Thank you for your interest in SHARP Literacy, Inc.! Please read the “Expectations for Participating in SHARP Literacy, Inc.” Next, please complete the application below in its entirety. The application will be submitted electronically.
2017 – 2018 Expectations for Participating in SHARP Literacy, Inc.
The mission of SHARP Literacy is to energize urban school children to become confident, capable readers, writers and researcher, using the visual arts as our tool to engage young minds and reinforce learning.
In operation for a minimum of three years.
Have established procedures for collecting and analyzing data to increase student achievement and inform teachers’ instructional practices.
Have a minimum of three years of evidence of increasing student achievement.
Administrators/principals and teachers must attend an introductory meeting with Executive Director and a member of SHARP’s Education Department staff prior to implementing the program.
Have the capacity and willingness to participate in and submit SHARP’s assessments, e.g., vocabulary pre- and post- assessment and Writing Challenge.
The Teachers participating in the program are expected to use the SHARP curriculum, assessments, workbooks, and core books to further enrich/support their educational program.
Schools participating in the SHARP program must participate in the museum and other program related enrichment activities for students in grades K4 through 5.
Willingness to participate in SHARP’s marketing and funding efforts by supplying testimonials, pictures, onsite visits by funders, etc.
Willing to send their school liaison and/or designated grade level teachers to participate in SHARP’s fall and summer teacher professional development opportunities.
Administrators/principals must commit to attending one of two SHARP Principals’ Meetings in fall and/or spring.
Teachers must have the capacity to administer, assess, and submit the pre- and post- vocabulary assessment for grades K4 through 5.
Teachers must have the capacity to lead their students through a writing process to engage in and submit the SHARP Writing Challenge for grades K4 through 5.
After two years, in order for schools to continue participating in the SHARP program, there must be evidence of measurable participation in SHARP’s assessments, and measurable participation in SHARP’s teachers’ professional development or principals’ meetings.
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SHARP Literacy uses art as a tool to help improve the reading and writing skills of Milwaukee's most vulnerable children.