LEARNING LABS guarantees academic success when four essential program elements are implemented:
- strong parenting program with parents as a critical part of the academic team
- weekly monitoring of grades with focused feedback and support
- weekly congratulation awards to students meeting established expectations
- a positive, academic environment where students complete, redo, or makeup classroom assignments; available every school day until 6pm.
Did you know?
- children are in school only about 10% of their lives between Kindergarten and age 18.
- current high school students must pass 24 out 24 class credits and the annual state assessment in ELA and math to graduate high school.
- 740,000 jobs are available in Washington within the next 5 years. (Washington Roundtable)
- research indicates students excel when additional academic support is provided, and they understand the relationship among hard work, their choices and academic success.
LEARNING LABS Program ImplementationAcademic Link Outreach is implementing LEARNING LABS in middle schools beginning September 2018. Currently LEARNING LABS is providing academic support to 6th grade students at Olympic View Middle School, in the Mukilteo School District. In 2019-2019 school year implementation is anticipated for all four of the Edmonds School District Middle schools. LEARNING LABS academic support program begins with the incoming middle school class. LEARNING LABS is a beyond-the-school-day academic support program and not considered for basic education funding. Currently Districts cannot allocate resources for the program. ALO is actively seeking partnerships from county, city, community businesses and service organizations to fund LEARNING LABS programs. A comprehensive LEARNING LABS manual will be used as a guide for planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of the program. The “how to” manual, if followed, will guarantee student academic success!
PATH to College Success was a three-year project in collaboration with College Spark Washington and the Edmonds School District. Its purpose was to determine how all students can academically excel and be college ready. This project followed a group of 6th graders leaving elementary school through middle school and through their 9th grade year of high school.
The three-year study established an academic culture among these students, taught them necessary study and test-taking skills, and monitored their progress with feedback continuously. A major aspect of the study was holding these students accountable to the system and motivating them to excel. We followed these students through the next three years of high school.
KITE is a homework center, tutoring and mentoring program which helps multi-family communities set up study tables for their children after school. The KITE program is designed to provide mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment opportunities for youth in grades 6 through 9 outside of the school day. A certified high school teacher manages the twice-weekly study table program, while high school volunteers, adult volunteers, educational programs, and computer-based learning are used to facilitate academic support.
We have published an all inclusive 107 page “How To” manual which provides a template for setting up a homework study club (KITE program). This manual allows one to set up and operate a systematic, organized study table/tutoring program. The information contained in the manual is taken from our three year KITE program and includes material on site selection, personnel, and day-to-day operations. One of the most valuable features of the manual is a set of 35 study skill lessons in an easy to present format. Also included are numerous examples of forms, letters and newsletters which can be customized to fit individual needs.