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Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities at the School Level

Volunteers can help support education through a wide range of school-related opportunities, including:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Classroom read alouds
  • Classroom assistance
  • Non-classroom assistance (field trips, media center, etc.)
  • Organization involvement (PTA, foundation, School Site Council, etc.)
  • Before-and after-school programs
  • Serve as a panel member for senior exhibitions.

Dads Club
The Dads Club provides school-based opportunities for involved fathers to increase the involvement in their child's life and education, and encourage other fathers to become active participants in classrooms and school activities. Participating dads say it has created stronger bonds with their children and allowed them to form a unique network of involved and active fathers.

School Site Council (SSC)
The SSC is an elected decision-making group comprised of parents, community members, site administrators, teachers and other staff. At the secondary level, students are included. The SSC has an ongoing responsibility to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the site plan. The SSC also oversees all the categorical funds such as Title 1, Second Language and GATE.

Site Governance Team (SGT)
Each school has a SGT to act as its advisory body on issues other than major categorical programs.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Schools that have twenty-one or more English as a Second Language (ESL) students also have an English Learner Advisory Committee. It serves as the advisory body to the school on four key issues:

  • The school plan for English learners
  • Needs assessment
  • Administration of the language census
  • Efforts to make parents aware of the importance of attendance

PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION
The Partnerships in Education Program is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for business/community organizations and volunteers to build reform-level partnerships that support teaching and learning in the classroom. Based on data collected from schools and partners, priority activities have been identified in several specific areas. They include:

  • Curriculum support
  • Tutor/mentor recruitment
  • Training and retention
  • School-to-career
  • Educational technology

Opportunities At Home

When schools work together with families and the community, children will succeed not just in school, but in just about anything they do in life. Research shows that when parents are actively involved with their children's education, students' grades are higher, their self-esteem is greater, and they are more socially adjusted. The most accurate indicator of a student's academic success in school is not tied to family income or social status, but the extent to which a family:

  • Creates a home environment that encourages learning
  • Sets high, but realistic achievement and career expectations
  • Becomes involved in their child's education and in the community
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