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                           Crosswood, Inc.
                         2009 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report



                                                     Learn
 Believe                                                Page 6

   Page 4




                                                                        Succeed
                                                                               Page 8




  Pathways Mission
  To enable our students to acquire the skills they need to succeed in school,
  career and life through individualized education and supports.
                                               Adopted by Crosswood, Inc. June 24, 2002
A Message from Executive Director and CEO
           Dr. Helen C. Williams
T
T    he Pathways Schools as an organization continues to
     be positioned for success and serve as an example of
                                                                   making, therapeutic horseback riding, Hip-Hop dance, and
                                                                   creative murals supported both the academic and therapeu-
developing and using best practices in the field of special        tic programming. These activities also fostered creativity,
education for emotionally disturbed youth. In the last year,       social skills, as well as developing multiple talents and inter-
the value of team leadership and synergy among the sites           ests. Visual art in general reached new levels of expression
in problem solving and providing support to each other             and quality under the leadership of art teacher Stephen
culminated in an astounding enrollment of 165 students             Mead. Several students entered their artwork and received
at the end of the school year. The increased enrollment            recognition and awards in a community art contest. These
was matched with a surge of academic accomplishments               pieces and others were exhibited at the artdc.org gallery
throughout the year as a large number of students passed           in the Hyattsville Arts District (see page 5 of this report).
the mandated high school assessments and/ or participated              The intent of this message is to demonstrate that the vision
in the state’s Bridge Plan to meet course requirements for         and mission of Pathways, which is to enable our students to
graduation.                                                        acquire the skills they need to succeed in school, career and
   This academic success was supported by an array of              life through individualized education and supports, contin-
traditional and alternative therapeutic programs that chan-        ues to thrive. With the continuum of diverse quality services
neled students’ social and emotional behaviors into a posi-        provided by our various programs it is evident that we are
tive, productive mode. Students became more able to                able to meet the individual needs of our students. This year
believe in themselves and their ability to learn and so were       the Pathways vision and mission was invigorated by the
able to succeed. Activities such as Hoop-Ed, wilderness            theme, “Believe, Learn, Succeed”. I trust you will enjoy
camping and white water rafting, slam poetry, jewelry              reading how that transpired in the pages that follow.




                                               The Pathways Schools
                   Pathways-Anne Arundel — Community-based transition program for ages 15-21
                                8055 Ritchie Hwy. #302 • Pasadena, MD 21122

                        Pathways Crossland Re-Entry — Mainstreaming program for ages 13-19
                                   6901 Temple Hill Rd. • Temple Hills, MD 20748

                          Pathways DuVal Re-Entry — Mainstreaming program for ages 13-19
                                     9880 Good Luck Rd. • Lanham, MD 20706

                        Pathways-Edgewood — Continuum of transition services for ages 15-21
                                801 University Blvd. West • Silver Spring, MD 20901

                                Pathways-Hyattsville — Academic program for ages 9-14
                                   3401 East West Hwy #240 • Hyattsville, MD 20782

                        Pathways-Northwood — School-based diploma program for ages 13-21
                                1200 University Blvd. West • Silver Spring, MD 20902

                           Pathways-Springville — Mainstreaming preparation for ages 13-19
                                2601 University Blvd. West • Silver Spring, MD 20902




                                                               1
A Message from Crosswood Inc. President
              Dorothy Brown
R    eflecting on this past year we are extremely proud and
       excited about the continuing excellence of The Path-
                                                                     present achievements and continuing to offer direction and
                                                                     support in maintaining the level of excellence and success
ways Schools. The students, staff and administration’s com-          by being data driven, progressive and innovative in our
mitment to the schools’ mission and performance has been             preparation to meet new challenges and opportunities in
honored with a “Schools of Excellence” Award from the Na-            the future success of the Pathways Schools.
tional Association of Special Education Teachers. The Path-             The Board appreciates and will continue to advocate for
ways class of 2009 was the first class in which all students         the needs of our special students. The Board Members are
living in Maryland were required to pass state exams in or-          constantly aware of the awesome task the Pathways organi-
der to receive a diploma. In further evidence of Pathways            zation has done and is doing. This work includes modeling
excellence, not a single one of our Maryland graduates was           and re-modeling programs to meet the changing needs of
deterred from receiving a state diploma by this requirement.         students and local education authorities and in response to
The success of Pathways during 2008-2009 is demonstrated             legislative initiatives; work which must be done while still
by the fact that we had a shortage of student space at one of        embracing and preserving the trust that parents, students
our programs and an inquiry to expand our model to an-               and the greater community has for The Pathways’ Schools
other jurisdiction.                                                  excellent programs.
    While achieving success is something to celebrate, the              Quoting Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do; ex-
challenge is to maintain it. The Board of Directors with the         cellence then is not an act, but a habit.” It is indeed a habit
staff faces this challenge by being reflective of our past and       promoted by the Board and exhibited by the Pathways staff.




