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Welcome to the. Community Partnership Program. Agenda/Topics to Be Covered. Why A Mentor Program? Mission and Goals Who’s Who Program Overview Mentoring Policies Relationship Building Activities The Literacy Program Logistics/Tour. Why have a mentor program?.

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Welcome to the

Welcome to the

Community Partnership


Agenda topics to be covered
Agenda/Topics to Be Covered

Why A Mentor Program?

Mission and Goals

Who’s Who

Program Overview

Mentoring Policies

Relationship Building Activities

The Literacy Program


Why have a mentor program
Why have a mentor program?

Children’s initial reading competence is correlated with the home literacy environment, number of books owned, and parent distress (Aikens & Barbarin, 2008). However, parents from low-SES communities may be unable to afford resources such as books, computers, or tutors to create this positive literacy environment (Orr, 2003).

In a nationwide study of American kindergarten children, 36% of parents in the lowest-income quintile read to their children on a daily basis, compared with 62% of parents from the highest-income quintile (Coley, 2002).

When enrolled in a program that encouraged adult support, students from low-SES groups reported higher levels of effort towards academics (Kaylor & Flores, 2008).

Mission statement goals
Mission Statement/Goals

The mission of the 1-1-1 Community PartnershipProgram is to affect the academic achievement of our youth by improving their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

The program will:

provide opportunities for students to build a relationship with an adult(s) who can inspire students to improve their literacy skills.

model valuable comprehension skills that will enable students to be successful within all content areas.

develop students’ global knowledge as shared by the mentor/tutor from his or her own experiences.

Who s who
Who’s Who?

  • Introduction of Avon Staff:

    • Dr. Margaret Hoernemann, Superintendent

    • Dr. Kent DeKoninck, Associate Superintendent

    • Dr. Maryanne McMahon, Assistant Superintendent

    • Ms. Venetia Faulkenberg, Professional Development & Programs Coordinator

    • Mrs. Stacey Moore, Community Relations

    • Mrs. Annette Patchett, Principal of White Oak Elementary

    • Mr. Dustin LeMay , Principal of Avon Intermediate West

    • Mr. Adam Clark, Workshop Facilitator

    • Mrs. Lauren Deutsch, Curriculum Writer

    • Mrs. Laurie Davies, Curriculum Writer

    • Mrs. Angela Razor, Curriculum Writer

    • Mrs. Dana Dietz, Curriculum Writer

    • Mrs. Michele Frossard, Curriculum Writer

    • Ms. Susan King, Curriculum Writer

    • Mr. Chris Kates, Curriculum Writer

Program overview
Program Overview

  • One mentor to the same three students on a daily basis for the entire school year.

  • Students could have five different mentors throughout a five day rotation.

  • Students will meet during their Student Success Time for 30 minutes

  • Mentors will develop a relationship with the students through activities the first two weeks of the program.

  • Two weeks of mentoring through relationship building activities will be used. Literacy lessons will begin on week 3. Scripts have been written for easy implementation.

  • Current volunteer opportunities

    • White Oak Elementary – 10:05-10:35, M-F

    • Intermediate West – 2:05-2:35, M-F

Mentoring policies
Mentoring Policies

Mentors must have an investigative background check on file at the Avon Administration Center (paid for by the school district)

Each mentor must wear a name tag at all times while in the building

The mentor must sign-in at the office before proceeding to the classroom

The mentor and the student will meet each day at the designated time in the front office and proceed to the classroom.

The student must return to the classroom on time.

The mentor will have time either before or after the student meeting time to prepare or document for the following session. Communication with the next day’s mentor is essential to program success.

Relationship building activities
Relationship Building Activities

The first is an interest inventory that both the student and the mentor will fill out during their time together on Day 1. After the inventory is filled out, the mentor will lead a conversation based on the student's responses. The mentor will also take this time to make connections with the student and cite similarities and differences in each student’s responses. The interest inventory should stay in the child's folder throughout the course of the school year so that any of the five mentors can access it at anytime.

The second is a game that requires a little setup and will be played on Day 2. The two cards labeled "strongly agree" and "strongly disagree" need to be taped to the floor at either end of a continuum (made from masking tape on the floor). See picture below...

Strongly Agree ________________________________________________________ Strongly Disagree

Scenario or question cards will be stacked for the mentor and student to choose and read aloud. The mentor will need to preface for the student that they will be choosing cards with given scenarios and they will then decide how strongly they agree or disagree with the statement that is being made. (Would be a great time to review fact vs. opinion.) For example, the mentor may choose a card from the top of the stack that reads "The best time of year is early summer because school is letting out, and it is warm enough to go swimming." The student may then decide to stand on strongly disagree. The job of the mentor is to find out why the student chose to stand where they did on the continuum. Whether it is because the student loves snowy weather, feels most alive during the month of his fall birthday, or thinks splashing in rain puddles sounds like more fun than a sunny day in May. The conversation can be directed in any way that the mentor feels is most helpful in getting to know the student and develop a relationship. It is very important that the mentor allow the student an opportunity to be the question asker and scenario setter... Mentors need to be open to taking turns on the continuum as well, and they need to encourage the student to ask at least one question about where the mentor chose to stand.

The literacy program
The Literacy Program

  • Five day rotation

  • Program built upon the 7 Comprehension Strategies

  • Most important comprehension strategy is developing prior knowledge

  • Second most important comprehension strategy is vocabulary development

  • Consistency and continuity are key to patterning in the brain

  • We learn to speak before we read and learn to read before we write

  • Reciprocal conversation is needed to comprehend

  • Using modeling through the I do/we do/you do strategy causes optimum learning

  • Having fun while learning new and interesting facts increases student achievement

  • Supporting an argument with evidence, critical questioning, and problem solving are the new standards

Logistics tour

  • Room Set-up

    • Student Folders

    • Books and Materials

    • Computer Usage

  • Tour

Additional information
Additional Information

  • If you have to miss your scheduled session:

    • Call/email Rebecca Kalb as soon as possible

      • 544-6027

      • rakalb@avon-schools.org

  • Delays/Cancellations

    • In the event of a weather cancellation/delay, there will be no mentoring on that day.

    • There are several prescheduled delay days during the school year. There will be no mentoring on those days.

  • 1-1-1 website: “Information for Mentors”

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What questions do you have about the 1-1-1 Community Partnership Program?