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CBSi Volunteer Orientation 2009/2010
New Volunteer Orientation Learning Objectives San Francisco Education Fund Who we are and how we are here to serve you. The volunteer program Learn about the community you are joining. SFUSD and Horace Mann Middle School An overview of your partner school. Lunch time tutor program Your role as a volunteer in the pen pal program
San Francisco Education Fund
Our History In July 2009, San Francisco Education Fund and San Francisco School Volunteers merged after several years of ground work by the leaders of the two organizations. Both organizations were committed to improving SF public schools, joining forces was an obvious fit. The merger gives us the opportunity to integrate our programs to address pressing education challenges in new and more powerful ways.
Powerful, Multi-Angle Approach As a merged organization we integrated our programs to address student achievement at multiple levels: – system-wide strategies – strategic partnerships – school-site services
System-wide Strategies Teacher support programs Grants Program – We provide ten $10,000 grants for teachers to form equity-centered learning communities – Teachers in these learning communities meet several times a month to analyze the impacts of their teaching on the lowest performing students. Professional Development – In partnership with the District, we are working to develop an overarching strategy to ensure that all teachers receive high quality, cutting edge professional development.
System-wide Strategies continued Teacher support programs Teaching Academies – We serve as the lead partner with the District, Stanford University, USF and SF State to build an urban teacher residency program that cultivates teacher credential candidates much like a medical residency program. While completing their university coursework, they will be placed in classrooms with master teachers. Thank-A-Teacher Campaign – Every May we run a city-wide thank-a-teacher campaign to show appreciation for our teachers.
Strategic Partnerships Cross-sector collaboration We work with other community-based organizations, businesses and government agencies to leverage resources to make systemic change. An example of this is our Post Secondary Success Program: – Along with Miami and Philadelphia, we are part of a five-year action research project to study what it takes to help urban low-income and first generation students succeed in college.
School-Site Services Direct support to students and teachers in schools. Peer Resources Program – Engages youth to be peer leaders and become part of the solutions they want to see in their school. They participate in conflict mediation, tutoring fellow students, and running issue campaigns. Volunteer Program – Is about bringing the public back into public schools to work alongside teachers and parents to strengthen our community
The Volunteer Program
1,900 last year
Our volunteers come from all parts of the community and represent different age groups and backgrounds They are: High school students Business people College students Retirees
individuals businesses A majority of teacher requests are filled by individuals who represent a cross section of our community, including future teachers, retirees, and those who simply believe in giving back to their community. 1/3 of our volunteers come from our Allies for Education program which engages businesses and community organizations in support of our schools. The Allies program targets four areas of student achievement: Literacy, Math & Science, Physical Education, and Workforce Development. The Education Fund matches schools with partners, facilitating the design of programs to utilize the talents of the volunteers to meet the needs of the school.
Services We Provide to Volunteers Volunteer Relations Each of you has a School Relations Coordinator (SRC) who provides ongoing support to ensure the best possible experience for you, the students and teachers. Share any stories, special moments or concerns that you have during your volunteer experience with your SRC so they can celebrate your successes and serve as your advocate. Capacity Building The Education Fund staff work in partnership with schools and businesses to develop their capacity to manage volunteers. Our overall goal is to create a culture of volunteerism that is self- sustaining in every San Francisco school. Volunteer Development Throughout the school year, the Education Fund presents free workshops for volunteers designed to enhance your skills when working with students.
Volunteers make a difference
Volunteers support teachers According to our end year survey 94% of teachers report their teaching was enhanced as a result of our volunteers. “I had no idea when George came to my classroom what it would mean for me or countless students over the years. He knows me so well and follows my lead with the children. George is part of our lives not just a weekly volunteer.” - Leanne Francis, teacher
strengthen achievement 95% of teachers report their students show an increase in academic skills as a result of working with our volunteers. “Simply put, several the students [that worked with Mary] turned in their first essays of the year, raised their grades considerably, passed the semester and developed a much stronger connection to both the class and the literature itself.” - Sam Davis, teacher
Additional Benefits of Allies Partnerships Students – A window to view career opportunities School – Resources and support from your company Partner – Allies volunteers report higher morale
san francisco unified school district
San Francisco Public Schools Quiz How many students in grades K-12 attended the public schools in ? 55,091 Horace Mann What percentage of these students have English as their second language? 26.5% Horace Mann How many documented languages are spoken in the schools? 44 Spanish, Tagalog, Horace Mann
77% free or reduced Horace Mann 95% children of color 69% Latino 15% African American
One of the most basic and yet most important roles of a volunteer and tutor is to get to know a student and provide a safe atmosphere for students to take risks—to not know everything.
positive communication Focus your critical feedback on the actions you want to see. Instead of, “Don’t run!” You could say, “We walk in the hallways.” Be specific with your praise. What behavior should they replicate? Instead of, “You are a great student.” You could say, “I really like how well spaced your words are in your letter.”
School = A Safe Place for All School is a protected place where all people need to feel safe – Be cognizant of boundaries, physical and verbal – School is not a place to try and persuade students of your political or religious beliefs. – Be discreet and respect confidential information – Report to the teacher or principal if you hear of any situation that might cause harm to a student
English Language Learners Speak and write naturally – Students need to learn the language as it is really used. Model the language and be consistent – Use the same words multiple times, to improve memory and comprehension. With newcomers to the United States, it’s a good idea to limit your vocabulary to more common words; as the student improves, add complexity of language and vocabulary bit by bit. Aim for fluency, rather than perfection – Encourage the student to try using English as much as possible. (Speaking and writing a new language tends to make people very self-conscious and easily embarrassed). Model the correct form. Avoid negative corrections --be positive. Keep it real – Grammar is important, but real-life talking and writing activities are vital to achieving fluency. Younger students will quickly assimilate the correct grammar forms by hearing and using the language. Use visual aids with pen pals – Drawing pictures or adding stickers can be helpful.
Getting Started To volunteer you must complete – this orientation – submit the Volunteer Application – Sign the Volunteer Job Description – Provide a copy of your Driver’s License.
Contact Information Marie-Laine Enriquez Joseph Merschdorf, SFEF School Resources Coordinator (415) x3012
qualifications complete clearance respect discreet and confidential