  Board of Directors, Crosswood, Inc.                                Crosswood, Inc./The Pathways Schools
              Dorothy Brown, President                                    Statement of Support, Revenue Expenses,
                                                                                  and Changes in Net Assets
           Doris Goodlett, Vice President                                For the Years Ended June 30, 2009 and 2008
             Donald Newton, Treasurer
                                                                 Support and Revenues                   2009            2008
           Dr. Ernest Leach, Jr., Secretary                      Tuition and Fees                   $ 8,143,306     $ 7,361,433
              Dr. Marquessa Brown,                               Interest Income                         572.00             769
          Northwood Presbyterian Church                              Total Support and Revenue        8,143,878       7,362,202
                  Al Minnigh,                                    Expenses
          Northwood Presbyterian Church
                                                                 Program Services                     7,140,312       6,408,086
                 Sandra Pincus-Rush,                                                                    608,400         638,357
                                                                 Supporting Services
                 Community-at-Large
                                                                     Total Expenses                   7,748,712       7,046,443
                Stacey Sharpless,
                                                                 Excess of Support and Revenue
          Northwood Presbyterian Church
                                                                   Over Expenses                        395,166         315,759
                Gene Weithoner,
          Northwood Presbyterian Church                          Net Assets at Beginning of Year        822,175         506,416

           Judith McPhie, Board Secretary                        Net Assets at End of Year          $ 1,217,341      $ 822,175



                                                                 2
A Message from Director of Programs
             Dr. Tania DuBeau
 I   believe that life is a journey, often difficult but we are
     well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents
                                                                            horseback riding program, participated in individual
                                                                            and group therapy, and created artwork.
   and gifts and allow them to blossom.                                     •      Students aimed to earn a high school diploma
                                  ~Adapted from Les Brown               which, beginning in 2009, required Maryland students to
                                                                        pass the High School Assessments (HSA). The way in which
   Whether it’s learning to read a word, write a paragraph,             students successfully met the new testing requirement
share one’s feelings, or shoot a basketball, the premise for all        included studying test preparation materials, taking the HSA
Pathways students is that they deserve the opportunity to               multiple times, utilizing accommodations such as verbatim
discover their talents and enhance their gifts. The path to             reading, taking the modified version of the HSA, and com-
discovering who they are and what they wish to become                   pleting Bridge projects.
begins with believing in their own potential. This kind of                  The journey to success for every Pathways student is
confidence is gained step by step, as students are encour-              uniquely their own, although several students may be striving
aged not only to identify their goals, but also given a range           for the same outcomes. These could include moving on
of experiences that help them to achieve success.                       from middle school to high school, mainstreaming into a
 • Students worked toward learning how to read a novel                  public school, earning a high school diploma, getting job
   or solve a math problem. To achieve these goals stu-                 experience, making a friend, or reading a book. Just as the
   dents engaged in structured reading programs, utilized               journey differs, so does the evidence of its conclusion. It can
   computer-based programs, benefitted from small class-                be seen in the smiling faces of students receiving awards or
   es tailored to provide more intensive academic support,              scholarships acknowledging their efforts; in the artwork in
   and studied individually with tutors.                                public buildings or in art shows; in the words of parents
 • Students expressed a desire to obtain employment in                  speaking at graduation ceremonies; in the points scored by
   the community. Examples of the way in which students                 students participating on public high school teams; in the
   prepared for the world of work included volunteering at              first college transcript; and in the pile of toys collected by a
   a hospital, participating in the Young Entrepreneur Pro-             student to donate to a local charity. The path that our stu-
   gram, joining the Work Crew, learning to cook, and on-               dents take to discover themselves and their future begins
   the-job training.                                                    with believing in themselves, progresses through learning
 • Students learned how to deal with their feelings and to              about their world, and ends in diverse experiences of success.
   develop their relationships with their peers and adults.             This journey is only the beginning and becomes the first
   To enhance their social skills students played basketball            layer of a foundation on which students may build toward
   in HoopEd, cared for and rode horses in the therapeutic              future accomplishments in the community beyond school.



          A School of Excellence                                                   Program Information
       The Pathways Schools received a                                         Total number of students served: 203
     “Schools of Excellence” Award from
                                                                                      Average enrollment: 157
      the National Association of Special
         Education Teachers (NASET).                                      Gender                     County/Local School System
     Each year NASET recognizes private                                 26 % female                    Prince George’s 55.5%
     special education schools that “meet                                74 % male                    District of Columbia 21%
       rigorous professional criteria and                                                                Anne Arundel 11%
     have demonstrated truly exceptional                                  Ethnicity                   Montgomery County 10%
         dedication, commitment and                                African American 82%                 Baltimore County 1%
           achievement in the field                               European American 14%                  Baltimore City 1%
             of special education.”                                Hispanic American 4%                       Other .5%


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          Believe
            Students at Pathways are enabled to grow in self-awareness and confidence through a comprehensive
            program of therapeutic support. This includes individual and group counseling, social skills education
                 and behavior management as well as family support. Additional activities deepen and expand
               the therapeutic environment and encourage students to believe in themselves and their abilities.


    Therapeutic Horseback Riding                                                      HoopEd
   During this program at the Rock Creek Horse              This unique program that uses basketball to teach life skills and
Center, students learn as much about themselves          develop respect for self and others has been part of Pathways for
as they do about horses. In weekly sessions at the       more than a decade and this year was recognized for being a
stable, they realize that they can responsibly care      significant partner in building the school’s therapeutic environment
for an animal and can relate to and control a horse      (see page 14). HoopEd is open to all students regardless of skill level
that is many times larger than they are.                 or experience, the only requirement being a commitment to attend
                                                         every session and finish the program. Students learn skills for basket-
                                                         ball and, more importantly, to cooperate on a team, encourage
                                                         others, and persevere even when challenged.
 Student Assistance Program (SAP)
    In 1997 Pathways was the first nonpublic special
education school to participate in Montgomery
County Public Schools Safe and Drug-Free Schools
and Communities Project and to have staff trained
in the project’s school-based intervention program,
     .
SAP The comprehensive program has expanded to
help students gain skills in areas such as conflict
resolution, drug prevention, problem-solving, anti-
bullying and healthy living. This year, the SAP’s
annual school-wide pep rally in support of positive
life choices was an occasion to celebrate student
talent and creativity and to foster school spirit.


