Pros & Cons: BAM, OneGoal?

While BAM is getting the big influx of additional funding for its efforts, OneGoal is getting the national media attention via WTTW and PBS.  Anyone with direct experience with BAM or OneGoal, this is your chance to weigh in and tell us what's useful or ineffective about it. Then, maybe PBS will come back and report on BAM after it's been tripled in size.

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  • The WTTW report appearing on the News Hour was a major press relations and fund raising development for One Goal. There is very little information available on how students are selected for this program; here is what appears on their website:

    "OneGoal does not have a specific candidate profile for Fellows, nor do we admit students based on family income or demonstrated academic performance. Instead, we target high school sophomores with a range of academic performances who exhibit potential and commitment to our program. We encourage our teachers to select students in their school who will most benefit from the OneGoal program, most often students with GPAs and ACT scores at or below the school average."

    That is a very vague description. The website does indicate that a number of models were looked at while what was originally called Urban Students Empowered (which later became Onegoal) and the current model was developed. Some of this work was done by Dawn Pankonien a doctoral student in Anthropology at Northwestern University, but I could find no academic studies by her revealing any more information on the student selection process.

    Here is what interests me. I have no doubt that the Onegoal college persistence data is honest and that it is also impressive. But before this program is put on the national spot light shouldn't there some research on the degree that the program's selection process increases how likely these students are to succeed. Moreover, based on the selection criteria what percentage of low income students in an urban school district like Chicago fit that criteria. This information would give us some idea on the extent that this model could be implemented on a more universal level. Lastly I could find no information if the Onegoal program has in it students with identified disabilities and if so their success rate in the program.

    Rod Estvan

  • Re: ISBE waivers for special education class sizes. Last week some was discussing the question of whether ISBE has granted CPS waivers in relation to classroom size caps. I said I would ask CPS that question when I met with them today, I didn't have to ask they told me, they informed me CPS has been granted waivers allowing class sizes to go about 2 students over the cap in specific circumstances. I didn't ask how many such waivers had been requested this year.

    The waivers are specific to a school and classroom and they are only for one year. The basis for the waiver seems to relate to CPS being required to create an additional self contained room for two or so children during the school year. I assume if a teacher wanted to know if their school and classroom actually had been granted a wavier they could FOIA either CPS or ISBE, an actual wavier document is apparently written.

    Just so the special ed teachers out there who read this blog know, people at the CPS central office do read this blog and others like it. So some of your concerns do filter up at Clark Street.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    I believe the original posting mentioned age range waivers.

    Don't meant o be rude but would someone post the copy of the waiver for class size on this blog-believe it when I see it.....common sense would make one think that one or two over is not enough to make sped teachers this angry but when the caseload is 16 and the case manager knows of two new transfer ins in June for September and three more in school initials then this is not a"special circumstance" that ISBE refers to....so why not open two rooms of ten students in September? CPS is abusing class size in special education and everyone knows it.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    CPS also indicated that in some cases there were also waivers involving age ranges.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    I would like to see the waivers also.....I checked ISBE and could not find any info on waivers for special education involving CPS. Maybe, someone else can help all of us see actual evidence of these waivers.

  • Whose goal is "One Goal"? Their website reads "College Graduation. Period." Is this truly the student's goal? Many of my students are interested in health care, delivery, mechanics, carpentry, and numerous other trades. Few are truly interested in college, yet we are forced to push FAFSA, ACT, college visits, scholarships, etc on them DESPITE the fact that they have told us this does not interest them.

    Be wary of any young, overly-earnest, upper middle class eduprenuer telling you they have the secret sauce for the success of "urban" children. They are the updated version of the used car salesman.

  • heres one CPS: Which network chief brought his self-selected face guy with him to disney-fla?
    Was this done with CPS permission? In the taxpayers’ pocket? If so, they both should have to pay the money and time back!

  • who would answer this? Is this an OIG issue? Which network chief brought his self-selected face guy with him to disney-fla?
    Was this done with CPS permission? In the taxpayers’ pocket? If so, they both should have to pay the money and time back!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    How come $60k face employees are not doing home visits--its ISAT time? Get those kids in school. ps.just gps 'em at scruff.com

  • OIG is a waste of time. Photographic evidence of corruption doesn't even get a reply.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    using taxpayer money and CPS work time for this should.

  • It was nice to see Otis school on "jay's Chicago" tonight on PBS. I know it was a re-run, but it's rare to see actual public schools getting media time for doing well by kids. The News Hour needs to do more balanced reporting in it's "nobody can drop out" series.

  • I know a couple of One Goal teachers from when it was USEmpowered. The kids seem to enjoy it, and the teachers did, too. But, the program limits the number of participating teachers.

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