We are looking for five teams of at least five people each who can commit to helping for 1-2 hours a week at Kramer Middle School. Each team would commit to helping at the same time and day of week. Sixty students are expected for Saturday morning classes and probably 20-30 for the weekday afternoons.
Why: Only 2% of students are meeting proficiency levels for English Language Arts and less than 1% are meeting math proficiency standards. 100% of students are from low-income families.
When: January 16th – April 30th 2017
Times: Monday – Thursday: 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer requirements: You will need to have a DC Public School background check completed and have had a negative TB test within the past 2 years. The background check, in our experience, can be completed quickly online at http://bit.ly/2BElz4n and the fingerprinting is done at the DCPS office between Union Station and the NoMa Metro Station on the red line. We found that the whole process took less than 2 hours of our time and we received approval in less than two weeks.
Since you will be working either one-on-one or helping a small group with support from a teacher, no specialized instructional training is required. Most of the students will be working on basic English language and math skills that most college graduates would be comfortable helping with.
Location: Kramer Middle School – 1700 Q Street SE, Washington, DC 20020
Transportation: We hope that each team will be responsible for securing transportation to Kramer. The school is a 25-minute walk (1.3 miles) from the Anacostia Metro Station (Green Line). Teams could take Uber from the Metro station or from their work location(s). The Anacostia station is only 5 stops or 11 minutes away from Gallery Place.
Details: Students will be working with the Springboard curriculum developed by the College Board and volunteers will be there to help them. The focus with be on both English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Students will be in groups based on their ELA and math levels and there will be a teacher in each classroom. Volunteers may work one-on-one or with small groups.
The program is led by Patrick McLaw, the 7th grade English Arts teacher, instructional lead and intervention chair, and he is supported by Cliffone Ault, of Communities in Schools.