                                                             HoopEd in action
                    Wilderness Education

                                                                               Each year Pathways students camp overnight
                                                                            at Rolling Ridge, a nature preserve on 1400
                                                                            acres of protected forest bordering the Appala-
                                                                            chian Trail and the Shenandoah River in West
                                                                            Virginia. Being able to experience nature, even
                                                                            for a short time, is significant for students from
                                                                            an urban setting. In addition to sleeping in the
                                                                            woods, telling stories around a campfire and
                                                                            fishing in a nearby pond, a highlight of the
                                                                            trip is river rafting, an activity that never fails to
                                                                            provide adventure, excitement, and in the end,
                                                                            pride in accomplishment.

The campfire while camping at Rolling Ridge

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                      Students who have been assisted to believe in themselves and their abilities
                                have the confidence to express themselves artistically.


       Study, Creativity and a Stairwell
   Pathways-Anne Arundel students created two stunning
murals on the curved brick wall of the stairwell in the
building that houses their school. After studying the works
of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt and the German
expressionist Paul Klee, they created a design inspired by
the distinct style of each artist. The project, which was con-
ceived and guided by Pathways educator and artist Stella
Breen-Franklin, integrated history, architecture and art.




                                                                      The Klee-inspired cityscape in the stairwell



                                                                   Community Art Contest Sparks Expression
                                                                    A promotional art contest sponsored by The Enclave, a Silver
                                                                 Spring apartment complex, was the motivation chosen by art
                                                                 teacher Stephen Mead to encourage students from throughout
                                                                 Pathways toward new levels of artistic expression. The contest
                                                                 was public and open to anyone, including professional as well
                                                                 as amateur and student artists. Several Pathways student artists
                                                                 chose to submit their work and were finalists in the contest; one
                                                                 received an award. All the recognized artists had their work
                                                                 displayed in the building lobby and in an online gallery.




Students at work on the Klimt-inspired mural




   Pathways Artists Given Showing at
   Gallery in Hyattsville Arts District
   The quality of the Pathways students’ artwork this
year merited further display. It was showcased at the
reception marking the opening of the new Pathways-
Hyattsville site. Immediately following this show, se-
lected works were exhibited at the artdc.org gallery in
the center of the Hyattsville Arts District.                     Winning artwork highlighting “E” for “Enclave”


                                                                  5
          Learn
              The foremost part of Pathways’ mission is “to enable our students to acquire the skills they need to
            succeed in school”; our credo states first that we believe our students can learn. To that end, Pathways
         is committed to implementing a comprehensive program of individualized education designed to meet the
         unique learning needs and goals of each student. Each of our schools has an emphasis tailored to the goals
         of the students who attend there, and within those parameters, each child experiences still another layer of
          individualization through his or her own education plan. Our teachers use an array of strategies to tap the
        potential of each student’s learning style and use a variety of creative avenues to help the students overcome
         obstacles both to accessing information and to expressing their growing knowledge and self-understanding.


  Meeting the Assessment Challenge                                            A New Site for Learning
   The challenge for Pathways’ seniors this year was             In March, The Pathways School-Hyattsville moved to a new
not only study and learn as much as possible, but also       site. The space was designed with input from special educators
to be able to communicate that knowledge in order to         in order specifically to meet the learning and programming
meet the requirements of the Maryland State Depart-          needs of the Pathways students. It includes spacious classrooms
ment of Education and receive a diploma. The evidence        with natural lighting, a computer science lab, multi-purpose
of how well our students learned while in high school        room for assemblies and rooms for counseling and therapy.
could be and was given several ways. Some students
passed exams, The High School Assessments (HSAs), in
four academic contents areas. Others, for whom exams
are not a viable means of measuring their knowledge,
completed “The Bridge Plan for Academic Validation”
in the appropriate content area. The Bridge Plan com-
prises a project that can include reports, essays, papers
or experiments. Pathways commitment to individual-
ized instruction enabled our educators to support each
student to uniquely demonstrate their mastery of the
content area being evaluated. As a result, not a single
one of our Maryland graduates was deterred from re-
ceiving a state diploma by the HSA requirement.


                                                             The library and therapy room at the new Hyattsville site

                                                                 The staff and students at Pathways-Hyattsville didn’t miss a
                                                             beat adjusting to their new environment and continuing to
                                                             teach and learn creatively. Earlier in the year, students had
                                                             worked with story-teller Arianna Ross to learn techniques for
                                                             self-expression while exploring folk tales rooted in African
                                                             American history. Once at their new site, they worked with mu-
                                                             ral artist David Cunningham to create artwork based on the sto-
                                                             ries they had crafted with Arianna.
                                                                 The students acquired another communication tool as they
    A student                                                learned basic American Sign Language (ASL) in a special class
   working on                                                every Friday. Pathways students regularly attend groups on
     a science                                               “transition”, where they discuss the challenges they will face as
    project as
                                                             they grow into young adults and begin to earn a living. Among
    part of his
   Bridge Plan                                               careers that the Hyattsville transition group considered this
                                                             year was that of becoming an interpreter. The group visited

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Gallaudet University and saw interpreters in action. The
visit inspired the students to learn ASL, and a special
class was set up taught by a visiting teacher from Gal-
laudet who was interning at Pathways. The students
                                                                                                                    The mural
learned basic signs and about deaf culture and had the                                                              created by
opportunity to consider how those with a disability can                                                             Hyattsville
communicate and succeed despite obstacles. The class                                                                students
had a positive effect on the wider learning environment of                                                          working with
                                                                                                                    visiting visual
Pathways-Hyattsville as students learned to communicate
                                                                                                                    artist David
some requests, such as being excused to get a drink of                                                              Cunningham
water, without interrupting the teacher, simply by using ASL.



