Project ALERTA

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Goals and Objectives

ALERTA students

Project ALERTA has seven overarching goals with corresponding objectives stated in terms of anticipated outcomes.

Goal 1:

To increase the number of 3rd through 5th grade Latino students and English Language Learners who successfully pass the entrance examination to the Boston Public Schools’ three exam schools (or enter a high-achieving middle/high school with a college preparatory curriculum).      

Objectives:

  • 75% of eligible 6th graders who have participated in ALERTA will register to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) exam.
  • 45% of 6th graders who have participated in ALERTA for three years will enter a BPS public exam school or high-achieving middle/high school.
  • 30% of 6th graders who have participated in ALERTA for at least two years will enter a BPS public exam school or high achieving middle/high school.

Goal 2:

To provide ALERTA students with an academic enrichment program that embraces a constructivist approach to teaching and delivers a curriculum that is engaging and challenging, builds on the strengths that students have, and creates opportunities for shared learning.   

Objectives:

  • Students will regularly complete hands-on projects utilizing various learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as a culminating group project at the end of the program to be shared with the larger community.
  • Teachers will create opportunities for cooperative learning in which students will engage in activities that will link their culture, identity and development of cultural competency skills to the curriculum content.

Goal 3:

To provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, become young advocates for their communities’ needs and agents of change.

Objectives:

  • Students will help teachers choose the curriculum module, based on their interests.
  • Students will participate in diverse and culturally based art and literacy projects and bilingual or home language-based enrichment activities.
  • Students will devise decision-making structures for their classroom to support the development of individual leadership skills and community-wide advocacy.
  • Students will choose a social, environmental, scientific, or other global or local problem and propose an individual as well as group action plan for addressing the chosen problem.

Goal 4:

To provide ALERTA students the opportunity to develop a positive identity and feel part of a positive peer group that values academic success.     

Objectives:

  • Teachers will create a tone of respect and inclusion in the classroom through posters, wall hangings and artwork that reflect students’ backgrounds and skills and provide positive, multicultural images.
  • Students will learn and practice the skills and habits needed to succeed in school.
  • Students will exhibit pride when identified by others as being part of ALERTA.
  • Students will receive support, reinforcement, and recognition from ALERTA teachers for their appropriate behavior and hard work.
  • Teachers will develop authentic assessments that allow students to shine in ways not always measured during the school day.
  • Teachers will use resources such as books, games, toys, and videos that reflect the backgrounds of the students and contain up-to-date multicultural, multilingual and bias-free content.

Goal 5:

To provide varied opportunities for English Language Learners to develop proficiency in English and gain confidence speaking the language.    

Objectives:

  • Teacher surveys will indicate that 75% of ALERTA English Language Learners have made noticeable progress in their level of English after one year of participation in ALERTA.
  • Student surveys will indicate that 75% of ALERTA English Language Learners feel comfortable speaking, reading, and/or writing in English after one year of participation in ALERTA.

Goal 6:

To provide ALERTA teachers with professional autonomy and a unique and positive teaching and personal experience that will impact their broader classroom experience.

Objectives:

  • Teachers will design and teach a cross-disciplinary curriculum of their choice that is focused on project-based learning and constructivist/whole child theories of learning.
  • 90% of teacher surveys will indicate that their ALERTA teaching experience is both personally and professionally fulfilling.
  • 90% of teacher surveys will indicate that their ALERTA teaching experience has expanded their mind and skills for their regular classroom teaching.

Goal 7:

To provide parents with the tools to acquire the knowledge needed to become engaged in their children’s education.

Objectives:

  • 85% of parents will attend each of three workshops during the school year that teach and inform parents on ways to support and encourage their children’s academic success.
  • 85% of parent surveys will indicate that the parent workshops have helped them support and encourage their children’s academic success.
  • 85% of student surveys will indicate that their parents encourage them to succeed in school.

Florangel Roman, ALERTA Parent, says:

“My child is now less shy, more curious, and more interested in her studies and in her relationships with her peers. She has learned things she never could have imagined and has become more excited about her future education.”

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