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New Paradigm for Education Newsletter

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Issue 1, Winter 2013


Weekly Education News & Policy Update

Partner News & In the News

New Paradigm for Education lauded for College Advance Initiative

Ralph Bland, CEO of New Paradigm for Education, was recently lauded by the national College Achievement Network for New Paradigm’s work to pilot a college readiness framework called the College Advance Initiative. The initiative includes forming Persistence Teams to support and better understand their students’ needs through college, offering workshops for parents around topics such as FAFSA and college match and using Mytonomy, a service that uses videos to pass college advice from college students to future college-goers.


NPFE Receives Grant

on 26 July 2012

New Paradigm for Education receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant for $200,000 to replicate school success in Detroit.

New Paradigm for Education (NPFE) of Detroit, Michigan replication model is showing great promise and yielding tremendous success in Detroit one school at a time. The nonprofit organization is receiving support to replicate the highly successful model of one of Detroit’s top performing schools, Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) for two formerly run Detroit Public Schools, now under NPFE management.

The replication project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Mich.

“We are looking to replicate the success that DEPSA has consistently produced over the years by implementing a school turn-around model at these school sites which will require a combination of both start-up and training resources in the DEPSA model,” said Ralph C. Bland, superintendent of DEPSA and chief executive officer of NPFE. “Our turnaround team is truly thankful for this opportunity made possible by WKKF to continue our work in building a world class educational program for the children in the City of Detroit.

The chief goal of the replication project is to provide more high quality schools for Detroit’s children by successfully replicating successful academic and culture building models that work.

In order to accomplish this goal, NPFE will focus on the following: 1) Expanding the organization’s infrastructure ; 2) Developing a Performance Management System; 3) Developing strategic partners including charter operators that have successfully replicated schools; 4) Evaluating and refining DEPSA’s model into training modules to impact more school aged children; 5) Providing quality educational programming in Detroit’s most underserved neighborhoods.

“With absolute determination, we are convinced that our approach will have an immediate and long-term impact on student achievement and growth for our young people who deserve the very best we have to offer them,” Bland said.

New Paradigm for Education (NPFE) is a nonprofit Charter Management Organization (CMO) that specializes in maximizing student learning potential through proven education practices and managing all phases of school design, planning, and program implementation. The group consists of local educational practitioners, community advocates and business leaders who have dedicated years of service to children in Detroit. Currently, NPFE oversees the nationally recognized school, Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA), the Early College of Excellence, New Paradigm Glazer Academy, and New Paradigm Loving Academy all located in high need areas. Programs under NPFE’s guidance continue to demonstrate student growth, fiscal responsibility and civic engagement. For more information, please contact us at www.wkkf.org.


NPFE recognized for College Advance Initiative

Weekly Education News & Policy Update

September 22-28, 2012

Partner News & In the News

New Paradigm for Education lauded for College Advance Initiative

Ralph Bland, CEO of New Paradigm for Education, was recently lauded by the national College Achievement Network for New Paradigm’s work to pilot a college readiness framework called the College Advance Initiative. The initiative includes forming Persistence Teams to support and better understand their students’ needs through college, offering workshops for parents around topics such as FAFSA and college match and using Mytonomy, a service that uses videos to pass college advice from college students to future college-goers.


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