                                               Arts and Learning
             Over the years, Pathways educators have realized that the arts offer an alternative means for students
                to assimilate new information and to demonstrate what they have learned. The arts can be a
             motivational tool, a key to unlock doors to understanding and self-awareness, and a powerful means
                   of communication. At Pathways, they are an integral part of learning in many classrooms.


         Percussive Dance and                                        Learning the Language of Hip Hop
       the American Experience                               In a project called “Can You Read Me?” that included a series of
  The Pathways School-Anne Arundel hosted                 dance workshops, Language Arts students at The Pathways School-
dance artist Eileen Carson and the Footworks              Springville explored the relationship between the rhythms of contem-
percussive dance ensemble for a performance               porary poetry and hip hop dance. The project culminated in the
and series of workshops that used movement                students’ performance of choreography they had created based on a
and folk dance to help students gain a fuller             poetic phrase or prose poem.
understanding of the multicultural aspects of
American history.                                                            Write! Learn! Animate!
                                                             Students at The Pathways School-Edgewood created individual
                                                          short films using computer animation. In workshops at a visual arts and
                                                          television studio in Greenbelt, the students learned skills they needed
                                                          to produce their films, which were based on scripts they had devel-
                                                          oped and written in Language Arts class.

                                                                             A Celebration of Poetry
                                                             At Pathways Crossland Re-Entry students explored the possibilities
                                                          of poetic expression in classes taught by poet Carol Peck. With her
                                                          guidance and encouragement, the students created a journal of
The closing dance circle during the percussive dance      their poems that was published and distributed to staff, parents and the
arts residency at Pathways-Anne Arundel                   wider Pathways community.


                            These arts residencies were made possible through grants from
                   The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County    • The Maryland State Arts Council
                                     The Washington Post Educational Foundation


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           Succeed
                 While believing in yourself and being able to learn are integral to achieving an education, for
               Pathways students success matters most when high school has been completed and they embark
               upon the broader paths of independence, employment, continuing education, career and family.
               Pathways’ comprehensive transition program prepares students for life after graduation; offering
                  everything from college and career counseling to job training and employment experience,
                  as well as classes to teach skills for independent living. These basics are enhanced with an
                  array of specialized opportunities designed to maximize our students’ chances to succeed.


              Preparing for Continuing Education                                             Preparing for
   Each year The Pathways School-Northwood has a series of discussion
                                                                                           Success on the Job
groups for students who are thinking seriously about continuing their educa-           The Pathways School-Edgewood’s in-
tion after they graduate from Pathways. Preparation for the challenges these        novative program to give students real-
students will encounter in any institution of higher learning is crucial to their   world job experience has been part
success, and so the groups are designed to inform students generally about          Pathways effort to prepare students for
the structures and expectations of colleges and training institutes and to pro-     success in the work place for 20 years. On
vide a forum for them to ask questions and talk about their hopes as well as        the Work Crew, students are expected to
their fears. The group visits local community colleges and technical training       take responsibility, follow directions from
academies, where the students are made aware of resources and supports              a supervisor, complete assigned tasks in a
available to them at the various campuses, which they can access if they            timely and professional manner, and
choose. In addition, students are encouraged to enroll in a college course          maintain punctuality. The Work Crew
while they are still attending Pathways, so they can get experience in the col-     takes on jobs in the community such as
lege setting while they still have the daily support of the Pathways educators      landscaping, minor construction, paint-
and therapists (see the story of Aria on page 13).                                  ing, hauling, and even industrial dish
                                                                                    washing. The fact that students receive a
                       Preparing for a Career                                       paycheck for their work gives them a real
                                                                                    experience in earning and teaches them
    Economic stability is necessary to success in becoming a responsible, con-      that their effort has economic value.
tributing member of society. Such stability is much more likely to be achieved
if a person has a viable, long-term career rather than going from job to
job. Recognizing this, Pathways Apprentice Program, now in its second year,
provides opportunities for students to train in fields that offer long-term
employment, professional development and vocational growth:
   Students are able to learn to be tellers through the Montgomery County
    Teachers Federal Credit Union (MCT) which opened an In-School
    Branch at The Pathways School-Edgewood three years ago. This year,
    two students were trained as tellers there, serving 32 others who opened
    savings accounts with the credit union.
   The Greenbelt Association for the Visual Arts/Greenbelt Access Televi-
    sion provided training to Pathways students who are developing skills in
    computer animation.
   Pathways maintained a relationship with the Maryland-National Capital
    Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) which offers careers in park
    management, horticulture and recreation; and with The Associated
    Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington (ABC), which represents
    trades in the construction industry; as well as the Maryland Restaurant          Lawn clean up on the job with the
    Association, opening opportunities for careers in culinary arts.                 Work Crew

