Lavinia and Ascend Public Charter Schools

We funded a partnership between Lavinia and Ascend, using a catalytic payment model – paying for successful outcomes.

Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,800 students in 15 schools across Brooklyn.

Lavinia Group is an organization that helps its partner schools and networks revitalize their literacy and math instruction through leader and teacher training. Lavinia’s leadership designed the highly successful literacy curriculum for Success Academies, a large charter network of high schools in New York City.

As part of this grant, Lavinia is working with the Ascend leadership team to revise Ascend’s mathematics instruction, audit current data systems, plan instructional design, and develop various instructional strategies. It is also implementing professional development and other trainings at Ascend. Much of the funding that Heckscher is providing is based on successful implementation of the Lavinia guidance and the students’ underlying success on interim assessments and state exams. Ascend has also committed a substantial percentage of Lavinia’s cost.

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