Welcome to Inspiring Minds Matthew Billings Program Director mbillings@InspiringMindsRI.org Ryan Kelly Outreach Coordinator VISTA rkelly@InspiringMindsRI.org
Volunteer Orientation Agenda Who We Are Policies and Procedures Success Strategies Opportunity Description
MISSION Inspiring Minds’ mission is to provide Providence public school students with the educational support services and personalized help they need to grow academically and socially. VISION Inspiring Minds’ vision is that all Providence public school students have an equal chance at academic success. We see Inspiring Minds as being the provider of superior tutorial and mentoring services, educational resources and individual attention which truly affect academic outcomes and build skills for the 21st century.
Our Place In The Community Inspiring Minds was founded in 1963 as Lippitt Hill Tutorial, to address the inequalities born out of school desegregation Oldest and largest academic volunteer program in RI Inspiring Minds currently places more than 1,200 volunteers, who tutor approximately3,000 students Network of Volunteers Unique Intervention
Inspiring Minds Volunteer Programs Classroom Support Help at the point of learning Power Lunch! Cooperate partnership Kid’sBridge Kindergarten transition URI Science Camps exploring science IM TechCenter Tutoring/ELL/Engineering Reading Buddies & Math Buddies Targeted Intervention
Once weekly during the school year, for a one year commitment.
Volunteers work with small groups who rotate in and out of a
Volunteers participate in ongoing trainings conducted by
Providence Literacy Coaches.
Reading & Math Buddies are currently running
in 14 schools serving over 600 students
IM Tech Center Supporting the social and academic needs of high school students, primarily from the High Schools across the street Math and Science based tutoring and academic support. Monday-Thursday from 3:00PM to 5:30PM. As little as 1 day a week, to 4 days a week. Engineering and ELL classes
Individual and Small Group Academic Support Once a week during the school year, for a one year commitment. Partnering with Literacy Coaches, and Classroom Instructors. Provide academic support, in a one-on-one or small group setting. Parents and teachers have noted that students who receive academic support have a higher attendance rate, increased class participation, and more positive attitudes about learning.
Inspiring Mindsand The Providence Public School Department Our partnership with the Providence School Department allows Inspiring Mindsto deliver services to students. Interconnectivity between volunteers, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, department staff, and Inspiring Minds. We rely on your good judgment and decision making. What we ask of you is the same as what the school department asks of their employees.
Confidentiality A strict code of confidentiality is designed to protect the privacy rights of students and families. Do not discuss your students with people other than your teachers, or appropriate school staff. Any concerns with a student’s safety must be reported to the school or Inspiring Minds. If a secret is told to you in confidence, and it is not harming the student, or anyone else, you can keep it a secret. When in doubt ask the teacher or staff.
You are in the classroom as a result of a request made by the teacher
The teacher is the lead in the classroom at all times
Follow the teacher’s cues, language and dress Continuity and consistency is key to learning
Exchange contact information with your classroom teacher: Keep the lines of communication open
Establish how you and your student would like to be addressed
Take time to talk, and get to know them
Tell them why you are in their school, and let them know how often you will be seeing them
Show that you are interested, and take the time to listen
Share some of your interests Praise when appropriate Start each session with a conversation Relax and be patient Establish a trust dynamic. Students should be able to ask questions, without feeling “stupid”
Your First Day Arrive Early! Find the front door, and go to the Main Office Identify yourself as a Inspiring Minds volunteer Place your Sign In sheet in the Inspiring Minds binder Arriving early might give you a chance to chat with the classroom teacher
Ask the teacher what she/he expects you to accomplish, and what they want you to work on
Call the teacher or school if you are going to be late or absent.
If your classroom teacher is absent, ask if you can still meet with your students.
Signing in/out is critical to the program’s success. It is how we report on hours, students and volunteers
Sign In Sheets are placed in the Inspiring Mindsbinder at the main office of the school
You may also be required to sign in with the school as well, which is separate for signing in with Inspiring Minds
What You Can Expect From Inspiring Minds Response to challenges, and check-ins. Sharing the results of our findings. Support through out your time at Inspiring Minds. Information about other activities going on within the organization.
Find, Join and Spread Inspiring Minds www.inspiringmindsri.org