Final CUOS K–12 Education Outreach Program Report, March 2002

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VI. Appendices

Appendix D. Program Summaries 1995–2001

Obviously, we had programs before the summer of 1995, but we do not have complete records for that period. We have nearly a thousand named volunteers (A–L and M–Z) in a database for this period. Of that number, about 390 worked in one or more of our programs for more than one semester. In fact, 165 returned for three or more semesters, 86 for four or more, 49 for five or more—ranging up to 20 continuous seasons volunteering in our programs!

1. Science Clubs


Ann Arbor Area

  • Arrowwood Hills Community Center Science Clubs: 2001–02, 2000–01, 1999–2000.
  • Bethel AME Church Science Clubs: 2000–01.
  • Bryant Community Center Science Clubs: 2001–02, 2000–01, 1999–2000.
  • CUOS Saturday Science Days 1996.
  • Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Programs: Spring 1997, Spring 1995.
  • Future Science: Future Engineering Programs: 1996, 1995.
  • Hikone Recreation Center Science Clubs: 2001–02, 2000–01, 1999–2000.
  • North Maple Estates Community Impact Science Clubs: 1999–2000, 1998–99, Spring 1998; (has continued independently under Prof. Bill Schultz and friends).
  • Peace Neighborhood Center Science Clubs: Fall 1999–Fall 2000, 1998–99, Summer 1998, 1997–98, Summer 1997, Spring 1997 Science Days with Golden Key Society, Summer 1996.
  • Pinelake Village Community Center Science Clubs: 2001–02, 2000–01, 1999–2000.


Ypsilanti Area


Pontiac Area



  • Alternative Spring Break Week 1998, Miami
  • Alternative Spring Break Week 1997, Boston
  • Girl Scouts Science Day 1997, Brighton

2. Career Exploration Programs


Career Clubs

Owen ES Career Clubs: spring 1999, 1999–2000


Career Mentoring

  • Pioneer HS Kiwanis Career Mentors: fall 1999, fall 2000
  • Slauson MS Kiwanis Career Mentors: spring 1999, spring 2001


Personal Discovery and Career Workshops

  • Pioneer HS Workshops, spring 1999 through fall 2000
  • Neutral Zone Personal Discovery Slumber Party, spring 2000
  • Neutral Zone Career Seminar, spring 1998


Career Fairs

Neutral Zone Career CONNECT Fair: spring 2001


Career Presenters

Recruited at least 86 local people willing to make career presentations (79 still active)


Job Shadowing Providers

Recruited at least 48 local people willing to allow job shadowing (41 still active


Work-Place Tours

Solicited at least 69 local businesses and other work places willing to allow tours (59 still active)

3. Academic and Personal Mentoring


Elementary tutor/mentoring

  • Chapelle ES: 42 mentors worked with 31 elementary students after school from fall 1997–spring 1999.
  • Camp Discovery: 23 volunteer counselors provided a summer day camp for 37 children from subsidized housing sites: 1999, 2000, 2001.


Secondary tutor/mentoring

  • 44 mentors worked with 165 HS students at CUOS and other sites for at least a semester from fall 1995 through spring 1997.
  • 256 mentors worked with 283 students at Pioneer HS for at least a semester from fall 1997 through spring 2001.
  • 58 mentors worked with 57 teens for at least a semester at the Neutral Zone from fall 1998 through winter 2002.
  • 7 mentors worked with 7 teens from Slauson MS from fall 2001 through winter 2002.
  • 5 mentors taught summer courses for 14 teens in algebra and chemistry in the summers of 1997, 2000, and 2001.

4. Services to Teachers and Other Community Members


More than 400 teachers were served by our inservices, tech training, in-class science activities, and academic or career mentoring programs from 1995–2002.


Research Experiences for Teachers

11 teachers and teachers in training came to CUOS in the summers of 1999 and 2000 to learn about both optics and pedagogical research and how both might enrich teaching and learning experiences they coordinate.


