Monarch Academy Baltimore and The Children’s Guild launched a Community Revitalization Initiative in partnership with the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corp. to purchase and renovate vacant row houses as part of the school’s effort to support affordable housing and reinvest in the community.
“Monarch Academy Baltimore and The Children’s Guild are pleased to partner with the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello community to provide affordable housing opportunities for our teachers, families and neighbors to purchase completely renovated homes in our school’s neighborhood. This project is an integral part of our commitment to the community where we want people to learn, work and play,” said Andrew Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild.
The Children’s Guild purchased five row houses in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello community with five more home purchases closing in the next month and as many as 30 more in the future. The homes will be completely renovated with modern, open floor plans, new appliances, plumbing and wiring, new roofs and flooring and LED lighting. The Children’s Guild will sell the renovated homes at below market value starting at $100,000 and reinvest profits into Monarch Academy and the community.
In addition to the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corp., The Children’s Guild is partnering with K4 Associates–Nonstop Construction, The Debbie Cohen Team of Long and Foster Real Estate, Partners for the Common Good Loan Fund and Baltimore City for the project.
The Community Revitalization Initiative was launched at an event at Monarch Academy Baltimore with speakers Catherine Pugh, mayor of Baltimore; Mary Pat Clarke, member of the Baltimore City Council; Steven McAdams, executive director of the Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives; and Martha James-Hassan, member of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Attendees visited a home slated for renovation on Garrett Avenue.
“This is a forward-thinking, progressive partnership between Monarch Academy, the community and local government agencies committed to transforming and rebuilding a wonderful but challenged community,” said Mark Washington, executive director of Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corp.
In addition to community benefits, Children’s Guild Chief Academic Officer Nakia Nicholson said, “Monarch Academy Baltimore will integrate the Community Revitalization Initiative into the school’s curriculum. Students will engage in project-based learning using real-world experiences in the community and coordinated academic content throughout the school year to accelerate skill development.”
For more information, visit www.monarchbaltimorehomes.com.
Monarch Academy Baltimore is a public charter school operated by The Children’s Guild for students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Baltimore. Monarch Academy provides students with an enriched, rigorous, hands-on, academic curriculum emphasizing project-based learning and the arts and technology. In addition, Monarch Academy follows Transformation Education, an organizational philosophy that infuses a school’s beliefs and values into the look of the school building, instructional approach, teachers’ mindset and behavior and operating systems. (www.monarchacademy.org)
The Children’s Guild is an affiliate member of the TranZed Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of the TranZed Alliance also include Monarch Academy charter and contract schools, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Transformation Education Institute, the National At-Risk Education Network, the TranZed Conference Center, The National Children’s Guild Fund and TranZed Apprenticeship Services. (www.childrensguild.org)
First charter or contract school teacher to be a finalist
LAUREL, Md.—Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School’s Heather Carnaghan, who serves as a middle school project-based learning instructional guide, was named one of seven finalists for the 2018-2019 Maryland Teacher of the Year by the Maryland State Department of Education. Carnaghan was the first charter or contract school teacher to win the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year award and now is the first charter or contract school teacher to be a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
“Heather is a remarkable educator who truly exemplifies a strong passion for teaching that inspires all of us. Heather’s work in curriculum development and project-based learning, through the Transformation Education model and focusing on the whole child, is a strong example of the unique approach that Monarch Academy schools have brought to Maryland,” said Andrew L. Ross, president and CEO of TranZed Alliance, which operates Monarch Global Academy.
Carnaghan has more than 13 years of experience in the classroom and prides herself on the work she does mentoring students and building a great sense of community at Monarch Global Academy. This school year, she is supporting teachers in implementing project-based learning through co-teaching and collaboratively writing curriculum in the middle school. She also serves on the school’s leadership team, leads the hiring team and coordinates the school-wide Advancement Via Individual Determination program, designed to help students develop skills for college and career readiness.
