Change for Reading, Rhythm and the Arts! – February 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

After breaking for the winter holidays, Akoben has started the second half of the school year with a significant operational change.  We no longer utilize volunteers to guide our students through the Reading, Rhythm, and Arts program, rather we have part time employees to do this most important work.  We made this change for one simple reason – it improves the learning process for our students!

Prior to this change, we were spending a great deal of time coordinating volunteers schedules, getting our volunteers trained and up to speed, matching students with different volunteers each session, and dealing with inconsistent commitment levels.  Now we have the same paraprofessionals everyday – prepared for each lesson, building strong relationships with our students, and bringing lots of energy to the classroom.  We have also updated our classroom furniture to enhance group learning.

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