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❶Establishing and communicating a schedule will help parents and students know what to expect, and will encourage students to use time-management skills. The After School Homework Assistance and Tutorial program starts two weeks after the opening of schools and remains open until the closing of all schools.

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High school students are encouraged to volunteer and complete their community service learning hours and study in the reserved computer room at the center. All volunteers agreed to background checks to ensure the safety of all children. Parents will also support the fundraising efforts for the program. Tutors will be at every station to assist with the home assignments. All tutors will go through a brief training program to understand the core principles of mentoring, safety, rules and regulations.

This volunteer based program accepts applications from interested adults who are willing to give their time and support. All children are monitored in a big group session at all times. The program will include supper, snacks, academic games, tutorials, mentoring, a Reading Club, a chess club, a nutrition club, a poetry club, an art club and a foreign language component. The Druid Heights community is located two miles northwest of downtown Baltimore in zip code of the 44th Legislative District, within Census Tract The juvenile arrest rate, although declining, is still high compared to the overall statistics for the city.

Crime and drug activity in the Druid Heights community is high. Most parents are at work when children return home from school. This is a critical time in the day when children need supervision and academic support. The after school program will keep them out of the street and away from trouble.

The after school program will identify the needs of families and provide resources and assistance from program offered at the community center. Families will access to a myriad of services. Staff from the program and designated volunteers will visit the schools of the participants on a bi-weekly basis or as necessary to determine the progress of our students.

A core principle is to celebrate all progress for each student. We believe in positive reinforcement and will apply it on the daily basis. A cart will be posted with the name of each participant where award points can be added for successes throughout the school year.

All awards, certificates and good Progress Reports will earn students are point on the board. The points can also be awarded for participation and good behavior. In the after school program children are encouraged to read books, practice good grammar and do math exercises while learning and having fun.

The program will serve three major goals for the community:. To reinforce reading and math skills during the homework time in order to prevent children from falling behind while reinforcing academic achievements.

To support struggling families by giving their children education, mentorship and hope for a better future. Many community residents and volunteers from around the City are looking for ways to give back. This program will offer an opportunity for people to come in and assist the children in the community.

All volunteers will be subject to a background check and will work under the direction of the Office of Community Resources. Tavon Benson, Community Organizer is the direct contact for the program. Anthony Pressley, Director of Community Resources is the general overseer of the program.

All reporting is to Mr. In a classroom setting, desks are arranged so that students with similar work can help each other with the guidance of a qualified facilitator. There is also a quiet room where students work on an individual basis with a Title 1 instructor.

All the students are encouraged to rotate between the classroom and quiet room to maximize their study experience. Students work at their own pace, and if they finish before the homework portion of the afterschool program is over, they can move to another room and work on education-based games, either individually or in groups. Materials Afterschool staff work with textbooks and other materials that students bring to the afterschool program to complete their individual homework assignments.

About the Curriculum There is no specific homework curriculum. Time Begin by determining a regular time during afterschool that is devoted to homework. Establishing and communicating a schedule will help parents and students know what to expect, and will encourage students to use time-management skills.

Having a consistent schedule helps students develop an effective homework routine. Space Think about the space you have, the students in your program, and what they need to be productive and successful.

If you have students in a range of grade levels, structure smaller spaces for individuals or groups to work quietly. If some students finish homework before others, set aside space for quiet activities such as reading or computer activities with headphones.

Materials If your afterschool program is in a school or another organization that does not provide permanent closets or shelves to store supplies, purchase or request donated rolling carts, rolling suitcases, or storage bins. Keep your materials and supplies organized and ready to roll out and use each day.

Be Certain To Do This Communicate with school or district personnel about how much time students should be devoting to homework. Research recommends that students spend 10 minutes on homework for each grade level per day.

For example, a fourth grader should spend no more than 40 minutes on homework. Whether you are starting with an empty gym or a well-equipped classroom, having the right materials and space configuration is essential. Research shows that students are more successful when they devote regular, set amounts of time to homework, and when they are able to work on their homework in a structured, self-selected space. When the homework environment is organized and managed effectively, students know what to expect, begin working promptly in their designated space, and are less prone to distraction.

