City Year New York corps members have started a school-wide math initiative to bring kids up to speed.
New York's state standardized tests are in April, and they're pretty high stakes: if students don't pass the math section, some of them, unfortunately, may not move on to the next grade. Since many students here at P.S. 154 struggle to keep their math scores up to par, I and my fellow City Year New York corps members often run multiplication drills during lunch, or play math games with them after school.
While there are also many websites and resources that we can refer students and parents to that provide entertaining and challenging math activities, we decided we wanted to take additional action ourselves. So, in the beginning of January, one of my teammates, Sam, started a school-wide math initiative called the Problem of the Week.
What do schools that overcome challenges all have in common? They become true communities.
In our A City Education series, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.
In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy writes, "All happy families are like one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." I can see some resemblance of this idea in education.
A school may face policy problems like curriculum and funding or it may struggle with larger community problems like poverty, violence and substance abuse. But the schools that overcome those challenges and are the most effective all seem to have something in common: They have a diverse group people who care enough to do whatever it takes to help that school succeed. In fact, it seems to me that the more people who have a vested interest in seeing a school succeed, the more likely it is to happen.
Help City Year AmeriCorps members provide the extra care and attention students need to stay on track to graduate.
Most people would agree that starting a family is a major game changer. The second a child comes in to your life you are no longer the priority. Every bit of focus is about what’s best for your family, and you will do anything to provide them with the best possible opportunities in life.
I am no exception to this rule. I want my two young daughters to have everything they need to be successful—and I believe that education is the key to their success.