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Our classroom mentor program pairs community members with title 1 classrooms to build positive relationships and help students reach their math growth goals.


Our Approach

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Teacher Designed Support & Instruction

We believe there is no better person to provide  instruction based on individual students' needs than their classroom teacher. Our program is in direct partnership with teachers who are ready to welcome our Classroom Mentors and are willing to prepare targeted activities each week for students in need. 

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Trained & Committed Classroom Mentors

We understand that consistency is key and so do our Classroom Mentors. Our training provides a better look in to understanding poverty, cultural competency, and behavior management techniques so our Classroom Mentors are confident in each weekly, one-hour session.

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Connection Events

Because relationships are at the center of all that we do, we believe in providing time & space for our partnered teachers and Classroom Mentors to connect not only inside the classroom, but out. We host quarterly, casual events for networking, planning, and relationship building to make an even bigger impact.


 
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Classroom Mentor Requirements

  • Work with students in math (teacher provides weekly instruction)

  • One hour a week commitment (same day and time each week)

  • One year Program Commitment (October-April)

  • Attend Classroom Mentor Orientation (2 hours)

  • Darkness to Light Certification

  • Attend Connection Events throughout the year

  • Pass criminal background check

  • 18+ years of age


Classroom Mentor Timeline

Monday, September 10 | Sign Ups Launch

Wednesday, September 26 | Classroom Mentor Training at Sanders-Clyde Elementary

Thursday, September 27 | Darkness to Light Training

Thursday, October 4 | Classroom Mentor Training at Mitchell Elementary

Saturday, October 6 | All-Day Training

October 8-12 | Classroom Orientation (visit your class & meet your teacher/mentees)

October 15 | Program Launches

 

*Individuals complete Classroom Mentor Training yearly

*Individuals must take Darkness to Light Training if they have not taken it before

 


Frequently Asked Questions :

Why do we only work with students in mathematics?

While there are many great nonprofits that help support reading, there is little to no supplemental support for students struggling in mathematics. Because of this, our program focuses on helping students reach their end-of-year math goals. 

How many students do I work with and do I have to prepare their math activities for our session?

You will work with 2-3 students and will not create any curriculum or activities. Because of the direct partnership with our teachers, they are committed to creating individualized activities weekly that best meet students academic need. 

What are connection events?

Connection Events are laid-back gatherings designed to connect Classroom Mentors and partnered teachers outside of the classroom. We also host events strictly for partnered teachers to network with other classroom teachers in the District; as well as Classroom Mentor only events to celebrate and connect those serving our Title 1 schools!


2016 Classroom Mentor Promo Video 

Charleston County School District Highlight Video

Classroom Mentor Testimionials