CAMP SUMMER YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The 2011 session runs from June 12 - June 25 and hosts 90 migrant students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade for a two-week residential program. The students participate from various Migrant Education Regions throughout the state of California. The students are housed at Sacramento State’s American River Courtyard, a newly constructed dormitory facility located on campus.
The following topics are embedded throughout the curriculum: College Preparedness Series, Self Advocacy & Leadership Series, Cultural and Historical Series, In the Arts Creative Series, Recreation and Sports Series and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Series.
ASSESSMENT (PRE-ASSESSMENT & POST-ASSESSMENT)
Before beginning the program, an academic baseline is established for each student. Assessments are again taken at the conclusion of the program to measure academic progress. The initial assessments are used to gauge growth and also inform teachers for optimal grouping and individual instruction. Using the information received from the assessments, six groups are created with no more than fifteen students each. This allows for closer monitoring of student advancement and allows for better individualization of instruction.
Assessments are designed to reflect standards addressed in the California High-School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). The assessments are created by instructors using study guides provided by the State of California including miscellaneous CAHSEE preparation materials, as well as released testing questions. The assessment is comprised of two parts:
- Writing Assessment: students are required to follow a prompt that allows them to demonstrate their expository writing skills.
- Mathematics Assessment: designed to: a) provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with the length and format of the CAHSEE; and b) expose students to the mathematical content application related to statistics, number sense, geometry, measurement, algebra, equations and problem solving.
ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS
English classes challenge narrative/expository skills in a pedagogical context. Basic structures are reviewed to prepare students for the writing portion of the CAHSEE. Students focus on reading to learn and understand and respond to expository text. Expository text is addressed by writing essays that contain formal introductions, supporting evidence and conclusions. Students simultaneously practice using standard English Language conventions that include grammar, sentence construction and paragraph structure. Student choice and input are used to promote students to produce a final project.
Mathematics classes challenge participants on basic algebra and geometry skills. Students work on word problems and myriad skills called for on the CAHSEE. Thinking outside of the box and understanding general concepts is encouraged. Students touch on several important areas within the mathematics domain. Students are required to demonstrate mastery of number sense by performing:
- Arithmetic calculations, using of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers and percentages.
Students are required to demonstrate statistical knowledge by calculating:
- Averages, means, median/mode of data sets, expression of probabilities in terms of ratios, decimals or percentages.
Students are also required to demonstrate an understanding of:
- Algebraic functions, numerical/geometric patterns, use of tables, graphs.
COLLEGE PREPAREDNESS SERIES
The College Preparedness Series is intended to help students transition from Middle School to High School, and eventually to college. Students attend workshops on A-G eligibility, SAT/ACT’s, university admission, housing and financial aid and scholarships. Career exploration panels and speakers encourage students to begin thinking about a potential career. In addition to systemic knowledge, students are guided in building an academic plan, establishing strong study and time management skills and becoming familiar with existing resources. Students also learn the differences between community colleges, CSU/UC/private universities and technical schools.
SELF ADVOCACY & LEADERSHIP SERIES
Students engage in interactive workshops on developing self-knowledge, identifying learning styles, strengths and potential areas of improvements, managing conflict, and understanding other’s perspective. A public speaking session helps students communicate effectively, convey, negotiate or assert interests, desires, needs and rights. Students are taught about the importance of community involvement, volunteer service and organization participation. Participation in an argumentation and debate activity strengthens civic participation, develops leadership and increases awareness of local, state and national government.
CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL SERIES/FIELD TRIPS
All educational field trips scheduled throughout the program (California State Capitol, Railroad Museum and Sutter’s Fort) are incorporated into the English and math curriculums. The field trips provide students with first-hand experience related to the topic or concept being discussed in their classes. This integration provides a unique opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and is implemented in three phases:
- The first provides students with vicarious exposure to the field trip sites as part of the instruction as well as focus on the content topics and concepts that participants will be investigating and exploring during the field trip;
- The second implements learning activities during the fieldtrip involving small groups such as worksheets, scavenger hunts and other activities directly related to the educational goals of the field trip; and
- The third includes a debriefing session to encourage students to share and discuss their experiences during the field trip and apply the content and knowledge gained during the field trip.
IN THE ARTS CREATIVE SERIES
In the Arts Creative Series introduces students to professional artists from literary, visual and performance disciplines who deliver thought provoking sessions. Using arts and creativity as critical tools, participants are exposed to innovative ways to engender arts in education with emphasis on numeracy and literacy, problem solving, entrepreneurship and being innovative, among other areas. Aside from exposing students to the value of fostering a sense self-worth and developing their own skills and talents, they are also guided into seeing how art and creativity relates to other fields for success. Students create a mural as a group to display during the culminating event.
RECREATION AND SPORTS SERIES
This is a fun way to work on team building skills while overcoming personal challenges and de-stressing from long days of intensive study. Students have an opportunity to play soccer, volleyball and swim on campus. In addition, students spend one day at the Aquatic Center (http://www.sacstateaquaticcenter.com) where they are exposed to diverse activities such as sailing, windsurfing, boating, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling and rowing.
STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINNERING AND MATHEMATICS) SERIES
Professionals in the field introduce students to STEM careers and opportunities by empowering them to think in an innovative manner. Presentations encourage students to pursue their curiosity about their surroundings, and to think of how things actually work. Clarifications of the many misconceptions about the field are addressed and professionals who have successfully overcome the barriers of being a minority within a minority field share their perspectives on their journey.
INTRODUCTION TO CAMPUS LIFE
To provide an authentic campus life experience, students are housed at the American River Courtyard, a new dormitory at Sacramento State, and they eat the majority of their meals in the Dinning Commons. In addition, students participate in daily mini-tours of different key locations on campus. The students visit the office of Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); Academic Advising, University Union, Library, Multi-Cultural Center and the University Bookstore. During their visit, members of each department guide a tour and conclude by providing their business card for future reference.
The Culminating Event gives family members an opportunity to hear about what the students learned during their participation at the institute. The event provides students the opportunity to share their personal reflections about what they gained from this experience and how it will influence their future decisions. Additionally, various experiences and talents are shared by the entire class, small groups and individuals. Finally, a ceremony is held to recognize each student’s completion of the institute through the awarding of a certificate.
A TYPICAL DAY
Workshop/Speaker – Self Advocacy & Leadership Series
Workshop/Speaker – College Preparedness Series
Workshop/Speaker – In the Arts Creative Series
Activity - Recreational and Sports Series
Workshop/Speaker – STEM Series
Culminating Event Preparation
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