UM Sneaker Tours

More than 100 business, community, government, foundation, K–12, and higher education guests of UM’s Office of the Vice President for University Relations were hosted in 1997–98, in workshops on using the Internet in instruction and in building community coalitions.

5. Learning Community Development

This term includes meetings with individuals and with groups large and small. When people contact us, often after having seen our Web sites, we meet with them to explain what we do, to learn what they want to do, and to explore ways we might work together or that we can help them to accomplish their goals; we call this stakeholder development. Our Peer Review in fall 2001 [see Appendix A] recommended that we consider this “consulting” side of our work as a legitimate and growing function, so that we might help others replicate our kind of programming.

    Such development also includes special services to partners or potential partners to build good will and relationships that might lead to deeper collaborations; regular team meetings and planning meetings with existing partners to refine joint programs; training and orientation sessions; volunteer recruiting efforts such as mass meetings and presentations at organizational events; and formal presentations of program accomplishments to stakeholder groups, especially those that have provided joint funding.

    Following are some examples and details.

A. Coalition Meetings

Date Where Theme Attendees
9/14/95 Univ. of
Brought together Ypsilanti Learning Community stakeholders and CUOS and UM people to examine whether we could continue in some form with CUOS and change our focus to math, science, technology and careers. 26
9/29/95 CUOS,
3 small-group sessions on tutoring, a new name, people & groups to work with. 21
11/9/95 CUOS,
Explored ways to facilitate career exploration, “wizard” program of traveling scientists, training and organization for tutoring and science clubs, possible Web site. 10
11/16/95 CUOS,
Detailed planning for science clubs 12
1/11/96 CUOS,
Creation of Web site prompts need for tech training so people can use it! Planning for math tutoring at CUOS, Saturday Morning Science, DAPCEP, and SummerScience for Girls. CUOS grad students propose a student outreach group to recruit volunteers. 7
3/14/96 CUOS,
Reports from Pontiac Owen and Detroit Lessenger schools; on attempts to work with UM partner base (MEPO, CEW, OAMI, CAEN, EECS, HKN); contacts with WSU Merrill Palmer Institute, Wayne State, Oakland Univ., Jeffries 4-H Center in Detroit. 16
6/13/96 Dow Con-
Lab, UM
Tech training on using the Web, our site; also planning on tutoring, Family Math and Science Program, student outreach. 33
10/3/96 CUOS,
Updates on student outreach office; stakeholder development (new partners). Washtenaw County update: CUOS/campus math tutoring, Pioneer High, Peace, Willow Run Kaiser, Ypsi Chapelle/ NSBE science club and math tutoring, 2 Ypsi Cobble Creek science clubs, Ypsi CCoG Opportunity Center science clubs. Oakland County: Pontiac Owen ES LC coordinator job description and model school LC plan. Susie now paid 1/2 UM and 1/2 Pontiac schools. Wayne County: Detroit Lessenger MS and search for community coordinator, Jeffries Project planning. Web update: tutor sites, lessons, wizards, career resources, training and camps. 23
2/6/97 Cobble
Charles Aileni hosted. Congresswoman Lynn Rivers spoke. Reviewed a summary of our first annual Coalition annual evaluation report! UM Student Outreach office has opened up, has target programs, plan for tutor recruitment, tech support projects, Alternative Spring Break program, DAPCEP program, Alicia presenting at WEPAN Conference. Updates from each county. Sneaker Tours with UM Community Outreach groups from Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids. New web homepage design. Discussion on money needs and fund-raising. 30
6/25/97 Detroit
Wow! What those Moms can do! Susie, Sherri, Doris shared what they are doing at Owen, George, and Pioneer. Deb McCartney shared Reach Out! and plans for campus-wide movement. Tim Vandekerckhove gave Detroit Edison tour. Martha gave Web-site and tech training news; 17 web workshops held for 256. 18
10/23/97 McMath-
Update on science lessons and kits developed. Science clubs moving to mentoring model (same volunteers with same kids. Academic mentoring going well at Pioneer under Karyl: solid orientation, databases, teacher buy-in. Ypsi Chapelle and UM NSBE group working with 2nd and 3rd graders, with some transportation issues. Sandy Rosa shared Detroit programs; Nicole Yohalem Willow Run and Ypsi; Susie and friends gave in-depth presentation on Pontiac programs. We enjoyed tour of observatory. 21
2/19/98 George
Sherri Ahearn gave tour of LC room, overview of her job and how all is going. Aarti, Karyl, Cherita shared UM Reach Out! progress. Aarti and JL meeting with UM HOPE advisory to explore working together. We will help them with Web site and share our tutoring and career models. Working on 21st Century Learning Community Centers program proposal. 25
10/22/98 Wayne
4-H Ext.
Featuring 4-H friends from Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland counties. Jeffries coordinators shared science clubs, parenting workshops and support, tutoring. We toured Jeffries Community Center after meeting. Minutes on line. 29
1/28/00 AAPS
Balas II
Bldg., Ann
Feature: “Mentoring.” Service Learning - mentoring for credit/UM Psych class; Pioneer High Trailblazers; Elementary Peer mentoring – Susie’s science and tech wizards; Community Mentoring - academic mentoring at Neutral Zone, Kiwanis Career mentoring at Slauson and Pioneer; Reach Out! UM undergrads - academic, career, science club mentoring. Minutes on line. 40
10/13/01 Wash-
County 4-H
Featuring our support for the national Afterschool Alliance program and the Lights On Afterschool! public awareness campaign in October, focusing on after-school academic and tech-related programs: Reach Out! Science Clubs, Pontiac Environmental Youth Task Forces, Family Learning Institute, MSU 4-H training available for clubs and community groups based on the Search Institute’s “Asset Approach.” 14
Summary: 15 Coalition meetings at sites in Detroit, Pontiac, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor, with 325 attendees from five counties and out of state, representing higher education, K–12 education, community/parent groups, business, and government

