Jaguar Camp Academic Enrichment Program
The purpose of this summer program is to create an experiential learning opportunity for initial certification graduate students. A partnership was established between a non-profit learning center from a low socioeconomic community and a local state university in order to help teach and facilitate intervention for struggling students. The program allows graduate students to work closely in small group scenarios with the learning center students who are labeled as at-risk from the ages of six-15 in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and character education.
Faculty teaches the graduate students effective instruction and content strategies while mentoring and monitoring the graduate students in their small groups. The graduate students, then, are able to connect the theory to practice by immediately applying the information directly to their daily lessons and activities with the learning center students. Meaningful learning occurs from all stakeholders in this hands-on, on-the-job training, specifically preparing the initial certification teachers for the diverse needs of today’s classroom.