Posts Tagged 'after school program'

Tutoring attendance at 233%!?

As I have been developing  this program and its pilot, deciding what measures I would use to assess our success was a topic of much rumination. What do I really want?  How will I know if I’m successful?  These were questions I asked myself thousands of times.  (And continue to ask myself everyday.)

It is The Schooba Academy’s mission to foster a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through the learning of scuba diving. That being said, what I would like to see most is that our students choose to spend their free time pursuing science learning.  This could mean that they choose to read National Geographic instead of playing video games, or watch the Discovery Channel instead of MTV, or attend a science tutoring session after school instead of going home and being bored (50% of American students say they are “bored and have nothing to do” when they are out of school, Public Agenda, 2004.)

One of the main measures of our success will be in our attendance, which is completely voluntary.  At the start of the pilot, my goal was for 75% of the Schoobents to have at least a 75% attendance at our activities.  After the second week, the results are pleasantly surprising.  Not only are the Schoobents showing up, but they’re bringing their friends!!  Check out the Wednesday tutoring class at 233% attendance!

The Wednesday tutoring session at 233% attendance ... but missing some media releases.

Meet Rodney and Jesus!

Two more Schoobents added to the list.

Meet Rodney and Jesus

And then help us reach our fundraising goal!

Meet the kids!!

Spots are filling up for our January pilot.  Check out the first Schoobents!  … Yeah, that’s right, we called them Schoobents.

Meet the kids!

And then help us raise the funds we need to make this program a smashing success!

I wanna be in Schooba!

Yesterday, I went to Lyons Community School to start recruiting kids for the pilot.  I hosted an info session in one of the classrooms after school and drew a solid crowd of about 25 kids.  Not all interested could make it though, and I got this crumpled up note handed off to me on my way out of the school.

Help make it a reality!!


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