B. Small-Group Meetings

Our databases (admittedly incomplete) show the following categories of meetings:
  Purpose of Meeting No. Meetings No. Attendees
  Program planning (including team meetings) 153   1127  
  Inservices (including mentor orientations) 66   998  
  Stakeholder development (including new partners) 110   1894  
  Volunteer recruiting meetings and events 23   1037  
  Presentations (usually to funding partners at program end) 10   911  
    362   5967  

C. Personal Coaching

Our outreach staff has, over the years, provided extensive personal coaching to (and often created temporary Web sites for) people from dozens of groups in this and nearby communities who were beginning new initiatives with goals related to our own. They have included the Computer Challenge Clubs, the UM Health Occupations Partnership in Education, the Sisters of the Atonement in Detroit, Serendipity Reading Clubs, The Neutral Zone teen center, the Downtown Ann Arbor Kiwanis club, the Ford Rouge plant outreach planners, the North Maple Estates science club, an individual from GM who wants to start a mentoring program, the Washtenaw Mentoring Alliance, the YES Coalition, the Ypsilanti Schools Math-Science Academy planning group, Ann Arbor Bethel AME Church, Ypsilanti Community Church of God, Detroit World Outreach, two Wayne State University K–12 outreach groups, Pontiac Boys & Girls Club, McMath-Hulbert Observatory, the City of Pontiac, Pontiac Schools, and—on campus—Eta Kappa Nu, Circle K, the PreMed Club, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

    Additionally, we provided workshops for school and community folks from all over lower Michigan who were brought to campus for “Sneaker Tours” through the State Outreach program of the UM Office of Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. Director LaSovage made several trips to Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo to help some of them build their own coalitions and programs.

D. Specialized Services for Partners

Often, we attempt to fill needs for our partners that can seem like more work than they are worth, objectively speaking. However, we consider this an important aspect of building real partnerships; such services deepen our relationships and usually lead to joint programs that serve both our objectives. Here are some examples.

