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Action Research: A CAPE Charter School Imperative
Administration and teachers at CAPE actively engage in action research projects each year. Here are a few of our research studies.
The goal of this project is to support the students’ acquisition of tools that will further develop their emotional IQ, i.e. their ability to function emotionally within the classroom and to increase student engagement and therefore student performance.
This project aims to increase student engagement within the second language classes via mentorship and, as a result, increase student comprehension and appreciation of the beauty of other cultures and languages.
The goal of this project is to increase the amount of time on task and the general quality of student work through the engagement of students in a long-term project that embeds relevant curricular and life skills.
The goal of this project is to
The goal of this project is to enhance and build strong beginning reader skills and a solid foundation in reading among the K children.
The question that this project aims to answer is whether or not CAPE's Total Integration program increases student engagement and, therefore student achievement. The study group is limited to grade 4 through 9 students.
The question that this project aims to answer is whether or not CAPE’s Total Integration program increases student engagement and, therefore student achievement. The study group is limited to grade 4 through 9 students.
The second language program has been restructured into what can best be described as culture-based second language. It intertwines vocabulary and grammar with cultural elements of the various peoples across the globe that speak the language.
Parental feedback and teacher observations during the implementation of CAPE’s Gifted/Talented Project suggest that younger talented or gifted students might benefit from a similar project. The number of gifted students at CAPE has increased so that almost half of the grades four and five are students which fall into this category. Their program requirements have indicated the need for a homogeneous group in which to learn.
The purpose of this project was to increase physical fitness through nutrition and fitness initiatives, to increase mental well-being through bullying, anger management, problem solving, and conflict resolution programs, and to increase social health through volunteerism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and citizenry.
A program has been developed to address the emotional, social, and academic needs of this group of gifted or talented students. It’s goal is to increase academic achievement particularly in language, mathematics, social studies, science, and technology as well as to increase social/personal skills such as group interaction, problem solving, self-direction, independence, and organization.
CAPE, in an effort to promote students’ personal growth, developed a diversified multi-interest set of 'community outreach' projects. These projects cater to a variety of student needs and interests, afford students the opportunity to interact with the community, support the academic program, foster the development of citizenry and interpersonal skills, and encourage the acquisition of conflict resolution and decision-making skills.
To promote the development of literacy skills, and reading in particular, within the at risk student population and to support the continued language development of those that are already doing very well, CAPE developed the Enrichment/Remedial Language Program.
The goal of this project was twofold; first, to develop teacher capacity to deliver high-quality learning experiences, and second, to develop my skill set to work with individual teachers (recognizing different learning needs, styles, paces, motivating factors, etc.) to build the human capital with the school.
This project measures the engagement of students on three levels:
The goal of this project is to increase students’ problem solving ability levels via peer mentorship as well as immersing the students in problem solving activities that foster divergent thinking skills as well as critical thinking skills, while increasing confidence and engagement.
The goal of this project is to develop students’ executive function skills and increase student engagement.
This project aims to increase the students’ ability to focus, to stay on task, to interact respectfully and effectively, and to engage in the learning.
The goal of this project is to provide students with a tool that allows them to make study notes so that they can then study the curriculum goals covered as well as the other concepts presented in class. The desired outcome is an increase in student achievement as demonstrated through an increase in test scores.