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            Preparing to Be                                Preparing to Enter the Skilled Workforce
          Young Entrepreneurs                            A total of 13 students at Pathways Crossland Re-Entry attended
    Near the end                                      the highly regarded Technical Academy located at the high school.
of the school                                         The academy encompasses state-approved career and technology
year, students at                                     education programs that meet Prince George’s County Public
The Pathways                                          Schools high school graduation requirements. Enrollment is com-
School-Edge -                                         petitive in the comprehensive one- and two-year programs, which
wood may have                                         are open to juniors and seniors
noticed some                                          with qualifying attendance and
of their peers                                        GPAs. Pathways students were en-
sporting bright                                       rolled in culinary arts, HVAC (heat-
blue tee shirts                                       ing, ventilating, air conditioning),
emblazoned                                            electrical engineering, IT (informa-
with the Path-                                        tion technology), drafting, and au-
ways mascot,                                          tomotive mechanics. Students in
a panther. The                                        the academy earn various levels of
story of the tee                                      certification in their field of study.
shirts began with     The prototype tee shirt
                                                          A Pathways student studying culinary
six students who
                                                              arts at the Technical Academy at
participated in a comprehensive, hands-on pro-                           Crossland High School
gram to learn how to start and succeed with a
business. Working with the nonprofit Young Entre-
preneurs Program in Prince George’s County,
                                                                      Individualized Approach
these students attended weekly workshops in
                                                                     Supports Work-Life Success
which experienced business owners used a cur-
riculum and model designed by the National                The Pathways School-Anne Arundel’s community-based transi-
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)       tion program offers students a unique opportunity to blend employ-
to touch on topics such as envisioning a business,    ment training and experience into their high school education. The
making a budget and marketing. The learning           highly individualized approach given to each student at Pathways-
process required the students to actually start a     Anne Arundel means that staff can tailor the learning experience to
business. They chose to begin a tee shirt business,   the strengths and needs of the student, whether that means extra
which they believed would succeed strongly in the     support in academics or instruction in work and life-skills. Work-
Pathways community. After identifying the market      readiness and preparation for life after leaving Pathways is integrated
and exploring resources, creating a budget, and       fully within the Anne Arundel program. Pathways-Anne Arundel
commissioning a design, the students produced         senior Joyce Brendle, for example, worked nearly full-time while at-
a prototype, which they pitched in a meeting to       tending Pathways. She was on staff at Open Door, a center providing
Pathways administrators. The meeting was a suc-       before-school and after-care to young children. In the hours she
cess: the students came away with an agreement        spent pursuing her own education at Pathways-Anne Arundel, Joyce
to have the tee shirt be considered as the official   would rely on her teachers and mentors to help reflect on her job
shirt of the annual Pathways-wide pep rally and       at Open Door, and for practical help to develop lesson plans or
booster item for the basketball team                          age-appropriate activities for her young charges. Joyce’s
and to be allowed to market it in a                           academic progress and social and emotional growth at
limited way to Pathways students,                             Pathways was integrally woven with the support she needed
staff and supporters. Thus a tee shirt                        to succeed in her employment situation. On graduation
business was born and six students                            day, Joyce was able to sit confidently and happily, knowing
took the first steps toward the excit-                        that she had completed her high school education and
ing possibilities of small business                           had been successful at work, two accomplishments that are
ownership.                                                    an important part of the foundation for a bright future.

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        Student Achievement
          While Pathways endeavors to ensure that our students can succeed both in learning and in life after
       graduation, we also support our young people as they show they can overcome challenging obstacles and
         achieve in academics, extracurricular activities, community service and sports while they are in school.


                                                                       Pathways Students:
        Al Minnigh Student                                        Active in Service and Athletics
        Achievement Award                              Adding to the challenges faced by students with special needs can
   This award was established in 1992 to            be a sense of isolation from activities that many of their peers would
recognize the effort and celebrate the success      find routine. Throughout Pathways, however, students are encour-
of students who have risen above their diffi-       aged and supported as they break through that isolation and partici-
culties to reach their goals and beyond in areas    pate in a range of extracurricular activities and many school sport
of academics, behavior, community service           teams. This is particularly noteworthy when the Pathways program the
and vocational preparation. Receiving the           student attends is not immediately connected with his or her home
award at their site:                                high school, which means the student must make an extra effort to
                                                    stay involved with his or her high school’s activities. For example, a
         Jeremy Davis - Springville                 Pathways-Northwood student this year played soccer for Friendly
                                                    High School in D.C.,
    Nicholas Folkard – DuVal Re-Entry
                                                    and another was first
         Ikea Gartrell – Edgewood                   chair in the trombone
                                                    section of the Northwest-
      Kyle McPherson – Northwood                    ern High School orches-
                                                    tra in Hyattsville, as well
         Jamal Queen - Hyattsville
                                                    as marching in the band
      Sydney Young – Anne Arundel                   and playing in the jazz
                                                    ensemble (see page 13).
                                                    In addition, Pathways
   The recipient of the Al Minnigh Student          students this school year
Achievement Award, Student of the Year              ran track and played
for 2009:                                           basketball for Crossland
   Jamal Winfield – Crossland Re-Entry              High School. At DuVal
                                                    High School, a student
                                                    was on the swim team,
                                                    another ran track, and
                                                    another was co-captain
                                                    of the football team.
                                                    Some of these Pathways
                                                                                    Cordell Young attends Pathways DuVal-
                                                    students have earned
                                                                                    Re-Entry and plays football for the
                                                    spots on the varsity teams      DuVal Tigers.
                                                    of their chosen sports.
                                                       Community service is another area of noteworthy involvement.
                                                    Students often participate in service learning projects through their
                                                    Pathways programs. Some go beyond, and initiate service themselves,
                                                    inspired by organizations they volunteer with in the community (see
        Jamal Winfield                              opposite page). This year, a Pathways-DuVal student served as presi-
                                                    dent of the youth chapter of the NAACP in Prince George’s County.




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Snapshots of Success
                                        Sada Wakefield, a high school junior, began her years at Pathways attending the
                                     Hyattsville program in sixth grade before moving to Crossland-Re-Entry. Sada is an
                                     honor roll student and a serious athlete who runs indoor, outdoor and cross country
                                     track. She was named MVP of the Crossland High School cross country team in 2007
                                     and 2008 and has qualified for the state meet every season. With her high GPA and
                                     solid work ethic both in the classroom and on the field, Sada is college-bound. She
                                     spoke positively of her goals and her time at Pathways during the Open House cel-
                                     ebrating the new Hyattsville site.

