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Teacher Co-Design Pilot: Fall 2017

Teacher Co-Design Pilot: Fall 2017

This summer, Citizen Schools began a 2-year pilot, with teacher design partners, to develop and test a new approach to classroom instruction - one that pairs teachers with community experts to deliver engaging, real-world projects in middle school classrooms. 

Note from the CEO

Note from the CEO

This past week, I had the opportunity to sit with a group of rising Boston 9th grader girls, who were both graduates of our 8th Grade Academy program and summer interns at Citizen Schools.  We gathered to talk about their experience with us and the ways in which Citizen Schools is – and isn’t yet – fulfilling its promise to help middle school students launch confidently into their high school years.

Three Cary Residents Given President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Three Cary Residents Given President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Cary, NC – Every year, Americans who give their time to help others are presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. And this year, three Cary residents who work to educate students without many resources were recognized for their effort.

Local residents honored at national awards ceremony

Local residents honored at national awards ceremony

Jorge Nova and Doug Leonard, of Matthews, were among this year’s silver award honorees at the annual President’s Volunteer Service Awards ceremony on June 27. Nova and Leonard were recognized for their work as Citizen Teachers with national nonprofit Citizen Schools. The pair spends several hours each week sharing their expertise in particular fields with middle school students from low-income communities.

Volunteer Program Connects Underserved Students with Practical Science

Volunteer Program Connects Underserved Students with Practical Science

A memory popped up on my Facebook feed this morning of an event five years ago today at Neal Middle School in Durham.

Students gathered in the gym to make contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Nancy Currie was there to share her experiences living in space, and students asked questions of Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the station.

Expanding Opportunity: Citizen Schools Impact 2016

Expanding Opportunity: Citizen Schools Impact 2016

In the past year, our programming has continued to demonstrate measurable impact in academic growth and achievement, helping to narrow the opportunity gap in our schools. This report includes key national and regional results, as well as introductions to just a few of the many supporters, volunteers and Americorps members who help make it possible for middle schoolers across the country to discover and achieve their dreams.

AmeriCorps Week 2017 Recap

AmeriCorps Week 2017 Recap

We think our AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows and our VISTAs are the best! We celebrated our AmeriCorps members and the work they do all week long... Click to see more photos and videos from AmeriCorps Week!

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service 2017

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service 2017

It may be a day off, but our Citizen Schools AmeriCorps members and staff are making it a "day on" by getting out into their communities and serving! #doinggoodonourdayoff

North Carolina Program Updates

For the 2016-17 school year, Citizen Schools North Carolina will serve 457 students in our ApprenticeshipExclusive (AppEx) model across our 5 partner schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (115 students)

Quail Hollow Middle School (90 students)

Durham Public Schools:

Lowe's Grove Middle School (84 students)

Neal Middle School (84 students)

Sherwood Githens Middle School (84 students)

Our program staff are currently gearing up for the start of program by participating in trainings and recruiting for students. The week before the first day of school, we participated in 7 open house events throughout the course of 4 days. We’re excited to meet our students and to expose them to different careers through apprenticeships.

This fall semester, we anticipate having over 80 volunteers teaching 40 apprenticeships. Some exciting topics include:

  • 3D Printing
  • How to Build a Computer
  • Spoken Word
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Web Design

US2020 Research Triangle Park Hosts Super WOW!

You’ve got to be pretty confident to call your event a WOW!, let alone a SUPER WOW! But the Citizen Schools kids and teachers who put on the Super WOW! at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park on Jan. 19 had every reason to believe their work earned the title.

Citizen Schools is one of several organizations that US2020 partners with to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentoring for kids in Wake and Durham schools. Citizen Schools is a national program with five North Carolina school locations — three in Durham and two in Charlotte — that offer extended-day learning programs for at-risk middle school kids. Students from the Durham schools — Lowe’s Grove, Githens, and Neal middle schools — hosted the Super WOW! event to showcase their work from the 10-week afterschool courses they participated in during the fall semester.

Citizen Schools NC January 2016 Newsletter

We Said WOW!

Check out highlights from the 2015 Fall WOW! season!  The full version of our January 2016 newsletter is available here.

Topics from the newsletter include:

  • A Message from the Executive Director
  • We Said WOW! - Pictures from the Fall 2015 WOW!s
  • First Shift Spotlight – Michael Fuga, Principal at Neal Middle School
  • Partner Spotlights: Biogen and Vanguard
  • Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Marika Dillard, Teaching Fellow at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Charlotte, NC
  • Upcoming Events

 

To view the full edition, you can also follow this link:

http://www.citizenschools.org/northcarolina/jan2016newsletter/

 

Citizen Schools NC November 2015 Newsletter

Welcome Vanessa!

Check out our welcome for our new Executive Director, Vanessa Benton, and our 2015-16 midyear update!  The full version of our November 2015 newsletter is available here.

Topics from the newsletter include:

  • A Message from the Executive Director
  • Citizen Schools NC in the News
  • First Shift Spotlight – Carita Evans-Gist, AVID Teacher/Coordinator, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
  • Partner Spotlights: The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and STARS Computing Corps
  • Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Lauren Wolfe, Teaching Fellow at Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, NC
  • Upcoming Events

 

To view the full edition, you can also follow this link:

http://www.citizenschools.org/northcarolina/nov2015newsletter/