Saturday, June 15, 2013

Advocating for APP

The APP AC sent out an an e-mail asking parents to "e-mail the Superintendent, District staff, and School Board Directors as well as the feedback email for the Growth Boundaries", adding "now is the time to let the District staff and Board Directors know how you feel about the current model of APP and the future of the program."

The e-mail goes on to request that your letters say "why the current APP delivery model is appropriate for highly capable students by explaining how and why it works for your student and family" as well as mention that "90% APP families responded [in a recent survey] that they are highly satisfied or satisfied with the current model." They also ask parents to request that any changes maintain a self-contained program at least in elementary and a minimum cohort size of 2-3 classrooms per grade in all locations.

The full e-mail is here. You can view the Google Group for the APP AC and sign up for e-mails from the APP AC here.

Please see also the earlier thread, "APP services will be offered at additional sites", and the discussion there of the possible changes coming to APP.


Robert said...
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Anonymous said...

Does the new charter schools law have an implication on the proposal to split APP 1-8 schools? Seems like if Lowell at Lincoln wanted become a charter they could quite easily...


Anonymous said...

The charter law does not allow ability based entry requirements. Also, APP@Lincoln is not a school in itself. It is still part of Lowell. They can't convert just as APP@Lincoln.

Charlie Mas said...

The cohort delivery model is the appropriate choice for highly capable students because it is the only one that assures service delivery.

Even when the instruction isn't there - which has happened dozens of times - the students are still served to some baseline extent by the cohort.

All other delivery models will inevitably fail. They will become diluted, they will be discontinued, or a change of teachers or administration will simply terminate them.

Since the District will not offer any assurance of quality or efficacy - the District will not even offer any assurance of existence - for any service delivery, the cohort delivery model offers the only assurance we can get.

Whether the students are served is a much more important question than how they are served. Since only the cohort model assures service delivery, the cohort model is the only possible choice.