                                     Sada Wakefield speaking
                                     at the Open House




                                                                     James Sandridge
                                                               displays his certificate.

   James Sandridge, who attends Pathways-Northwood, chose to accept “The
President’s Challenge”, a program that encourages Americans to be fit and
healthy. Those who register to participate in the Challenge must follow a regi-
men of improving strength and endurance in a range of activities. At the con-
clusion they must meet or surpass the standards for their age group to receive
a Fitness Award signed by the President. It is not easy; to meet standards, it is
recommended that participants train for at least an hour every day in activities
such as endurance running and pull ups. The Challenge fosters discipline,
focus and perseverance. In the spring, James took the fitness test, surpassed
the standards in all events, and received the President’s Fitness Award.




                                                                           Sydney Young is an honor student at Pathways-Anne
                                                                        Arundel, works part-time, and volunteers at the Chil-
                                                                        dren’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
                                                                        In the fall she became concerned that the toy supply at
                                                                        the hospital was low and decided to organize a toy
                                                                        drive. She developed a flyer announcing the drive and
                                                                        distributed it to businesses and organizations near
                                                                        her school and to the Pathways Administrative Office.
                                                                        Sydney was able to amply replenish the toys at the
                                                                        Medical Center with the response to her drive. She is
                                                                        considering a career in pediatric psychology and will
                                                                        be applying to Spelman College in Atlanta.

                                                                        Sydney Young with some of the
                                                                        results of her toy drive


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Congratulations to the Class of 2009
 This year’s 30 graduates will attend college, pursue technical training, enter apprenticeships,
 and begin paid employment. Pathways’ commitment to individualized education and its strong
   transition program has given them the skills they will need to succeed after leaving school.
     It is worth noting that this was the first class in which students living in Maryland were
  required to pass state exams (HSA) and meet service learning goals to earn a state diploma.
   After years of preparation for this requirement and many hours spent learning, completing
    projects, and sitting for exams, we are proud to say that not a single one of our Maryland
          graduates was deterred from receiving a state diploma by the HSA requirement.


              Frazier Ashton
               Sasha Bartell
             William Bradley
             Donnell Braxton
              Joyce Brendle
               Ikea Gartrell
              Charles Gibbs
             Jenny Guerrero
                Blake Hall
                Aria Harris
              Devon Harris
             Deante Harrison                                      Bobby Johnson
              Sarah Hebert                                         Warren Light
               James Howe                                          Wendy Marin
             Edward Jackson                                       Kyle McPherson
              James Jackson                                         Tiara Miller
              Jerrell Jackson                                       John Peach
                                                                  Darrell Prather
                                                                     Kevin Ray
                                                                  Karlos Thomas
                                                                    Connell Tutt
                                                             Matthew Vissi-Gassabeh
                                                                Nathaniel Williams
                                                                  Jamal Winfield



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Graduates Who
  Believed, Learned, and Succeeded
                                     Kyle McPherson is a talented               Donnell Braxton enrolled in Pathways when
                                 musician who began playing trom-           he was a sophomore and attended both re-entry
                                 bone in fourth grade and later             programs, first at Pathways-Crossland Re-Entry
                                 taught himself guitar. While gifted        and then at DuVal Re-Entry. A charming young
                                 musically, when he came to Path-           man with a gregarious personality, he did ade-
                                 ways Kyle had quit participating in        quately in his classes until the fall of his senior
                                 orchestras and bands. He felt over-        year, when his grades and attendance faltered.
                                 whelmed by school and the rigors           At that point, the decision was made to have
                                 of playing in what had grown to            Donnell move from Crossland to DuVal, where
                                 be a total of six bands. During his        it was felt he might have more success. It was a
                                 years at Pathways, however, he                                              difficult transition
                                 grew in confidence and was able to                                          for Donnell, since
  Kyle
                                 overcome the obstacles that had                                             he knew very few
prevented his progress in the classroom and hindered his ability to                                          peers or staff at
juggle the demands of rehearsing and performing in multiple venues.                                          Pathways DuVal-
By his senior year, Kyle had returned to performing and was First                                            R e - E n t r y. H i s
Chair for the trombone section for both the marching and concert                                             desire to succeed
jazz band at his home high school, Northwestern, in Hyattsville.                                             was strong , and
He simultaneously played lead guitar in two gospel bands and his                                             with the assis-
church band. His plan after graduation was to attend Prince George’s                                         tance of Pathways
Community College in music.                                                                                  staff and the
                                                                                                             encouragement
                                                                                                             of his mother,
   Aria Harris attended Pathways for most of her high school                                                 Donnell was able
career. Initially a tentative student, her academic and social skills        Donnell                         to get back on
grew while at Pathways. In the summer before her senior year, Aria          track. As May approached, however, when seniors
attended the Youth Leadership Forum at Bowie State University.              were expected to have completed the credits
There she got a taste of college life and participated in a variety of      needed to graduate, it became clear that Donnell
activities designed to prepare her for life after high school. Theater is   would not be able to meet that goal by the time
her passion, and in her junior year, she had lead role in Pathways-         most seniors were finished and released. Deter-
Northwood’s adapted version of The Wiz. She pursued her interest            mined to graduate with his peers and supported
during her senior year, enrolling in Prince George’s Community              by Pathways staff and his family, Donnell re-
College and taking History of Theater, successfully maintaining             mained in school for three weeks after most
concurrent enrollment in high                                               seniors were gone, working daily to complete his
school and college. She applied for                                         credits. As the final day approached, Donnell
and received a Reed Scholarship,                                            triumphantly handed over the $20 needed to
which is available to Pathways                                              purchase his cap and gown, because at that point
juniors or seniors who are pursuing                                         he knew he had reached his goal and was going
formal post-secondary education.                                            to walk across the stage at the Show Place Arena
She plans to use her scholarship                                            with his classmates and receive his diploma.
to continue at Prince George’s
Community College this fall and
eventually hopes to attend Bowie
State University.                         Aria


