The McKie Foundation Learning Corner will provide an academic intervention and pro-social literacy enrichment program in a safe and positive environment. Our program will serve students Kindergarten through 12 th grade. Students will utilize a blended learning experience to support their literacy deficiency through in-class instructional learning and online learning through Imagine Learning. Imagine Learning is an innovative computer software program designed to help English learners, struggling readers, students with disabilities, and early childhood education students strengthen their English language. With Imagine Learning, students receive differentiated instruction in the National Reading Panel’s five essential components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency, and reading comprehension through thousands of engaging activities.
The McKie Foundation Learning CornerLiteracy Program will take place at Mastery Charter Grover Cleveland Elementary School at 3701 N 19 th Street, Philadelphia PA 19140. The program will run from July 10, 2017 to August 4, 2017, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided.
Four Program Components:
v Literacy Support/Blended Learning - Students will receive differentiated instruction in the National Reading Panel’s five essential components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency, and reading comprehension through thousands of engaging activities. Students will have 16 hours of weekly instructional hours, 8 hours of online learning through Imagine Learning, and students will be required to complete an additional 150 minutes per week (30 minutes per night per week) of online learning activities through Imagine Learning at home.
v Life Skills/Mentors- Students will be provided a life skills education program to give at-risk children vital skills to succeed in life. 66% of children in foster care do not graduate from high school, and 92% of youth are jobless when "aging out" of the system at age 18. Incarceration rates are 63% higher for children who drop out of high school, and poverty rates triple. Children in foster care and poverty often do not have many life experiences. The McKie Foundation Learning Corner Life Skills/Mentor component will provide experiences that brighten their lives and broaden their horizons. We will be using the Ansell Casey Life Skills Program to help children create goals and a learning plan. Ansell Casey Life Skills assesses behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long term goals. It aims to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive lives.
v Structured Recreation Activities - The social skills/recreation component consist of structured indoor and outdoor activities. Recreation and social skills activities consist of leadership and team building projects, trips, sports, arts & crafts, board games, multi-cultural events, and motivational speakers.
v Parent Support and Empowerment - A parent orientation is provided at the beginning of the program to provide information and facilitate communication between program staff, parents and students. A variety of parenting classes and workshops on topics such as positive discipline, communication and anger management will be offered.
v My Green Duffel - Instead of giving a child abuse victim or foster child a trash bag to put their things in when they are removed from their home for their safety or transitioned to another foster home, they will be given a comforting green duffel bag, with a blanket, book, stuffed animal, socks, crayons and more to help with the painful transition.
v Birthday Wish Program - Every foster child deserves a gift on their birthday. The McKie Foundation Learning Corner will partner with local and national businesses and community organizations to give toys and books to foster children on their birthday.
v Holidays for Foster Children - Many foster families have financial difficulties, with no extra money for gifts. The McKie Foundation Learning Corner will work with committed community partners to collect and distribute toys and books for children in foster care each holiday season.
The target market for The McKie Foundation Learning Cornerwill continue to be elementary, middle, high school students and children in the foster care system who wishes to excel academically, socially, and emotionally. For some, this may be their first experience in a structured and disciplined program, and The McKie Foundation will strive to make it a successful and beneficial experience.
- Literacy / Reading
- Teaching / Instruction
- Reading / Writing
- IT Consulting
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training