BRICK Education Model

Poverty-only schools require an intensive school model to ensure that children are prepared to be responsible, intelligent and creative. Based on several highly successful schools in the United States, our school model consists of six critical core competencies, to which all BRICK Academy schools are expected to adhere:

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College Preparatory Curriculum and Instruction

BRICK schools are fiercely committed to cultivating the intellectual curiosity and providing students with daily rigorous college-preparatory instruction set to high standards. Our teachers are provided with targeted ongoing professional development and regularly analyze student data to drive daily instruction and long-term planning. We ensure that every student achieves.

Levers

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Teaching the most important at just the right time.
  • Student Investment and Choice : Different pathways to the same goal.
  • Continuous Data Cycle: Monitoring and adjusting to maximize impact
  • Blended Learning: Two teachers all the time.
  • Instructional Model
  • Teacher Development: Collaboratively building teacher practice 

School Culture

BRICK’s academic expectations are exceeded only by our expectations for student behavior and decision making. We foster a college bound culture of learning by explicitly teaching and constantly reinforcing BRICK student values DREAMS (….). Instruction matters greatly, but it is only truly maximized when students feel an empowered sense of purpose and desire to learn. This kind of value of, and curiosity for, knowledge must be developed within an atmosphere of safety, routines and respect. 

Levers

  • SEL Values: Values have been identified to build character and skills for learning and life success
  • SEL Curriculum: Explicit instruction to develop students SEL competencies and create the conditions for learning in classrooms
  • BRICK Habits: Behavior management system that includes rewards and incentives for positive behaviors and 
  • restorative consequences for misbehaviors
  • College Culture: 
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Safe and Supportive School

BRICK Academy schools serve a very vulnerable population where majority of our children are growing up in extreme poverty, less than $10,000 in annual income for a family of four. According to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study (a survey of exposure to trauma events such as death of a family member, violence, and sexual abuse) our students are exposed to trauma at a four to eight times greater rate than the general population. This affects our children’s healthy development, cognitively and socially. BRICK has established an integrated, trauma-informed intervention system in its schools designed to proactively identify the needs of every student and matches them with tailored supports and resources. BRICK Roads to Success uses academic and social emotional learning data to tier each student and develop an individualized learning plan that utilizes a combination of instructional remediation, such as small group instruction, and social emotional learning resources, such as therapeutic counseling.

Levers

  1. Intervention & Referral Services: Process for assessing student need and developing plan of action for academics and social emotional and attendance 
  2. Training: Providing teachers with the science and classroom skills to address toxic stress that impedes student learning as a result of adverse childhood experience
  3. Data System: A student tracker used to log positive and negative behaviors and monitor the efficacy of intervention plans

Data Drives Decisions and Action Planning

BRICK uses a variety of assessments to always keep our finger on the pulse of the student learning- a combination of daily, weekly, monthly, biannual and annual tools allow leadership and teachers to adjust practice regularly and efficiently. School leadership and teachers set student growth objectives (goals) in the beginning of the year.  Goals are tiered by student readiness level and regular on-going analysis is conducted to measure progress towards goals.

Levers

  • BRICK Database: The BRICK database serves as a centralized warehouse for all student input and outcome data.  The database is self run and fully integrated with all programs.
  • Data Management of School: Data is used in the management of the building – this includes data supporting all decisions and actions as they align to the school strategic plan.  BRICK’s unique input and outcome data collection allows BRICK to evaluate programs and measure their impact on student achievement.
  • Teacher Friendly Data Tools: Teachers use a data program to track all behavior data, print character reports, and analyze formal and informal assessment data regularly.
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School-Community Partnerships

BRICK schools provide families and the community with a wide variety of opportunities to support student learning. Schools regularly host parent education workshops, dialogue with community leaders and door-to-door outreach campaigns. BRICK also strategically partners with social service agencies to help stabilize our most vulnerable families.

Levers

  1. Linking Family Engagement to Academics: Family engagement staff meet with teachers for each grade band to identify workshops and activities that support student learning in the classroom
  2. Parent Leadership: Targeted opportunities for families to engage in the life of the school, whether volunteering to plan workshops and activities or assisting teachers in the classroom
  3. Social Service Partnerships: Strategic partnerships with social service providers to support families in the areas of housing, health and financial assistance
  4. School as community hub: BRICK schools bring the community together through hosting neighborhood events and maximizes local partnership to build a stronger community. 

Operational Efficiency

To raise student achievement every minute must be used strategically. BRICK structures its schools so that human capital can improve student outcomes. 

  • Instruction And Operations: At each BRICK school there is an instructional and operational leader. This allows the instructional team to focus on student achievement. 
  • Strategic Planning: Each BRICK school develops a comprehensive strategic plan annually, that drives staffing, budget and instructional programming. School teams regularly check-in on progress indicators. 
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