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                          The Pathways Schools
                        Community Partner of the Year
    Pathways relies on a broad network of area busi-
nesses, agencies, colleges and universities as well as
churches and volunteers who all have a part in help-
ing our students believe in themselves, learn and
succeed. Each year we select one of these individu-
als and organizations to honor as our Community
Partner of the Year. This year the award went to
someone who has worked with our students for al-
most a dozen years, teaching and inspiring them
through a remarkable therapeutic basketball program.
    Jonathan Scribner began working with our
special students when he served as Regional
Director for OneOnOne Basketball. This was a first,
both for OneOnOne and for Jonathan. The program,             Jonathan Scribner and two of his Pathways HoopEd players
which emphasized inclusion and was open to all
Pathways students regardless of skill level, seemed suited          behavioral disabilities. The game of basketball became a ve-
to our students, all of whom struggle with emotional and            hicle for teaching cooperation, decision-making, self-control,
                                                                    generosity and respect for self and others. It was not easy,
                                                                    particularly at first. Jonathan had a solid coaching and bas-
                                                                    ketball background and a deep interest in working with our
                                                                    students, but he had little experience combining the two.
                                                                       Jonathan and his assistants persevered, and though the
                                                                    work was arduous, the result was a program of amazing
                                                                    benefit for our students that is ongoing. Several years ago,
                                                                    Jonathan founded HoopEd, and through it our students
                                                                    continue to experience basketball as a laboratory for life
                                                                    skills (see page 4). The program expanded to Pathways mid-
                                                                    dle school a number of years ago.
                                                                       In May, The Pathways Schools held our annual Apprecia-
                                                                    tion Reception to thank the network of community friends
                                                                    who provide a range of services and supports to our stu-
 At the Appreciation Reception in May, Jonathan receives the        dents. The centerpiece of the Reception is the bestowing of
 Community Partner of the Year Award from Miguel Bueso,             the Community Partner of the Year Award, which went to
 Transition Coordinator for The Pathways Schools.                   Jonathan Scribner and HoopEd.



                         Pathways Recognizes Services Rendered for New Site
       As noted on page 6, this year Pathways middle school program moved to a new location on East West Highway in
    Hyattsville. The school’s new space was completely renovated to meet the needs of our students. Of great assistance
    to Pathways in the renovation and re-location was Doug Colley, property manager for the company that owns the
    new building. Doug worked with Pathways through the entire process of visualizing the new space, negotiating with
    architects and contractors, overseeing the obtaining of permits and making sure zoning requirements were met. In
    recognition of his effort, Pathways honored Doug during the Open House held this spring to celebrate the new site.
    Doug is another of the dedicated individuals and organizations in our community who give their time and energy to
    enhance Pathways programs and support our students.


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                A Dynamic Staff Enables Students
                  to Believe, Learn and Succeed
      You read in this report how Pathways’ students come to believe in themselves, learn, and succeed
  in accomplishing their goals. None of this would happen were it not for teachers who tailor their creative
   lesson plans to help each individual student or plan projects that use avenues like the arts and science
     to unlock interest and potential. The teachers are supported by dedicated administrative assistants
       and para-professionals who contribute in countless ways to the education of our students, from
       arranging field trips, to finding just the right tools and supplies, or providing a quiet environment
        in which a student can focus and learn. Our therapists offer students a place to be heard and
   countless activities designed to help them discover their strengths as well as where they need to grow.




         Art class                                                                                            Field trip


      None of this is easy. Our students are challenging as well as challenged. It takes a team of highly
   trained professionals with patience, creativity, perseverance and vision to work day in and day out so
     that our students can achieve success in the many diverse ways that term is defined and manifest.

 At the annual staff gathering at the conclusion of the year, The Pathways Schools celebrates and awards
 our outstanding team. The event begins with a ceremony to recognize the high quality of our staff and to
mark transitions that inevitably occur as the school year ends. This is followed by a barbeque at the Kennedy
House, a time to relax casually together and enjoy the year’s successes. The event and the annual staff award
is one way that Pathways acknowledges the dedication, commitment and exceptional quality of our team.


                                   The Jim McGeogh Annual Staff Award
These members of the Pathways instructional, therapeutic or administrative support staff were recognized by their peers and
administrators and principals for outstanding service to students in 2008-2009:

          Ginger Farrell – Edgewood
            Ed Hendel – Springville
         Tiffany Herbert – Hyattsville
     Sharon Oehrlein – DuVal Re-Entry
      Jamie Price – Crossland Re-Entry
       Joan Randazzo – Anne Arundel

      The winner of the Jim McGeorgh
       Annual Staff Award for 2009:
         Bindu Sikand – Northwood               Tiffany Herbert, Jamie Price, Sharon Oehrlein, Bindu Sikand, Ed Hendel, Ginger
                                                Farrell, Joan Randazzo


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Thank you to those who partnered with Pathways to enable
 our students to believe in themselves, learn, and succeed.
                                The wide network of support for 2008-2009 includes
                        businesses, employers, internship providers, agencies and individuals:


        Agencies, Businesses and Colleges                                      Individual Contributors

