Sen. Carper to Visit Innovative School Program in Christina School District

U.S. Department of Education awarded $1.1. million grant for the Smaller Learning Communities Program

Wilmington, DE – Senator Tom Carper will pay a visit to Glasgow High School on Wednesday, August 25, 2004. The Christina School District recently was awarded a $1.1 million grant to implement the Smaller Learning Communities Program (SLC) in the District’s three high schools. The Senator will speak with administrators and faculty, including the superintendent of Christina School District and the principles of the three high schools in the District, about the new program. The purpose of the Smaller Learning Communities Program is to promote academic achievement through small, safe and successful learning environments in large public high schools. The Christina School District is undergoing district-wide high school reform in an effort to raise student achievement. The Smaller Learning Communities Program will be implemented as part of the District’s Transformation Plan. The Christina School District is Delaware’s largest public school district with about 19,000 students. Here’s how the SLC program will work: Building on a pilot 9th grade academy experience at Christiana High School, 9th grade academies will be implemented at the three high schools in 2004. After four years, all students will be in SLC settings. In addition, significant academic enhancement for all students and accelerated strategies for those performing below grade level on state assessments, and professional development for teachers, will be part of this program. Wednesday, August 25, 2004 WHO: Senator Tom Carper Joseph Wise, Superintendent, Christina District Emmanuel Caulk, Principal, Newark High School Scott Flowers, Principal, Christiana High School Todd Harvey, Principal, Glasgow High School WHAT: Visit to Glasgow High School WHEN: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WHERE: Glasgow High School 1901 South College Avenue (Route 896) Newark