Monday, March 28, 2016

Volunteers sought for Summer Bridge Elementary Program at Mitchell Elementary

Tags: elementary education, mitchellscarlett, professional development, reischl

Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor Public Schools, SOE’s Partnership School, is hosting another year of "Summer Bridge," a summer program for approximately 45 Mitchell students who will be entering kindergarten, first grade, and fourth and fifth grade. The program will run from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, for four weeks: July 11-August 5. Summer Bridge is intended to serve as a positive orientation to school for the kids entering kindergarten and to provide an engaging set of experiences in reading, math and informational writing for first-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. Skillful teachers from Mitchell will be leading the classrooms of 10-15 children. This intervention is intended to prevent the "summer learning loss" that many kids experience over the course of the long break.

Mitchell is seeking volunteers from the University of Michigan Teacher Education programs to serve as Mitchell Fellows this summer and assist in the classroom. This commitment would require Fellows' involvement from 8:00 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, for the four-week period from July 11-August 5. Fellows will have opportunities to work with children individually, in small groups, and to collaborate with teachers on instruction. This experience offers teacher candidates an opportunity to put their developing skills into practice and gain experience working in the company of high-quality classroom teachers. Undergraduate and graduate students at a range of points in their programs or having just completed their teacher education program are invited to participate. Participation in the Mitchell Summer Bridge Program is a professional development opportunity, resume builder and a chance to be of service to children in the Ann Arbor community.

Interested? Please send an e-mail to Dr. Cathy Reischl at by April 10, 2016, or call her at 734.936.0872.

Cathy Hindman Reischl is Clinical Professor

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