Routines, clear expectations, and well thought-out space configurations reduce behavior problems and disruptions, leading to more productive use of time and increased achievement. The purpose of this section is to explore some of the skills and procedures shown in the video vignette Managing and Organizing the Homework Environment. In the video, you can see how a real afterschool program implements elements of this Homework practice. You may want to watch the video once prior to reading this section so that you can become acquainted with how the featured afterschool program organizes its homework center and manages homework help.

Jot down notes as you watch. Next, read about suggested ideas in Build Your Homework Help Practice and answer the accompanying questions. If time permits, view the video a second time. Compare the strategies that the instructors use in the video with your own current practice. At the Hillside Elementary School Program in Berlin, New Hampshire, fourth through sixth grade students receive homework assistance in a range of subjects based on the school-day curriculum for that grade level.

Afterschool staff work with textbooks and other materials that students bring to the afterschool program to complete their individual homework assignments. All students rotate between the classroom and quiet room to maximize their study experience. Students work at their own pace.

If they finish before the homework portion of the afterschool program is over—or do not have homework on that particular day—they can move to another space and work on education-based games either individually or in groups. Work with individual students on homework. In the video, afterschool instructors primarily help students with homework by providing one-on-one assistance and tutoring.

Sometimes instructors ask open-ended questions to elicit student thinking about the problem they are working on. At other times, instructors ask questions to assess student understanding and comprehension. Some instructors are school-day teachers and are able to provide help with specific content-related problems. Ask Yourself How do you use questioning techniques to draw out student thinking and help them find their own answers to problems?

How do you use questioning to test student understanding? Are there school-day teachers or other staff who can provide support for students in a particular content area? Tutoring, Mentoring, and Building Study Skills. Plan a schedule for homework center activities and follow it consistently. In the video, when students first enter the homework help portion of the afterschool program, they are provided with a snack and an engaging warm-up activity such as a group game or question of the day.

If students have no homework, they sign up to play educational games or work on projects in a separate space from the homework help center. Ask Yourself Do you follow a consistent routine with students so that they know what to do and where they need to go whether they have homework or not?

Provide at least two separate areas where students can focus on their homework. In the video, a Title I classroom provides a quiet place for students to get one-on-one help with the instructor. A regular classroom provides a space for students to talk about assignments and work collaboratively. Do you arrange the desks for small-group or large-group collaborative work? Offer help to students who have difficulty reading or understanding assignments by allowing them to work in a smaller, private workspace with one-on-one attention.

In the video, a student is shown working with an instructor in a Title I room. In this smaller room, with partitions that provide privacy, it is easier for students to get and accept individual help.

The instructor sits closely to the student as he or she works. She asks each student to read the text or assignment aloud. She asks each to explain what he or she is doing as they work, or thinking about the assigned work. Ask Yourself Do you have a quiet, private space where students who may require more one-on-one assistance can receive it without judgment or embarrassment? Do you ask students to re-read text or assignments to test their understanding of what they are working on?

Do you ask them probing questions? In the video, students report that outcomes from homework help include: Ask Yourself What are the outcomes of organizing and managing a high-quality homework help center? Do you think that these outcomes are met by your homework help center? Are there ways that you can organize and manage your homework center to improve student outcomes?

Think about your answers to the following questions: How do you organize and manage your homework center? What did you learn about this practice from seeing it in action? What are some new strategies that you would like to try in your program?

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When shopping for an afterschool program for kids with learning and attention issues, it’s important to look at how the program handles homework. Homework is one of the keys to academic success. But getting it done takes organization and time management skills.

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help. As a part of academic homework support, many afterschool programs offer tutoring and mentoring services. Afterschool tutoring programs that help students with academic work report an increase in achievement for students who participated on a regular basis (Bender, Giovanis, & Mazzoni, ).

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After-School Homework Assistance and Tutorial Program The Druid Heights After-School Hom ework Assistance and Tutorial program will operate Monday through Thursday afternoons from pm until pm at the Druid Heights Community Center located at McCulloh Street in Baltimore, Maryland. When Homework is not Home Work: After-School Programs for Homework Assistance COSDEN, MORRISON, ALBANESE, The data suggest that after-school homework-assistance programs can serve a protective function for children at-risk for school AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK PROGRAMS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS.

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Homework Help is for students who attend BGCS/BGMS. It gives the elementary students an opportunity to get the extra help they need on their homework from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program is available until 5 p.m. ONLY on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for elementary and middle school students. The general charge of an afterschool program is to help students succeed in school; and if homework is required by the school, then many afterschool programs see homework support as part of that charge.