“I am excited to have a platform to share the innovative practice that charter and contract schools bring to the table,” Carnaghan said.
Carnaghan is starting her fifth year at Monarch Global Academy. Carnaghan has taught kindergarten, third, seventh and eighth grades. Previously, she taught second and fifth grades at Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie. She began her career teaching in a Title I school in Prince George’s County and also taught in a charter school in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Carnaghan is a National Board Certified and Renewed Teacher. She holds an Administrator I certification from McDaniel College, a master’s degree in teaching reading from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership through the University of Maryland.
“We at Monarch Global Academy are incredibly proud of Heather as an educator and state finalist,” Monarch Global Academy Principal Donna O’Shea said. “Heather is organized, communicates clearly with a definitive knowledge of education, and approaches her responsibilities with enthusiasm. She is a very talented and skilled individual.”
The 2018-2019 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced on Oct. 12, 2018.
Monarch Global Academy, an affiliate of the TranZed Alliance, is a public contract school in Laurel, Maryland, for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, operating under the Transformation Education philosophy that infuses a school’s beliefs and values into the look of the school building, instructional approach, teachers’ mindset and behavior and operating systems. Monarch Global Academy is an International Baccalaureate school, emphasizing transdisciplinary learning and international-mindedness. In addition, the school offers an information technology curriculum. (www.monarchacademy.org)
TranZed Alliance holds national at-risk education conference in Baltimore
BALTIMORE—The National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) and TranZed Alliance, affiliate organizations that serve children, families and child-serving professionals, will hold the 16th annual NAREN-TranZed National Conference, “Caring for the Whole Child: Mind, Body & Spirit,” for educators, clinicians, counselors and leaders who work with at-risk students.
This national conference held annually in Maryland has expanded in attendance and will take place Oct. 18 to 19, 2018, for the first time at The Baltimore Convention Center at 1 W. Pratt St. in Baltimore.
“We are excited with our growth in attendance to bring the NAREN-TranZed National Conference to The Baltimore Convention Center this year and engage with child-serving professionals from across the country together to learn the skills necessary to make a positive difference,” said Frank Kros, director of NAREN-TranZed. “Rooted in the belief that building adult capacity improves student outcomes, we’ll provide comprehensive proven skills for working with at-risk students in a wide variety of contexts.”
The conference will offer nationally recognized keynote speakers, over 95 breakout sessions, youth performances and networking opportunities. Conference topics include relationship building, instructional strategies, motivation and engagement, behavior management, trauma-responsive education, crisis management and staff well-being.
Keynote and featured speakers include:
- Joyce Cooper-Kahn, clinical child psychologist and author, will present keynote address “Understanding Executive Functioning in Children and Teens: Why Does It Matter?”
- Baruti Kafele, master teacher, transformational school leader and author, will present keynote address “Closing the Attitude Gap!”
- Shauna King, educational consultant, TranZed Institute speaker, adjunct faculty member at LaSalle University and author, will lead three breakout sessions.
- Frank Kros, president of the Transformation Education Institute and author, will lead breakout sessions and present the closing keynote address.
- Steve Parese, cognitive-behavioral specialist, teacher and author, will lead four breakout sessions.
- John Tan, author of “Reaching the Whole Child” and “The Singapore Experience” will present a keynote address.
To learn more and register for the conference, visit www.narentranzed.org. Early bird registration is available through Sept. 14.
The NAREN-TranZed National At-Risk Education Network is a private, nonprofit educational agency dedicated to promoting the success of at-risk youth in schools and supporting the professionals who work on their behalf. NAREN-TranZed is part of TranZed Alliance, the parent company of The Children’s Guild, headquartered in Baltimore.
TranZed Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of TranZed Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy Public Charter Schools, TranZed Academy for Working Students, TranZed Apprenticeships Services, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, TranZed Institute, the National At-Risk Education Network, the TranZed Alliance Conference Center and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)