School for Early Development and Achievement Inc

aka SEDA   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  www.mcfi.net

Mission

SEDA's mission is to increase developmental competencies and educational achievement of young children as a strong foundation for learning and success throughout their lives.

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MCFI Children's Programs address our community's growing need for innovative early education and treatment for high risk children with special needs (because of developmental delays and severe economic disadvantage). We offer a full spectrum of professional services to help children with disabilities; profound medical issues and special needs reach their full potential. Collectively, these programs provide a continuum of care for children and their families in need of medical and educational interventions.

The School for Early Development and Achievement (SEDA): MCFI’s School for Early Development & Achievement, founded in 2001, is a free and inclusive public school chartered through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It accepts Milwaukee children in K3 to second grade with or without disabilities. It is the only Charter School in Wisconsin serving a significant population of children identified with developmental disabilities. The program’s purpose is to ensure students receive the educational foundation they need to succeed in the third grade and beyond, especially in the core subjects of literacy and math. It is designed to be a model for other educational programs serving children with disabilities. SEDA offers an individualized educational plan for every child that is tailored to each child’s unique needs. The certified staff includes teachers, therapists and aides. The school offers families support and resources from the day their child is enrolled in the SEDA program.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of children enrolled in SEDA attained the individualized goals set in their school plan. Academic achievements are measured using well-established assessment tools: the Measures of Academic Progress, the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills, the Qualitative Reading Inventory and the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening.

Ruling year info

2001

Vice President

Tracey Sparrow, DEd

Main address

Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Building 2020 W. Wells Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233 USA

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EIN

39-2020392

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Educational

The major features of SEDA include: (1) an individualized, balanced early literacy instructional model;
 

 

(2) a collaborative professional teaching community where data drives decision-making; (3) the use of a Response to Intervention Model in a full inclusion classroom setting; and (4) comprehensive educational support services to families. 
 

 

SEDA’S innovative Instructional Model is the strength of the school program.  In collaboration with
 

 

parents, SEDA teachers develop an individualized learning plan (the SEDA Plan) for each pupil.  The
 

 

SEDA Plan includes age-appropriate, academic and social learning benchmarks drawn from the SEDA Curriculum, (Creative Curriculum, Everyday Mathematics, and Reading Mastery).  The performance benchmarks are identified through initial screening and serve as the template for individual performance goals and outcomes.  All decisions related to classroom organization, instructional planning and implementation, and student progress reporting are based on pupil performance data.  Pupil progress relative to the SEDA plan benchmarks and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction curriculum standards, are reviewed annually to assure compliance with state instructional standards.

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School for Early Development and Achievement Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/5/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Howard L Garber

Milwaukee Center for Independence

Sandy Botham Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

David Cipriano Assistant Professor

Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Jim Hartwig Retired

Northwestern Mutual

Mark Simms Director of Child Development

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Tracey Sparrow Vice President, Children's Programs

Milwaukee Center for Independence

Jim Henry

No Affiliation

Karen Cohen Director of Development

Milwaukee Center for Independence

Richard Zalewski Vice President, Finance

Milwaukee Center for Independence

Jennifer Stillman Managing Director, Senior Banker

J.P. Morgan

Nicola Ciurro Principal

School for Early Development and Achievement