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Building Strong Programs: Lessons from Working in the Schools (WITS). January 31 st , 2014. Discussion Topics. Introductions Overview of WITS Training, Expectations, & Strategies Evaluation and Assessments Small Group Discussions. WITS Video. Bridging the Gap.
January 31st, 2014
The Goal: Students to see themselves as capable problem solvers and valuable individuals
The Goal: students see reading as an opportunity to explore their interests—not a task to complete.
PYD: focus on the strengths of youth and the positive qualities and outcomes we wish youth to develop
-need for consistent and caring mentors
-need for literacy enrichment programming in the afterschool space
-scaffold student self-efficacy
-scaffold student attitude
-all students are capable of becoming better readers
-students are motivated to participate in WITS programs
-volunteers are competent tutors/mentors
-students and volunteers form a positive relationship over time
-human resources: staff; corporate + university volunteer time investment
-partners: teacher/principal time investment; experts
-WITS Board; Associates Board
-build knowledge base
-other: transportation; bus chaperones; snacks; maintain program materials
-effective 1:1 literacy-focused mentoring programs
-300 students from 13 schools participate
-19 corporate and university groups provide 600 volunteers
-volunteers coached to provide student with effective support
-improved attitude toward reading
-improved reading fluency
- sustained school/community partnership
-high volunteer satisfaction
-high volunteer retention
identify external factors
2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey
Youth Emotional Engagement Benchmark Survey adapted from: Herrera, C. (2004). School-Based Mentoring. A Closer Look. Public/Private Ventures, 42.
1. Discuss some challenges you have had when working with youth. What changes did you make to your program structure, training or curriculum due to those challenges?
2. How do you gain feedback from your volunteers/staff? Provide an example of feedback your organization has received and programmatic changes you have made due to the feedback?
3. Discuss manageable formative evaluation activities that you and your organization can add to improve program quality.
4. Discuss realistic summative evaluation activities that you and your organization can add to improve program quality.
5. How should an organization respond to negative evaluation results? How should an organization respond to positive results?