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Fulfilling Student Promise at an Inner-City Middle School

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Fulfilling Student Promise at an Inner-City Middle School

At Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School (LGF) in Boston, 1:1 eLearning and an innovative approach to technology access at home are increasing opportunity for children from a tough Boston neighborhood. Following best practices for technology adoption laid out in the K-12 Computing Blueprint, LGF is using 1:1 eLearning to deliver individualized instruction, increase achievement, and develop 21st century skills. In addition, hundreds of LGF families each year receive 25 hours of technology training and are able to purchase an inexpensive mobile PC and Internet connectivity, thus bridging the digital divide at home. Among the key results to date:
• Disciplinary referrals have dropped 30 percent.
• Attendance prior to H1N1 flu rose 2 percent.
• On the Spring 2009 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test, LGF made Adequate Yearly Progress for the first time.
• Nearly 20 percent of students increased two grade levels in reading in a single year.
• Teachers have increased their use of technology and their confidence in their ability to use technology to achieve educational goals.
• Parents and teachers communicate more.

Middle school is a time of high energy and hormones. But walking the halls of Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, things are so quiet you might have a hard time believing you’re among hundreds of sixth through eighth graders.

Located in the Grove Hall area of Dorchester and named after a long-time community activist, “the Frederick” belies every stereotype of a chaotic, inner-city public school. That’s because, as Principal Deb Socia explains it, “People make assumptions about urban children, and they’re wrong. My kids are fabulous. They’re brilliant and talented and respectful, and their level of discourse is very high. If you were to visit, you would not guess that we have 650 children in the building, because the school is so quiet. You wouldn’t see much middle school angst, because the children are so engaged and focused. And this is not a selected population. These are neighborhood children – the children of Boston.”

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