What is the optimal class size for the YouthTEACH2Learn Program? A: Since the student coaches will be teaching their lessons in teams of 3-4 students, the optimal class size would be 24 students.
Is the YouthTEACH2Learn Program only preferable for students interested in teaching? A: No! While the program is beneficial for students interested in teaching careers, it is also geared towards students who like math and science, or students who are adventurous and looking for a new and exciting challenge in the classroom. Some students tell us that they joined the program to develop their public speaking skills to help them in college or future careers.
Is the program more beneficial for students already planning to go to college or for those who are currently undecided? A: The program is beneficial for both types of students. For those looking to go to college, it gives them an idea of what they might want to study in college. For those who are undecided, it gives them a focus that encourages them to go to college.
What will the students specifically do during their elementary school visits? A: The student coaches will work together to make math fun and exciting for the younger students. They will teach six lessons during the school year while adhering to all state curriculum standards for the appropriate grade level.
What does our school have to provide to participate? A: All schools chosen must offer a teacher for one class period, allow release times for this teacher to attend professional development sessions, program meetings and observe student coaches teaching class at least twice, administrative support for the program and access to students and teachers for evaluation purposes.
Do chosen teachers need to have additional training? A: Teachers will attend professional development and networking opportunities estimated at 16 hours as deemed necessary by Project Tomorrow. (Project Tomorrow will underwrite stipends and/or sub-costs).
How are high schools and elementary schools chosen to participate? A: Project Tomorrow uses a variety of methods to identify program partners. The #1 criterion for the high school is a desire by the administration to offer a unique learning opportunity for their students and to help students explore careers in a real world setting. We are also interested in serving at risk youth and use the following criteria when selecting schools: % of graduates that are UC/CSU ready as less than 50%, % of students taking the SAT as less than 50%, % of students receiving free or reduced lunch as greater than 50%, % of minority enrolled students as greater than 50% and a higher than average drop out rate in the county. Elementary schools are chosen based upon an analysis of their student scores on state tests.
Does Project Tomorrow offer any additional support besides the high school curriculum and teaching training? A: Yes. The YouthTEACH2Learn Program Manager serves as the resource for day-to-day operations. They provide teachers and students with online resources, helps procure all appropriate supplies, coordinates student-teaching dates, promotes community service opportunities, arranges trips to local businesses and college campuses, and collects all data for program evaluation.
How does this program enhance our students’ learning experience? A: We have found that students who participate in YouthTEACH2Learn develop greater self-confidence, sense of responsibility, and visualize themselves in actual careers. They also develop a variety of skills desired by employers such as teamwork, public speaking, managing conflict, organizational skills, managing multiple tasks and deadlines and leadership.
Can students receive college credit by signing up? A: We are currently working with local community colleges to secure a partner who would offer participating students 3 units of transferrable college credit. We hope to have this partnership in place for the 2013-2014 school year.
How are students informed of community service opportunities? A: Community service opportunities will be listed on our website, www.tomorrow.org, as well as on our YouthTEACH2Learn Facebook page. The Program Manager will also send opportunities to all participating teachers to share with their students.
What can I do as an academic advisor to help make this program successful at our school? A: Promote this opportunity with your students. Help identify students who you think would benefit from this kind of learning experience. Advertise the success of the program with younger students so that we can build a pipeline for future years. Give us your feedback on the program and our recruitment materials.