Saturday, April 22, 2017

Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader?


Thank you Dr. Sonja Santelises, Maria Harris Tildon, Gilbert Sandler, Vytas Reid - WBFF Fox45 Baltimore, and Robert Heck for participating in the sixth annual Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader? on April 21, 2017 at City Springs Elementary/Middle School.

BCP would like to thank all of our generous sponsors: Venable LLP, Mama's On The Half Shell, Nacho Mama’s (Canton, MD), WBFF FOX 45, McGraw-Hill Education, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, T. Rowe Price, Ernst & Young, WYPR, M&T Bank, Coppermine Fieldhouse, Congressional Bank, Pompeian, Summit Business Technologies, The Children's Bookstore, Executive Insurance Benefits, Leonard Paper Company, Maryland Mojo Photo (Photo & Video Booth Rental), MECU of Baltimore, Gerry's Tire and Automotive Service, Charm City Ice, Harris Teeter, and Target Store Canton. Thank you also to our "Charm City Gift Basket" raffle sponsors: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore In A Box, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Smyth Jewelers, and W. R. Grace and Company.

Special thanks to the event planning committee, volunteers, and table sponsors: Abby Carmean Baldwin, Laura Doherty, Bob Benjamin, Jenn Blois, Bailey Fine, Brad Gartrell, George Hess, Mo Jishi, Marvelyn Johnson, Brenda Kahn, Jeff Krick, Sue Lattimore, Jon Mcgill, Heather Mitchell Thurfield, Tobi Morris, Michael Niccolini, Tran Phung, Larry Schugam, Angela Scott, Scott Wolgamuth, and the volunteers from Target.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

HHA Principal Interviewed on The Real Baltimore

Hampstead Hill Academy Principal Matt Hornbeck was recently interviewed on the latest episode of The Real Baltimore on The Real News Network.
"I think that small charters and small traditional schools both suffer from scale issues that are very difficult to overcome, and you can't have what looks like a school, if you don�t have a certain number of kids. My own experience in a school that's at scale, and large, and we have been able to resource everything we wanted to do over the years. And the Baltimore Curriculum Project is a great non-profit operator that's been around for two decades in Baltimore City, and they are good partners in the work. There are a number of charters suing the district for even more funding. Our school is not part of that lawsuit and we don't think that that is necessary," said Mr. Hornbeck.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

BCP February 2017 Newsletter

Read the Baltimore Curriculum Project's February 2017 newsletter at:

Video: The Adolescent Literacy Crisis in America

View the video of the Baltimore Curriculum Project's most recent Leading Minds forum: "The Adolescent Literacy Crisis in America: at:

For decades educators have attempted to avert the “fourth-grade slump” – the precipitous drop in performance experienced primarily by low-income children when reading texts become more complex and the subject matter broadens and deepens.

Despite the increased focus on early literacy instruction sparked by No Child Left Behind, millions of adolescents still struggle with low literacy skills. In 2015, 66% of all eighth-grade students, 85% of Black students and 79% of Hispanic students failed to perform proficiently in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Unless these students receive the intensive reading instruction they need in high school, their chances of graduating and securing gainful employment are slim to none.

On Friday, February 17, 2017 from 12:00 noon – 3:00pm the Baltimore Curriculum Project and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy hosted the ninth Leading Minds forum: "The Adolescent Literacy Crisis in America."


  • Dr. Elizabeth Birr Moje, Interim Dean, University of Michigan School of Education

  • Dr. Rhonda L. Richetta, Principal, City Springs Elementary/Middle School

  • Dr. Sonja B Santelises, Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools

  • Dr. David M. Steiner, Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy (moderator)
Video other Leading minds forum videos at: