Educational Institutions

Concepts for Adaptive Learning

  • New Haven, CT
  • www.eachchildlearns.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to raise the academic achievement of urban public school children, leading them to succeed in school and beyond. We use the resources of technology to educate students, teachers and parents, as our foundation and integrated approach for attaining improved educational outcomes.

Main Programs

  1. Technology Cascade & Training Program
  2. Integrating Technology In Teaching
  3. Learning Math After School Can Be Fun
  4. Digital Literacy for Early Learners, "A Primer for Parents"
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

CfAL focuses its efforts on disadvantaged public school children, living in impoverished neighborhoods of the worst academically performing large cities in Connecticut, including: Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Mr. Curtis Hill

Keywords

Self-reported

CfAL, education, educational services, technology, public schools, school

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EIN

06-1623641

 Number

2908470107

Also Known As

CFAL

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

During 2015, we were honored to have served more than 2,500 people, including teachers, students and parents in our technology-based programs. Eighteen under performing 3rd through 5th grade students from impoverished New Haven neighborhoods graduated from our summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be. These students improved their math literacy by an average of 30% during this 5-week summer program. In addition to the Learning Math After School Can Be Fun program for students, we also focused on extending their learning beyond the classroom through our Technology Cascade & Training Program. This program puts gently used computers in the home of disadvantaged families, giving students a computer that they used for schoolwork. The program also included training parents how to use the computer to help their children with schoolwork. Three hundred seventy-four families participated in the program. An independent 3rd-party evaluation found that more than 88% of the parents indicated their children's grades had improved in school. Our Digital Literacy for Early Learners, "A Primer for Parents" program was conducted in 13 schools and more than 160 parents, with children birth to 5, completed the training workshop series. This program is designed to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn. We are proud of what we accomplished in 2015. Yet, we also know for 2016 that there are many more teachers, students and parents that need our help. Our programmatic goals for 2016 include: Launching a new program called Digital Literacy for Early Learners, ""A Primer for Parents"", with a focus of helping children ages birth to 5 succeed when entering kindergarten. Offering our Learning Math After School Can Be Fun programOffering our Technology Cascade and Training Program

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Technology Cascade & Training Program

CfAL's Technology Cascade & Training (TC&T) Program is designed to increase disadvantaged students' learning outcomes by extending learning beyond the classroom. We strive to achieve this primary goal by giving and installing gently used computers in the home for schoolwork. These computers run the same software as the students use at school. Through our computer training classes, we will increase parents' involvement in their children's education at home by giving parents the knowledge to help their children with schoolwork. The program also helps eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$51,000.00

Program 2

Integrating Technology In Teaching

While technology is not a panacea for all educational ills, today's technologies are essential tools of the teaching trade. To use these tools well, teachers need visions of the technologies' potential, opportunities to apply them, training and just-in-time support, and time to experiment. CfAL's Integrating Technology in Teaching Program is designed to increase teachers' productivity and make their classroom more engaging. We strive to achieve this goal and advance teaching through professional development, in the area of technology. Our premise is that all teachers must have technology skills in order to succeed.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Adults

Budget

$18,500.00

Program 3

Learning Math After School Can Be Fun

The Learning Math After School Can Be Fun Program is designed to improve math literacy of 3rd thru 5th grade students, living in impoverished New Haven neighborhoods, who are appreciably below math standards, as defined by New Haven Public Schools and the CT Mastery Test. We achieve the program goal by motivating students to learn through a new, 30 hour, engaging computer-based process and math curriculum, with special emphasis on multiplication, division, ratios and integers. There will be 2 instructors in the classroom simultaneously. One instructor is the lead and the other is an observer of student progress.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$11,040.00

Program 4

Digital Literacy for Early Learners, "A Primer for Parents"

Most parents understand the benefit of early education; yet, too many disadvantaged parents do not. The Digital Literacy for Early Learners, ""A Primer for Parents"" Program has been designed to increase disadvantaged parents' awareness of the benefit of early learning, and help them engage in educating their children, ages birth to 5, so their children start kindergarten with the critical skills they'll need to learn and succeed. The program combines platform instruction, along with detailed instruction and discussion about use of Libraries and engaging early learner educational websites, targeted for each specific age level from birth to 5.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$168,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Through the programs we offer, our primary goal is to improve disadvantaged public school children's education.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategy for improving children's education is to use a holistic approach that includes projects and programs for teachers, students and parents.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have been delivering programs for teachers, students and parents for more than 6 years.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    By reading an evaluation report that comes from an independent 3rd party that performs program evaluations.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Gaining enough funding to hire additional staff.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

CfAL focuses its efforts on disadvantaged public school children, living in impoverished neighborhoods of the worst academically performing large cities in Connecticut, including: Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

In order to help CfAL achieve its mission, these are the most pressing needs the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers must and will focus on in 2016: New Funding Opportunities - we need to find new funding opportunities and nurturing relationships with existing funders. Our goal is to raise an additional $40,000 in 2016. Stable Funding - our funding is unpredictable, mainly because grants are for 1 year. We need to be awarded multi-year grants and committed multi-year donations. Our goal is to find 2 multi-year grants and 1 multi-year donor. Strategic Relationships - we need to develop relationships with politicians and others who agree to support our programs. Our goal is to develop 4 new relationships. Board Effectiveness - we need to strengthen the effectiveness of the Board by getting them actively engaged in achieving the mission. Our goal is that every Board member will be actively engaged in achieving the mission or actions will be taken to replace them. Public Relations/Marketing - we need to find a resource who can develop a PR plan that will help with branding and help to spread the word about CfAL. Our goal is to find that resource as soon as possible.

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CONCEPTS FOR ADAPTIVE LEARNING
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Concepts for Adaptive Learning

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Principal Officer

Mr. Curtis Hill

BIO

More than 40 years of experience in information technology and more than 13 years experience leading a non-profit organization.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dear Readers: For the past 13 years I have had the pleasure of serving on an organization that works tirelessly to achieve its mission, with a single purpose of helping disadvantaged public school children improve their education. What makes CfAL unique over other non-profits is two-fold: it uses the resources of technology to educate teachers, students and parents.it has a holistic framework that enjoining teachers, students and parents in process of achieving its goals. Every day the need for technology grows, as the technology tsunami is sweeping across education, and the use of technology and computers in schools is accelerating for classwork and homework. Can you imagine life in 2016 without a computer? Yet, more than 37% of low-income families do not have a working computer in the home. These students in the largest impoverished urban centers of Connecticut's urban cities who do not have access to computers at home are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult to compete and succeed in school and in life! CfAL's technology based programs are designed to increase disadvantaged students' learning outcomes by extending learning beyond the classroom, by making their teachers' curriculum more engaging, and by delivering special academic training for underperforming students. A prime example of the organization's work is our Technology Cascade & Training Program that includes giving and installing gently used computers in the home for schoolwork. These computers run the same software as the students use at school. The targeted students attend underperforming elementary schools in the poorest neighborhoods of Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury. Their parents receive computer training to expand their knowledge of technology to help their children with learning at home. The program also helps eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families. To date, more than 2,800 families have participated in this program. It is easy to be proud of CfAL's accomplishments. Yet, it is very humbling to know there are many, many more students that need our help. Thank you for taking the time to read about an organization that I am proud to be a part of. Sincerely, Curtis M. HillExecutive Director "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeffrey C. Solomon

Marcum LLP

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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