EC is an intergenerational, research-based literacy intervention program model for students in Kindergarten through third grade. Volunteer older adults are recruited, screened and extensively trained to increase children’s reading level. Every volunteer tutors nine students in small groups of three in the classroom during the two hour reading block. Of the 554 CPS students served in 2014-2015, 47% reached grade level reading and 62% advanced one to two years or more in reading levels.
Central, Far North Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
ACTIVATE is Writers Theatre’s wraparound residency designed to deepen students’ engagement with the art on our stages. ACTIVATE workshops take place in the school before and after students attend the performance. ACTIVATE offers opportunities for students and teachers to: -Prepare for and extend their experience at the theatre through participatory workshops designed to investigate contextual information and the major themes in the play -Attend an exclusive student-only matinee performance of a play in our season -Deepen student learning through exclusive access to WT teaching artists in the classroom -Participate in a post-show discussion with WT artists and educators -Access comprehensive study guides that are Common Core and IL State Standards-aligned. Each study guide is created to extend student learning into the classroom by enhancing students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of the art on our stages both academically and aesthetically.
Reading, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs, National
Howard Area Community Center’s Adult Education Program is dedicated to helping adults acquire the academic, employ-ability, and life skills they need to achieve meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program offers Adult education classes, one-on-one volunteer tutoring, and operates an Employment Resource Center that assists people with their education and employment needs.
JARC provides basic skills classes for community residents who want to work on reading, math and personal computers. These programs are volunteer-centered and are free of charge. For many JARC clients these programs are the first steps in a journey that leads to job training and employment.