The Four Pillars of Meeting Street Schools
Meeting Street Schools’ model is replicable and rooted in best practices. Through successful implementation of this model, we know it is possible to change the projected academic trajectories of our students.
As cited by Nobel Laureate and human development expert, James J. Heckman, “Early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control and sociability- the charter skills that turn knowledge into know-how and people into productive citizens.” At MSS, students begin their schooling as three and four year olds in a program that gives them a strong foundation in:
- Early literacy and numeracy skills.
- Social and emotional development.
- Early childhood physical skills such as gross and fine motor development.
Our experience clearly demonstrates that engaging deeply with families is a key determinant of student success. Our family partnership program includes:
- Home Visits: Our teachers visit every family in their home prior to the start of each school year.
- Report Card Conferences: Our principal and teachers ensure a 100% parent/caregiver attendance rate.
- Student Attendance: Strong family relationships generate our high student attendance rates.
- Friday School Assemblies: All families are encouraged to attend our Friday assemblies where the week’s accomplishments of students, teachers, staff and families are all celebrated.
- Volunteer Program: Our families enthusiastically participate as mentors, literacy volunteers, field trip chaperones, focus group participants, field day helpers, report card night helpers and more.
Effectively educating our students requires programs and services that under-resourced kids need most to be successful. Our holistic approach includes:
- More Time in School: Our extended school day begins at 7:30am and ends at 5:30pm; and our extended school year provides 190 school days versus 180 district school days.
- Healthy Nutrition: We provide our students with two nutritious meals and three healthful snacks each day.
- Character Curriculum: Our “Path to Success” program incorporates daily activities focused on the eight character traits of grit, gratitude, optimism, empathy, citizenship, integrity, self-control and curiosity.
- Medical Care: Medical services, dental checkups, vision screening, hygiene clinic and mental health support services are all provided within our schools, including the first of its kind onsite medical clinic operated by MUSC at our Brentwood school.
- Community Outreach: Our “Backpack Buddies” program provides weekend food service to families in need.
We hire exceptional teachers and fully support them throughout their careers. Our program of ensuring great teachers includes:
- Embedded Professional Development: We conduct weekly all-staff professional development sessions and provide three times more professional development days than typical district schools.
- Dynamic Coaching: Teachers receive real-time, customized coaching via weekly or bi-weekly observation by their administrators and peer observations throughout the year. This constant constructive feedback is a crucial driver of positive student outcomes.
- Teaching Fellow Program: Novice teachers begin their careers with us as Teaching Fellows, allowing them to gain first-hand experience from a successful senior teacher before leading a classroom of their own.
- Meaningful Performance Reviews: Teachers meet with principals twice each year for formal in-person performance reviews featuring deep data review and actionable insights for improvement.
- Rewards for Excellence: High performing teachers are financially rewarded via a flexible salary scale that allows our best teachers to advance in compensation at an accelerated pace.