Sneaker Tours. The university’s Office of the Vice President for University Relations has offered what they call Sneaker Tours (meaning: wear your walking shoes!) for community folks from the outstate areas, busing groups of 15–20 around campus and apprising them of various UM academic outreach programs they may want to hook up with. At the request of the office’s Lew Morrissey, Jim Kosteva, Richard Carter, and Kristyna Meyer, we hosted groups half-a-dozen times in 1997–98, doing a Web workshop to show the kinds of things available on the Internet, using our own site as an example of how this technology can facilitate community coalitions. These groups included business and community folk, local government officials, foundation and higher education folk, school board trustees, teachers, and administrators from Bay City, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek. Our K–12 Outreach Director traveled several times to these communities to help them to develop community coalitions like ours.

Ann Arbor Fifth-Grade Campus Visit. In spring 2001, our Elementary Program Coordinator Deb Hamann provided logistical support (somehow, that phrase does not capture the amount of work involved!) and set up a full day of activities for the entire fifth grade cohort from Ann Arbor’s Pattengill School. Our only relationship with the school had been that its new principal, Bob Galardi, had been Pioneer High’s principal when we began our mentoring program there. He had to get the children out of the school on the day all the other students spent with their prospective teachers for 2001–2002. Debbie called on many of the folks who provide activities all over campus for Camp Discovery in the summer, plus all the volunteers she could round up. We traipsed all over campus in a schedule so packed that at least one activity had to be omitted. The day was very successful and served as an entree to other connections with the school. In fall 2001 and winter 2002, we coordinated two lunch-time science clubs there and advised students on choosing and implementing science fair projects.

Detroit Fifth-Grade Campus Visit. When 90 fifth graders from Detroit’s Mann Learning Center came for a day-long visit, Deb helped to arrange a couple of hands-on science activities for them. CUOS scientist John Nees, with plenty of volunteer help, helped them to make lemon batteries, which were then connected into several large circuits. The children named their table groups and had fun competing for the highest voltage. In the process, they learned a bit about electrical circuits and about experimentation—as the winning group succeeded by kneading their lemons to release more juice from the pulp and so increasing conductivity. She also arranged for scientists we have partnered with before to provide another activity, augmented by volunteer help she recruited.

K-grams Kids-Fair. UM Circle K organizes an annual campus visit as the culmination of a year-long pen-pal program that pairs hundreds of UM students living in residence halls with elementary school children in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. The elementary school pen pals spend an entire day with their college buddies, participating in games, sports, and activities sponsored by over 100 student organizations. We have provided a hands-on science activity table every year for the program, and will be doing so again on March 22, 2002.

Workshops for Incoming UM Freshmen. September 2001 was the first time UM offered such workshops. Reach Out! was the only group that provided sessions for all four time periods:

  1. College—A Fresh Start and Some Cautions
  2. Get the Grades You Want Without Surrendering a Social Life
  3. Catch the Community Service Spirit
  4. What Turns You On?

The content for these all came from Karyl Shand’s work with the teen academic mentoring program and with Kiwanis career mentors, which shows how what we learn and do with teens is very often applicable to our UM students. Our new coordinators also stepped right up to present these workshops, since the students who prepared them in the spring had all graduated! This demonstrates how well our training and coaching model works—allowing a passing of the baton to the next generation of leaders. It exemplifies the selfless teamwork we engender, and the way our flexibility allows us to build upon individual and collective assets.

Web Pages. We often provide a temporary Web presence within our own site for our partners, until they can manage their own Web sites. We created and managed, for a time, the original Web pages for Serendipity Reading Clubs, the UM Health Occupations Partnership in Education, The Neutral Zone teen center, and the Downtown Ann Arbor Kiwanis club. The latest group for which we have provided this service is the Washtenaw Mentoring Alliance.

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