GSD Presentations at Conferences
•Parent Center Info
Grenada School District’s 21st Century after school program has been honored by being selected present at the Mississippi School Board Association’s Conference in Jackson, presented at the Telecom Center in February 2012, and at MECA (Mississippi Educational Computing Association) in February of 2011. The presentations provided an overview of the afterschool offerings and an in-depth look into the Podcasting class. Project Coordinator Lynne Russell states, “The after school program combines pieces of academics, workplace relevance, and technology skills together to create an environment to motivate students to stay in school. We strive to motivate students and to prepare them for today’s workforce. The 21st Century after school program addresses these issues.”
The 21st Century activities assist students in achieving success in passing the state mandated subject area tests required for graduation. Activities are centered upon the merging of academic core objectives into real-life career classes. This organization of skills enhances the connections between school and work, making learning more relevant for our students. Academic objectives are infused into a workplace environment to enable students to connect the importance of education to applications on the job. Career-oriented classes include Podcasting, Photoshop, Building Trades, Auto Mechanics/Welding, Ceramics, and Culinary Arts.
In addition to offering these career-oriented classes, student tutoring, teacher training, and parent workshops are being implemented to enhance the connections between school and work. Parenting classes/workshops provide information and instruction for family members in parenting and technology skills. After school tutoring at Grenada High School is being offered in major subjects in small group settings for students requiring additional academic assistance.
Our initiative addresses four main goals designed to improve student achievement. These include:
•Decrease the drop-out rate
•Increase student motivation
•Expand participation in adult education services to enable parents to enhance and support their children’s education
•Encourage infusion of learning objectives into real-life situations.
The 21st Century Grant is administered by the Mississippi Department of Education. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (CCLC) was established by Congress as Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program is to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children and their families.