Title

Project LION: Learning in Our Neighborhood A Community Partnership

First Presenter's Institution

Southeastern Louisiana University

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

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Brief Program Description

Project LION: (Learning in Your Own Neighborhood) is a community partnership working with high-need, low-income middle school students within their neighborhoods to improve academic outcomes by providing programming that focuses on school engagement, academic performance, enrichment, and personal and social skills while enhancing opportunities for teacher candidates to work with diverse populations of students.

Summary

Project LION is a Community-based partnership providing an after school program serving 147 at-risk students. The after school program is centrally located at the City Community Center. Transportation is provided by the local public school system. Services include academic tutoring, STEM activities, the Arts, and recreation. 50 students per month received full tuition scholarships from Project LION enabling them to attend after school program. The propose of Project LION is to improve middle school student outcomes by providing programming that focuses on school engagement, academic performance and personal and social skills while enhancing real-world ready opportunities for teacher candidates attending a local university

Evidence

Preliminary data: 44 teacher candidates from the local University completed 244 hours of observation and direct teaching. 50 students were provided fee waivers to attend after school program. Program attendance data was collected and compared to school attendance, grade point averages, and discipline referrals, preliminary data showed an increase in school attendance and grade point averages, and a decrease in disciplinary referrals. Classroom teachers reported improved classroom behavior and performance of at-risk student attending after school program compared to non-attending peers.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Gerlinde Beckers is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Southeastern Louisiana University located in Hammond, Louisiana. Dr. Beckers holds the Billups Endowed Professorship. She has publications related to at-risk and struggling adolescent readers and has presented at the state, regional, and national levels.

Keyword Descriptors

After School Program

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

3-6-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

3-6-2018 5:30 PM

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Project LION: Learning in Our Neighborhood A Community Partnership

Project LION: (Learning in Your Own Neighborhood) is a community partnership working with high-need, low-income middle school students within their neighborhoods to improve academic outcomes by providing programming that focuses on school engagement, academic performance, enrichment, and personal and social skills while enhancing opportunities for teacher candidates to work with diverse populations of students.