What is the optimal class size for the YouthTEACH2Learn Program?
A: Since the student coaches will be teaching their lessons in teams of 3-4 students, the optimal class size would be 24 students.
Is the YouthTEACH2Learn Program only preferable for students interested in teaching?
A: No! While the program is beneficial for students interested in teaching careers, it is also geared towards students who like math and science, or students who are adventurous and looking for a new and exciting challenge in the classroom. Some students tell us that they joined the program to develop their public speaking skills to help them in college or future careers.
Is the program more beneficial for students already planning to go to college or for those who are currently undecided?
A: The program is beneficial for both types of students. For those looking to go to college, it gives them an idea of what they might want to study in college. For those who are undecided, it gives them a focus that encourages them to go to college.
What will the students specifically do during their elementary school visits?
A: The student coaches will work together to make math fun and exciting for the younger students. They will teach six lessons during the school year while adhering to all state curriculum standards for the appropriate grade level.
What does our school have to provide to participate?
A: All schools chosen must offer a teacher for one class period, allow release times for this teacher to attend professional development sessions, program meetings and observe student coaches teaching class at least twice, administrative support for the program and access to students and teachers for evaluation purposes.
Does Project Tomorrow offer any additional support besides the high school curriculum?
A: Yes. At an additional cost, we can provide teacher training, pre and post course student and teacher evaluations, and an online course that goes hand in hand with the curriculum where students receive a micro-credential.
How does this program enhance our students’ learning experience?
A: We have found that students who participate in YouthTEACH2Learn develop greater self-confidence, sense of responsibility, and visualize themselves in actual careers. They also develop a variety of skills desired by employers such as teamwork, public speaking, managing conflict, organizational skills, managing multiple tasks and deadlines and leadership.
What can I do as an academic advisor to help make this program successful at our school?
A: Promote this opportunity with your students. Help identify students who you think would benefit from this kind of learning experience. Advertise the success of the program with younger students so that we can build a pipeline for future years. Give us your feedback on the program and our recruitment materials.