TWC Fall 2013 Interns Directly Impact D.C. Education

TWC Fall 2013 Interns Directly Impact D.C. Education

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Jennifer Petinge & Reid May
November 21, 2013

Now in its second semester, the Education Improvement Civic Engagement Project focuses on the rising issues of education inequality, from cost disparity to the learning gap in the U.S. This fall semester, around 35 students are participating in the project, focusing their community efforts directly on the youth of Washington, D.C. through tutoring opportunities. At the same time, they get to expand their knowledge about this important issue via classroom-based informational sessions with engaging speakers from several relevant organizations. To date, students have heard from:

 

Josie Cambareri, a student from North Carolina, praised the speakers from the first meeting of this fall semester. “My favorite meeting was our first meeting with representatives Robyn Lingo, Lisa Taylor and Naomi Schachter,” she said. “I was so inspired by each of these women who had dedicated their time and energy to do something to fix some of these issues. Each of these women, by sharing their own experiences, reinstated my reasons for joining this civic engagement project.”

 

Students this fall semester also enjoyed a screening of the documentary “Waiting for Superman” at one of their meetings. The film analyzes the shortcomings of public education in the United States while following several students hoping to be accepted to charter schools. After viewing the movie, Daniel Tillman shared that “it was really was an eye opener and I was able to gain so much knowledge on the concerns and issues of the school system here in the District.”

 

To directly address the issue of learning deficiency, students have two tutoring options through TWC partners at Reading Partners DC and the SEED School, a public charter school in Southeast D.C. Students volunteering at Reading Partners spend 45 minutes each week at a local public school assisting one elementary school student with basic reading and writing skills. The semester culminates in a special event at the school, where the student reads a selected passage from a book in front of an audience that includes their parents, teacher and TWC tutor who has been participating in the Education Improvement project. At the SEED School, TWC students donate an hour of their time one evening during the week to tutor middle school and high school students in subject areas ranging from reading and writing to history and pre-calculus.

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