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Activist for K-12 classroom intergenerational focused interaction groups (IFIGs)

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Activist for K-12 classroom intergenerational focused interaction groups (IFIGs)

The work is to identify, develop, and utilize opportunities to publicize the critical need below, and create viable useful linkages.

Mission: To enable marginalized students along with others to share equitably in resources and knowledge to achieve their full potential. (COVID-19 has worsened conditions.)

Project: Building alliances for facilitating highly valued smaller focused interaction groups (FIGs)

An unfilled need: K-12 collaborative group conversations to increase speaking, listening and diverse skill objectives are highlighted in curriculum throughout the United States. However, the collaborative conversations are not happening due to a lack of assistants to conduct groups (FIGs) small enough for students to be involved.

A solution: Older and younger adults can be trained as staff/ volunteer facilitators by community colleges who would be strong allies for implementation. There can be many generational exchanges (Boom Gen to Gen Z inclusive) in their facilitator learning support groups as they enable communication and connection between diverse students.

Key facts: Good oral communication skills were ranked number 1 among 15 job skills that executives and hiring managers identified as very important for new employees in a large 2018 survey 1. However, employers have trouble finding new employees with these communication skills since schools are not teaching these skills 2. Primary school speaking-listening communication skills enable reading, writing, and school/career success 3. Although speaking skills are specified in most state K-12 curriculum standards (and "Common Core"), these basic skills are the only "Core" skills where standard assessments are not conducted with mainstream students -- what isn't measured isn't done 4. The cumulative deficit is greater with disadvantaged SES (especially poverty and minority) groups 5.

The addition of trained assistants in classrooms to conduct groups, small enough for students to be involved, will have great impact. Dynamic alliances will be essential for innovative policy and program promotion, as well as support of states, districts and schools in their transformative leadership initiatives for implementation.

Citations:

1. https://www.aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/LEAP/1KeyFindings.pdf

2. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/09/26/speaking-skills-top-employer-wish-lists-but.html

3. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf Pages 26-27

4. https://www.smarterbalanced.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ELA_Content_Specs.pdf Page 43

5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237448474_The_Effects_of_Socio-Economic_Status_on_Children's_Language_Acquisition_and_Use

Please also see: Communications and Connections: The Learning Challenge for Students of All Ages and Many Roles https://medium.com/@elguide1_27414/communications-and-connections-the-learning-challenge-for-students-of-all-ages-and-many-roles-4eb9843ced71

The work is to identify, develop, and utilize opportunities to publicize the critical need below, and create viable useful linkages.

Mission: To enable marginalized students along with others to share equitably in resources and knowledge…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
4453 Via Precipicio, San Diego, CA 92122, United States

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