Monday, August 29, 2011

McGraw-Hill Sponsors BCP Professional Development Conference

We would like to thank the McGraw-Hill School Education Group for sponsoring the breakfast at BCP's upcoming Fall Professional Development Conference on October 12, 2011. McGraw Hill has been a faithful supporter of BCP's past conferences.

McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of educational materials, information and solutions for the Pre-K through 12th grade, Assessment, Higher Education and Professional markets.

For more information visit:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hopkins BFSA Donates School Supplies

On August 28th, 2011 City Springs School, Collington Square School, Hampstead Hill Academy and Wolfe Street Academy received 4 boxes and 1 bag of school supplies each for students in need. The schools supplies were donated by The Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) and employees of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

The mission of The Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association is to be a visible and viable agency dedicated to promoting and enhancing identity, sense of community, professional welfare and development among Black faculty, staff and students of the Johns Hopkins University.

We would like to thank The Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association and the employees of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions for their generous support. We would also like to thank Carolyn Chance (Program Development Coordinator, Government and Community Affairs - The Johns Hopkins Office of Community Services) for helping to make this donation possible.

For more information about The Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association visit:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

City Springs Hits the Ball Out of the Park AGAIN!

I walked through every City Springs School classroom today and saw instructional groups hard at work, and expectations being taught both in classrooms and in hallways. The tone was orderly and enthusiastic. Students were engaged and proud. Teachers appeared (these teachers are adults facing the trials and challenges with which adults must cope every day but whatever each of them is dealing with outside of school they were putting the children first in that building) happy and proud of their students.

Susan Lattimore, our new BCP coach had told me yesterday that she was amazed by City Springs when she was there Monday and yesterday because of the fast start to instruction, the orderly and pleasant atmosphere.

Well done City Springs!! Thank you for your dedication to our children.

Muriel Berkeley, Ph.D
President and Founder
Baltimore Curriculum Project

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ziger/Snead Supports Collington Square School

We would like to thank Hugh McCormick, AIA, LEED AP and Ziger/Snead Architects for providing more than $1,400 of pro-bono services for Collington Square School’s auditorium renovation project.

Ziger/Snead has been a long-time partner of BCP and designed both phase one and phase two (currently under construction) of Hampstead Hill Academy’s Early Learning Wing renovation.

Ziger/Snead is a Baltimore-based small business with a national reputation for design excellence. For more information visit:

Monday, August 15, 2011

United Way Brings Backpacks to Collington

As students of Collington Square School get ready to start the new school year, nearly 300 backpacks with leveled reading books await them. The school was the beneficiary of the generous donation of these backpacks at the end of June by United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM).

UWCM is committed to meeting the basic needs of their low-income, at-risk neighbors across central Maryland. By mobilizing the community to give, advocate and volunteer, UWCM helps thousands of individuals and families get out of crisis, stay out of crisis and achieve higher-quality, self-sufficient lives. Education is central to that. By supporting our children's education, UWCM helps give them the tools they need to one day have happy, healthy and independent lives.

On June 21, 2011, UWCM participated in the United Way National Day of Action. UWCM rallied a bus-load of volunteers and went down to the National Mall, where United Way Worldwide organized an assembly line of books, backpacks and volunteers. UWCM joined more than 1,000 volunteers and helped pack more than 50,000 backpacks with summer reading to give to students at high-need schools. United Way of Central Maryland volunteers packed approximately 3,000 backpacks, which were brought back to central Maryland to distribute. Many of the backpacks have been distributed to nonprofits working with children, and to the Baltimore Curriculum Project and Collington Square.

As part of the National Day of Action, UWCM joined forces with United Way Worldwide and hundreds of other local United Ways in a commitment to rally 1 million readers, tutors or mentors as education volunteers. UWCM is encouraging people across central Maryland to sign the pledge to be an education volunteer at By signing the pledge, volunteers will receive updates from UWCM about volunteer opportunities across the region.

We would like to thank United Way of Central Maryland for supporting our schools.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wolfe Street Academy Wins Best Youth Garden

Wolfe Street Academy won first place for best youth garden at the 24th Annual Best Gardens of Baltimore Contest/Supper. The event was held on August 7th inside the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum.

Gardeners from around the city attended the potluck supper, which was sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension in Baltimore City and their Baltimore City Master Gardeners.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

BCP President Talks about No Child Left Behind

Muriel Berkeley, president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project, said that the U.S. needs to reform the way it thinks about public education, as well as education legislation itself. President Barack Obama's proposed overhaul of No Child Left Behind is a good start, but not enough.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MECU Supports Leading Minds Forum

MECU has awarded BCP a grant of $500 to support our 2011 Leading Minds Forum, The Impact of Poverty on Education, to be held on September 22nd at Loyola University Maryland.

For years, MECU has been demonstrating its commitment to the community by supporting non-profit agencies in their quest to improve the quality of life for residents of our city.

We'd like to thank MECU for their support.