The overall operation of the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition is the responsibility of the K12 Education Outreach Program Director for Ultrafast Optical Science, Jeannine LaSovage. She generates short- and long-term planning strategies; manages and implements all Coalition programs, projects, and activities; and is the adviser for the Reach Out! student organization that recruits and supports volunteers for particular Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti sites.
Program Assistant Martha Toth edits Coalition publications and reports, provides technical support and Web training to school-based learning communities in Pontiac and Ypsilanti, helps design databases for record keeping, and serves as Webmaster for the Coalition Web site. Research Associate Joyce Sutton creates and maintains Coalition databases, collects and interprets data, and produces reports on Coalition programs, projects, and activities.
Our two largest tutor/mentoring sites each have an adult coordinator to resolve problems on site, in addition to a student coordinator concerned with recruiting and matching volunteers. Joyce Sutton fills this role at Chapelle Elementary School in Ypsilanti and Doris Calvert performs this function at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School. In similar fashion, CUOS staff member Faye Booker-Logan spends four hours per week planning and coordinating on site the elementary and secondary science clubs we run at Ypsilanti's Community Church of God Opportunity Center.
Parent Learning Community Coordinators, funded by an NSF Supplemental Grant, are located at Ypsilanti's George Elementary and Pontiac's Owen Elementary Schools. LC Coordinators Sherri Ahearn and Susie Shoemaker are responsible for building local learning coalitions and for integrating community and university resources into community and classroom programs.
UM student coordinators are employed on work-study status to organize and manage outreach activities: to solicit and format for Web posting career exploration resources, to develop new hands-on lessons, to coordinate community center science clubs and tutor/mentoring at particular sites, and to manage Coalition public relations. Reach Out!, an education outreach office, is staffed and managed by and for students, with sponsorship and guidance from the Program Director. This group has taken over the majority of tasks related to recruiting large numbers of UM volunteers for our various programs and to creating and maintaining experiment kits in our K12 lab for outreach use.
Tutor/mentors (who include students, faculty, staff, and community members) are responsible for conducting individualized tutoring for elementary or high school students matched with them by program coordinators. Science club leaders (students and research staff) plan and implement lessons and experiments with their particular groups of children or teens weekly or bi-monthly.
|1998 Progress Report|
|A. The Problem|
|B. The Solution|
|A. Organization and Management|
|B. Systemic Initiatives to Build School-Centered Learning Communities|
|C. Coalition Web Site|
|D. Reach Out! Student Organization|
|E. Math-Science Tutor/Mentoring Programs|
|F. Science Outreach Programs|
|G. Coalition Building and Stakeholder Development|
|Appendix A: Coalition Partners List|
|Appendix B: Web-Site Home Page|