    Althea Woodland Nursing Home, Silver Spring                     Charles Ahearn               Richard & Marilyn Meyer
       Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold                       Scott Anderson                  Fran & Al Minnigh
Anne Arundel County Police Eastern District, Pasadena              Holly Bellingham                  Ernestine Murray
        Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase                    Dorothy Brown                         Gail Oakes
                                                                  Angela Carpenter                 Al & Beverley Parker
              Bikes for the World, Arlington
                                                                      Lisa Chrzan                    Gloria Pendleton
       Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis, Annapolis                                                  Dave & Sharon Peters
             Boys & Girls Club, Silver Spring                     Courtney Dickson
                                                                     Tania DuBeau                     Trudy Portewig
                  Bridges, Silver Spring                                                          Melody Reckenberger
                                                                      Linda Dulski
        Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, DC                                                       Suzanne Regnault
                                                                   Colette Dupree
       Career Transition Program, North Bethesda                                                         Mort Rian
                                                                   Dennis Flannery
Christian Communities Group Homes, Washington, DC                                                   E. Lloyd Robertson
                                                                      Carol Frank                  Luanne & Neal Smith
           Clements Hardware, Severna Park                          Frederick Jones                      Joy Spain
      Community Center at Woods, Severna Park                   Nandor & Sharon Katz                 Paul Wackerbarth
              Conservation Corps, Rockville                            Bob Leslie                 Ben & Helen Williams
          Crossland High School, Temple Hills                  Vaughn & Barbara Marker                  David Wizer
                     Curves, Rockville                          Charles & Gail McGuire                  Byron Wong
          Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda
                   DORS, Glen Burnie                                        Organizational Contributors
                    DORS, Oxon Hill
                                                                       Arts Council of Anne Arundel County
                     DORS, Wheaton                                            CIMA Companies, Inc.
                 Family Tree, Annapolis                                     Clark Winchole Foundation
           Food and Friends, Washington, DC                                Hermon Presbyterian Church
           GAVA/GATE Animation, Greenbelt                                   Maryland State Arts Council
                Gold’s Gym, Glen Burnie                                       Reading Is Fundamental
             Kinder Farm Park, Severna Park                             Washington Performing Arts Society
          MCT Federal Credit Union, Rockville                    Washington Post Company Educational Foundation
                                                                                 Young Audiences
             Meals on Wheels, Takoma Park
       Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network, Alexandria
                                                                                      Volunteers
   Montgomery County Volunteer Center, Rockville
     Mount Rainier Nature Center, Mount Rainier                                       Fred May
       Prince Georges Community College, Largo                                      Mac McIntire
                                                                                     Al Minnigh
     Prince Georges Transition Services, Oxon Hill
                                                                                     Mort Rian
              Red Wiggler Farm, Clarksburg                                          Marjorie Ryan
                     REI, College Park
   Rock Creek Park Horse Center, Washington, DC                                     Congregations
                  RSA, Washington, DC
                                                                            Hermon Presbyterian Church
                     Safeway, Crofton                                   Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church
                   SHARE, Hyattsville                                     Northwood Presbyterian Church
     Sheet Metal Workers Training Center, Suitland                      Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church
        Washington Area Building Trades, Laurel
         WPFW Radio Station, Washington, DC                   If we have inadvertently omitted anyone, let us know so that
    Young Entrepreneur Program, Upper Marlboro                we can correct our records, and please accept our apologies.

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                              Annual Giving Campaign
    In this report, you have read how The Pathways Schools enabled students
to believe in themselves, learn, and succeed.
    Help us to continue to assist our students through creative and individual-
ized educational programming supported by a therapeutic environment that
uses regular and alternative means to encourage success in school, work and
life. Please consider The Pathways Schools in your end-of-year giving.
Your donation will support:
 • Therapeutic programming that uses conventional and alternative means to
    help students learn about themselves and their world (pages 4 and 5)
                                                          • Education tailored to the needs of each student and integrated
                                                            with the arts, experiential learning, outdoor challenges and more
                                                            to enable students to reach their goals (pages 6 and 7)
                                                          • Transition programming that uses multiple and diverse means to
                                                            assist students to achieve economic independence and lifetime
                                                            success (pages 8 and 9)
                                                         ..and other innovative programs and activities of The Pathways
                                                         Schools.




        Use the included envelope to send your
       fully tax deductible donation. Thank you!




                     12th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk
                     The “Journey to Better Pathways” Fun Run/Walk supports the academic and therapeutic programs
                      described in this report. The monies raised help fund arts residencies and workshops, character
                     education and leadership development, work readiness programs, wilderness education and more.
                             Thank you to our sponsors and raffle donors who helped make the event a success.

                       Sponsors                                   Top Raffle Donors                  Raffle Donors
 Walker & Dunlop/                  Insurance Associates              Banana Republic             AFI (American Film Institute)
                               Business Accounting Services         Cheesecake Factory                     Austin Grill
Green Park Financial                                                                                        Chipolte
                                MCT Federal Credit Union                DC United
                                                                                                        Color Me Mine
         Adidas                Mid-Atlantic Broker Services           Orioles Tickets
                                                                                                         Dejabel Café’
                                    Pool Time and Spas                    Pacers                    Ferdinand’s Restaurant
           MSI                                                   Teacher Created Materials                    IHop
                                        Power Bar
                                                                   Washington Nationals       Jerry’s Subs & Pizza Four Corners
            INS                         Royal Mile                                                     Kaiser Permanente
                                       Camp Savage                                                        Ledo’s Pizza
     Crosswood, Inc.
                                       Kicks Karate                                            Northwood Presbyterian Church
       M & T Bank                     Karpedium Inc.                                                  Regal Entertainment
                                                                                                     Nava Thai Restaurant
Northwood Presbyterian                Athletic House                                                      Trader Joe’s
       Church                      Cutting Edge Design                                                White Oak Bowling

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