implementing effective solar programs and/or projects.

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