In the Spring, we request staff members to nominate
Once I have a list of students, they sign up for the Remind group and we continue to monitor them to make sure that the qualities that got them invited do not take a sharp turn for the worse. (We have never encountered this, but we are diligent for the sake of the program).
During the summer we have a training session that introduces the students to the program. I'm going to explain the program to you as I would do for them.
We have 9th grade only study halls every period of the day. The mentors, based on their availability, are assigned to a study hall. Next, I assign two students to push into AIS sections in Math and English. Next, I assign 4-5 students to be in the lunch room. Lastly, I assign students to our 10th period (Activity period).
Here's what the responsibilities of each entail:
AIS: Students do basically what is described above, but they also help the AIS teacher by providing targeted tutoring.
Lunch: We found this to be so beneficial, we were bummed we hadn't thought of it earlier! The mentors in here are tasked with making sure no one sits alone (unless they need the time to decompress/unwind) and that they mingle with all of the kids (but mostly the 9th graders). They sit at different
10th period: Our mentors that typically do not have a free period are assigned (based on their preference) to one or two days a week to tutor kids who need assistance or are in need of guidance. Just yesterday, I had an email from two teachers regarding 4 kids who were struggling and needed a connection. They have been assigned to stay with our mentors during 10th period.
During the training the students talk about how to have empathy, why it is so important, the role of the mentors, and conduct activities centered around anti-bullying. The most important part of this program is the discussion about school culture and the role they have (in school and outside of it) in fostering a positive school culture. I end with Kid President's Go Be More Awesome clip (I ask them to think of themselves as both the teacher and the student) (here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwlhUcSGqgs) and we use that as a
The things that make this entire system work:
1. The commitment our
2. We have what we call the Spartan Academy. Twice a month, all the teachers who teach 9th grade get together and talk about
It really does take a village!
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