The AmeriCorps Education Interventionist (ASPIRE Centers) provides additional support in the after school program setting to enhance the K-5 student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in English which allows them to meaningfully access the Bilingual instruction program at school.
The Interventionist works with 1 to 8 students per day over the course of each year via push-in interventions 1:1 or in small groups no larger than eight at a time. This Member has a specific interest in teaching that impacts the lives of recent immigrants and/or refugees applying concepts of service learning and acculturation to maximize the learning experience of the students being served.
Serves within Sewa’s after school program which caters to children from grades K-5 (ages 5-11) four hours/day, four days/week.
Engages with up to 8 students per day either 1:1 via a push-in intervention or in small groups of up to 4.
Provides supplementary instruction in English or Spanish for bilingual and/or ESL program students needing intervention.
Meets with Lead Education Coordinators to plan and implement supplementary interventions.
Informs Lead Education Coordinators of students’ progress and needs in supplementary interventions.
Helps students complete homework and other after school activities successfully.
Provides a creative nurturing space for the child to thrive.
Maintains complete and accurate records of student’s progress.
Fosters a nurturing, supportive, and positive learning environment to encourage language development, enhance motivation, and clearly communicate center routines and expectations.
Leads students in two community service programs throughout the year.
Community Need Addressed
Schools with dense populations of refugees/recent immigrants (40-80%) lack sufficient personnel to address deficits posed by Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students to increase academic performance (currently 50% peers’ level in the classroom/standardized tests) and social engagement. Children 5-11 in disadvantaged immigrant/refugee populations lack access to out-of-school programs that address deficits in English as a Second Language (ESL) and provide general academic support, socio-emotional learning and creative nurturing spaces.
”AmeriCorps Education Interventionists” are necessary for building capacity of existing programs within afterschool programs catering to ages 5-11 by providing supplementary language acquisition and academic support, mentoring and creative stimulation, and service learning to help each child overcome their challenges.
Beneficiaries in the 5-to-11-year-old bracket at apartment-based after-school centers are selected directly as registrants of the program, because these centers are situated in complexes with close to 100% recent immigrant and/or refugee populations.
Variables such as attendance, family dynamics, work and external social elements add to LEP impact on academic performance and school engagement. However, using 5-years of data from ASPIRE Centers and Alief ISD, along with the ratio of members:beneficiaries, an output of 252 individuals served should meet an outcome of 151 individuals reporting increased academic performance.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
In addition to robust position-related training at on-boarding, Members also receive substantive professional and personal development training on a weekly basis throughout the service year.
Our staff is provides active mentoring and access to a vast professional network designed to support the Member's endeavors after completion of service.
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Skills you will gain
Team Building, Communication, Project development and management, Servant Leadership, Data Collection, Time Management & Organization Teaching English, Teaching Literacy, Lesson Planning,
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment