We recently heard from one of our leading schools in CA that the Curriculum will be implemented school-wide, involving 1400 students: “Our Curriculum and Assessment Council voted to use the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum school-wide for both Fenton Primary Center and Fenton Avenue Charter School for the 2011-2012 school year. The teachers that implemented the program this year had so many positive comments to share with our entire staff. One of the teachers commented that it was her "favorite" thing to teach during the week.
Glenda Stagg, Federal Coordinator at Clinton School District and Director of Clinton's Arkansas School of the 21st Century, recently got very good news from the Arkansas Department of Education. Clinton Junior High and Clinton High School have been awarded a 21CCLC grant to offer before- and after-school programs for students. Stagg collaborated with Deb Swink and her school-based mental health staff members to incorporate the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum into the grant RFP. Tammie Cloyes, Director of the ADE 21CCLC Programs, expressed enthusiasm regarding use of the Curriculum for older students. Two main focus areas of the after-school program will be Mutt-i-grees® and the Young Entrepreneurs program. The 21CCLC grant is a multi-year grant and will allow the students to participate in many exciting activities.
Ryder Elementary School (P.S. 114) in Brooklyn, NY is the newest member of the Mutt-i-grees® network. Approximately 30 educators were introduced to the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum as part of staff development training on September 7, 2011. Previously, Ryder's principal and teachers explored the feasibility of implementing the Curriculum and the potential benefits to their school. The Curriculum will be implemented school-wide during the 2011-2012 school year, reaching students in preK to fifth grade.
On September 24, 2011, North Shore Animal League and the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum were featured at the Urban Parent Expo in Brooklyn, NY. Parents, educators, and children of all ages attended the event and had a blast at our “Make Your Own Mutt-i-gree®” arts and crafts table. Children were also able to read a book to Victoria, a Mutt-i-grees® therapy dog. The North Shore Animal League mobile adoption unit even found homes for two Mutt-i-grees®!
Originally a Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum pilot site, Fenton School has been a strong supporter of the Mutt-i-grees® Movement. Recently, the entire staff participated in professional development sessions on the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum. Approximately 100 educators attended the training and shared their success stories with us. We are so excited to continue our relationship with Fenton!