Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice

URBAN ASSEMBLY SCHOOL FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE

School Description

The Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice seeks to prepare young women for college success. We provide an academically rigorous curriculum that reflects the core set of knowledge and skills necessary for admissions to and graduation from the nation’s top universities. Embracing the theme of criminal justice we develop our students into critical thinkers who rely on evidence logic and sound reasoning to formulate ideas and to support them. These critical thinking skills will serve them well in any field they eventually choose to pursue. Our school community allows adolescents to transition into adulthood in an environment which supports emotional, physical and intellectual growth.

Arts Leadership Team

Mariela Graham, principal- graham@uascriminaljustice.org

Kelliann Moller, assistant principal- kmoller@uascriminaljustice.org

Nicole Marino, drama teacher- nmarino@uascriminaljustice.org

Chelsea Ranno, art teacher- cranno@uascriminaljustice.org

FOUR-YEAR PLAN GOALS

Goal One: To increase visibility and production standard of theatre arts.

Goal Two: To establish a Photo and Graphic Design program that allows students to build skills through course scope and sequencing.

APPROACH

Goal One: Through professional development and equipment purchases, they will be building their capacity to hold high-quality, public student performances of the work of the drama department.

Goal Two: Through professional development and equipment purchases, they will add new course offerings to the visual arts department.

ARTS PARTNERSHIPS

Goal One: The visual art teacher will participate in professional learning workshops from Magic Box Productions and International Center of Photography. Magic Box will also conduct in school residencies.

Goal Two: The theatre teacher is considering partnering with Technical Artisans Collective to assist her in developing a stagecraft class.

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

Goal One: The impact of this four-year plan will persist even after the full implementation of the grant because of certain structures and decisions that are included in the planning.  Specifically:

  • The materials and resources for improved lighting and sound related to theater will still be at UASCJ.
  • The knowledge and skills gained from professional development related to sound, lighting and stage management will continue to inform their Drama teacher’s courses and curricula.
  • After four years, the institutional memory and tradition of having a full theater production will be well-ingrained in the school.  This will ensure that the communication systems and culture surrounding theater production will continue to be a crucial supportive and motivating piece of the school.

Goal Two: The impact of this four-year plan will persist even after the full implementation of the grant because of certain structures and decisions that are included in the planning.  Specifically:

  • Their enrollment cannot increase more than what it is this year (2016-2017).  Therefore, scheduling and space concerns, once addressed during these grant-years, will not be an issue.
  • The curriculum and scope and sequence will live in the school as part of their institutional memory and documentation.
  • By including the college counselor and the enrichment coordinator, the potential impact on students’ lives and experiences will be well-known not only to all staff members.  This will help maintain the practices of seeking and applying to arts-based enrichment programs.
  • The administration has already demonstrated a commitment to increased hiring in the Arts department. They do not anticipate any reduction in Arts teaching staff.
  • The materials and resources obtained over the four years of the grant will continue to be used and the administration is committed to replacing and upgrading them when necessary.
  • After four years, the relationships made with external organizations will be solid, and UASCJ will continue to maintain strong communication with these organizations.

Four-Year Plan will be completed in Spring of 2020.