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 Academic Link Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides systems and strategies to help Washington State schools and communities support the academic needs of children in grades K-12 outside the school day.


Legislation 2016: The Learning Lab Program 

In January 2016, congress will consider legislation that could drastically change Washington State’s academic culture. ALO is currently supporting legislation that implements an integrated after school learning space in middle schools. These spaces could completely change a student’s readiness for high school, and we need to let congress know. That’s why we created the Learning Lab program, which will be implemented if the legislation is passed.

The Learning Lab program is an after school space where students in middle school can learn accountability through homework completion, classwork monitoring, focus on passing state tests and gain mentorship as they work towards college and career readiness.

The skills and mentorship students will gain through our Learning Labs will have the ability to dramatically alter their future. Here are the key factors behind our program.

  1. Middle school is where we lose our students. Habits need to change in middle school in order for students to be successful in high school and beyond. Learning Labs is the best possible way to prepare students who need extra help.
  2. Not all students learn in the same way or at the same speed. Students need a place within the school system where learning can be tailored to their needs.
  3. The Learning Labs program is integrated within the school – not a form of supplemental education. This allows for the lab to collaborate with students’ regular teachers and for successful progress monitoring.

That’s where you come in.

Legislation in 2016 calls for a pilot program to be implemented in middle schools across Snohomish County. We need your help spreading the word about this excellent solution to some of Washington state’s toughest education issues. Urge congress to sponsor and support our future bill. Talk to students, parents, teachers, and administrators and ask for their voice. You can even donate yourself! 

With your help, we can spread the word about our future legislation. Ultimately, we want to work towards implement Learning Labs in all schools across Washington State. Your donation will help us gain the public’s support, and eventually help a middle school student in need of academic support. We view the Learning Lab program as the “push” to changing our academic culture. This push will have a snowball effect; if you donate and help one student, the overall environment will shift, and learning will prevail.

For more information and to make a contribution that will change the lives of students, please visit our campaign page.

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