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Plainville High School Selected To Participate in "Project Opening Doors"

Plainville High School is one of 16 state high schools in Connecticut selected to participate in the "Project Opening Doors" Program, according to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Binkowski. An opening ceremony for students, faculty, administrators, and guests, was held on September 8 to kick off the program at Plainville High School.

Led by ExxonMobil, the grant funded program was developed by a group of private donors interested in improving student achievement in math, science, and language arts. Project Opening Doors, Connecticut's National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), applied for and received a grant from NMSI in 2007 to be a partner in this effort. The primary goal of NMSI and Project Opening Doors is to increase the number of students scoring three or higher on Advanced Placement Math, Science and English exams. The initiative is served by partnering with Project Opening Doors to provide advanced placement teacher training and incentive programs for schools in the state. Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. (APS) developed these programs to increase participation in advanced placement and pre-advanced placement courses and success on associated exams.

Plainville High School will be required to implement proven strategies to significantly increase the number of students taking and receiving qualifying scores in Advance Placement Program courses and exams. These strategies include extensive formal and informal training of Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement faculty members, financial incentives based on academic results, and cultivation of teachers to provide leadership through peer mentoring. Project Opening Doors will provide resources, assistance, and evaluation to enhance the overall success of the program. The grant funded program, which begins this year, will run through the 2013-14 school year.

"We are extremely excited about growing the numbers and the results in our Advanced Placement Program. This grant is a tremendous stimulus," said Plainville High School Principal, Greg Ziogas.

"Project Opening Doors provides an unprecedented opportunity for our students as we support them in achieving higher levels of success in their future. Mr. Ziogas and the high school staff are to be commended for their leadership in pursuing this very rigorous grant," noted Binkowski.

-Posted on September 21, 2009 at 01:44 PM

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