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VIPS Volunteer Orientation

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Volunteers In Providence School 2010 Volunteer Orientation

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VIPS Volunteer Orientation

  1. 1. Volunteers in Providence Schools<br />905 Westminster Street<br />Providence, RI 02903<br />Welcome VIPS Volunteers<br />Matthew Billings<br />Program Director<br />mbillings@vips4kids.org<br />Ryan Kelly<br />Outreach Coordinator VISTA<br />rkelly@vips4kids.org<br />
  2. 2. Volunteer Orientation Agenda<br />Who We Are: VIPS<br />Policies and Procedures<br />Success Strategies<br />Opportunity Description<br />
  3. 3. MISSION<br />VIPS&apos; mission is to provide Providence public school students with the educational support services and personalized help they need to grow academically and socially.<br />VISION<br />VIPS&apos; vision is that all Providence public school students have an equal chance at academic success. We see VIPS 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.<br />
  4. 4. Our Place In The Community<br />VIPS was founded in 1963 as Lippitt Hill Tutorial, to address the inequalities born out of school desegregation<br />Oldest and largest academic volunteer program in RI<br /><ul><li>VIPS currently places more than 1,000-1,100 volunteers, who tutor more than 3,000 students
  5. 5. Network of Volunteers
  6. 6. Unique Intervention </li></li></ul><li>VIPS Volunteer Programs<br />Technology Center<br />Tutoring/ELL/Engineering<br />Reading Buddies & Math Buddies<br /> Targeted Intervention<br />Classroom Support<br />Help at the point of learning<br />Power Lunch!<br /> cooperate partnership<br />URI Science Saturdays<br /> exploring science<br />Kid’sBridge<br />Kindergarten transition <br />
  7. 7. Reading & Math Buddies <br /><ul><li>Research based Literacy Intervention Program.
  8. 8. Once weekly during the school year, for a one year commitment.
  9. 9. Volunteers work with small groups who rotate in and out of a</li></ul> literacy station.<br /><ul><li>Volunteers participate in ongoing trainings conducted by </li></ul> Providence Literacy Coaches.<br /><ul><li> Reading & Math Buddies are currently running </li></ul> in 11 schools serving over 600 students <br />
  10. 10. Technology Center<br /><ul><li>Supporting the social and academic needs of high school students, primarily from the “High School Hub” across the street</li></ul>Math and Science based tutoring and academic support.<br />Monday-Thursday from 3:00PM to 5:30PM.<br />As little as 1 day a week, to 4 days a week.<br /><ul><li>Engineering and ELL classes</li></li></ul><li>Individual and Small Group Academic Support<br />Once a week during the school year, for a one year commitment.<br />Partnering with Literacy Coaches, and Classroom Instructors.<br />Provide academic support, in a one-on-one or small group setting.<br />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.<br />
  11. 11. VIPS and The Providence Public School Department<br />Our partnership with the Providence School Department allows VIPS to deliver services to students.<br />Interconnectivity between volunteers, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, department staff, and VIPS.<br />We rely on your good judgment and decision making.<br />What we ask of you is the same as what the school department asks of their employees.<br />
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  15. 15. Policies and Procedures<br /><ul><li>A VIPS volunteer must never be alone with a student.
  16. 16. Do not contact students outside of school.
  17. 17. Never administer medication, or medical treatment to a student.
  18. 18. Do not give money to a student.
  19. 19. Classroom teachers must be consulted around small school related gifts.
  20. 20. Discipline is always administered by the classroom teacher.
  21. 21. Always follow the rules of the school.</li></li></ul><li>Confidentiality<br />A strict code of confidentiality is designed to protect the privacy rights of students and families.<br />Do not discuss your students with people other than your teachers, or appropriate school staff.<br />Any concerns with a student’s safety must be reported to the school or VIPS.<br />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 VIPS staff. <br />
  22. 22. Success Strategies<br /><ul><li>You are in the classroom as a result of a request made by the teacher
  23. 23. The teacher is the lead in the classroom at all times
  24. 24. Follow the teacher’s cues, language and dress Continuity and consistency is key to learning
  25. 25. Exchange contact information with your classroom teacher: Keep the lines of communication open
  26. 26. Establish how you and your student would like to be addressed</li></li></ul><li>Positive Relationships<br /><ul><li>Take time to talk, and get to know them
  27. 27. Tell them why you are in their school, and let them know how often you will be seeing them
  28. 28. Show that you are interested, and take the time to listen
  29. 29. Share some of your interests
  30. 30. Praise when appropriate
  31. 31. Start each session with a conversation
  32. 32. Relax and be patient
  33. 33. Establish a trust dynamic. Students should be able to ask questions, without feeling “stupid”</li></li></ul><li>Effective Communication<br /><ul><li>Student might be an English Language Learner
  34. 34. Do not just assume that a student understands, ask follow up questions
  35. 35. Avoid rapid fire questions
  36. 36. Don’t force eye contact
  37. 37. Speak slowly and deliberately
  38. 38. Volume is not comprehension
  39. 39. Take your time: PATIENCE
  40. 40. Stop talking
  41. 41. Focus on the student as they are talking
  42. 42. Let students finish what they are saying
  43. 43. Ask open ended, and follow up questions
  44. 44. Stop yourself from one upping or comparing
  45. 45. Be non-judgmental
  46. 46. Listen with empathy not sympathy</li></li></ul><li>Your First Day<br /><ul><li>Arrive Early! Find the front door, and go to the Main Office
  47. 47. Identify yourself as a VIPS volunteer
  48. 48. Place your Sign In sheet in the VIPS binder
  49. 49. Arriving early might give you a chance to chat with the classroom teacher
  50. 50. Ask the teacher what she/he expects you to accomplish, and what they want you to work on
  51. 51. Ask about classroom materials</li></li></ul><li>Attendance<br /><ul><li>VIPS volunteers are asked to commit to serving 1 or 2 hours a week, for an entire school year, depending on the program.
  52. 52. Be consistent with your commitment and time.
  53. 53. Call the teacher or school if you are going to be late or absent.
  54. 54. If your classroom teacher is absent, ask if you can still meet with your students. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Signing in/out is critical to the program’s success. It is how we report on hours, students and volunteers
  55. 55. Sign In Sheets are placed in the VIPS binder at the main office of the school
  56. 56. You may also be required to sign in with the school as well, which is separate for signing in with VIPS</li></li></ul><li>What You Can Expect From VIPS<br />Response to challenges, and check-ins.<br />Sharing the results of our findings.<br />Support through out your time at VIPS.<br />Information about other activities going on within the organization.<br />
  57. 57. Find, Join and Spread VIPS<br />www.vips4kids.org<br />

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