Village Learning & Development Centers
Midwest Church of Christ
Love of God Church
Newburg Church of Christ
Student Academic Recovery Program
Through Tutoring, Homework Assistance & Student Development,
Developing Program Disciplined Culture, Goals and High Expectations
The “Village Learning and Development Centers”
A Collaboration of Faith Communities coming together to establish the Village Learning & Development Centers that will train and advocate for every child and youth to receive the academic development and motivation, social-emotional and cultural skills needed for successful work and lifelong learning in a diverse nation, as a result of having quality learning environments, challenging expectations and consistent formal and informal guidance and mentoring.
This Collaboration Has Developed A Partnership:
To Fulfill The Promise Of The
“Village Learning and Development Centers”
THE PRACTICE OF FREEDOM
The purpose of schooling is “to prepare children to engage in the practice of freedom – to transform our world.”
To this end:
Schools must be mission driven. Teachers must be committed to the mission.
The mission must be understood by all adult personnel in a coherent way. Students and adults must be held accountable.
Students and adults must be constantly learning. Teacher practice and improvement must be supported by administration and all stakeholders.
Everyone in the school must have the highest expectations for students.
Howard L. Fuller, Ph.D.
February 19, 2003
THE VILLAGE LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT CENTERS’ CREED
WE, AT THE VILLAGE LEARNING & DEVLOPMENT CENTERS, believe in freedom. We believe in choice. We believe in empowering families and caretakers to make informed decisions in the best interest of their child.
WE, AT THE VILLAGE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS, support a multicultural movement. One where faith in God and in human dignity, potential, and ingenuity can coexist to improve the educational well being of students. We believe in partnerships. They are essential to academic improvement and economic advancement. And like Noah, we will work in partnership as we sail the tumultuous seas of educational transformation, speaking hope in the midst of the ever-changing winds of policy, serving as peacekeepers for our youth and the future they will inherit.
WE, AT THE VILLAGE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS, are free to make decisions that will make our Centers communities of excellence, and to employ adults who will teach our students to become tomorrow’s leaders for Louisville, for Kentucky, for America, and for the world community. So let us invest wisely.
Educational inequity is the reality that where a child is born determines the quality of his or her education and life prospects.
Educational inequity starts early and gets worse over time.
- By the time they reach fourth grade, children living in low-income communities are already two to three grades behind their higher-income peers.
- Just half of students in low-income communities will graduate high school by age 18. Those who do graduate will perform on average at an eighth-grade level.
- Overall, only 1 in 10 students growing up in poverty will graduate from college.
Educational inequity prevents children from fulfilling their potential.
It limits life choices, professional options, and incomes, and weakens families and communities. Because children in low-income communities are predominantly children of color, they also face the added burden of societal low expectations and discrimination.
Educational inequity undermines our nation’s economic strength.
A McKinsey & Company study indicates that educational inequity costs the country $500 billion each year, which is the equivalent of a permanent national recession.
Too many children in low-income communities are trapped in a cycle of poverty and educational inequity.
Prevailing beliefs haven’t led to the policies and investments necessary to break this cycle.
The prevailing notion is that these children cannot overcome the massive obstacles they face, and therefore that investments in solving these problems are futile. These beliefs prevent us from addressing the challenges of poverty and discrimination, and from building the capacity of our schools and school systems.
Schools and school systems lack the capacity to meet students extra needs.
To overcome the additional challenges poverty presents, schools and districts need leaders who believe deeply that all children can achieve at all levels, extra hours in the school day, and high-quality enrichment programs that mirror those in higher-income areas.
Students don’t perform well academically.
Because their extra work needs are not addressed, students growing up in poverty struggle to perform on grade level, falling further behind each year, and only I in 10 goes on to graduate from college.
Village Learning & Development Centers’ Principles and Values Plan For The Transformation of Student Learning
The roles of parents in our school will involve . . .
a. Showing verbal and voting support for schools.
- Holding high expectations for homework and achievement; volunteering to support the instructional program.
- Creating a home environment of significant learning opportunities, setting personal and social goals; serving as an equal member on a learner-teacher-parent team; participating actively in school issues.
The major roles of students as learners will be to . . .
- listen, remember, answer; be patient and on time; do not question.
- Listen; be on task; master basics; perform well on standardized tests.
- Have goals; master basics; learn to inquire and create learning plans.
The Village Learning & Development Centers Will Provide: Education Enhancement And Homework Assistance
- Computer Lab Experience
- Educational Lab to include
Tutoring/Homework Assistance Four Days Weekly/
Monday –Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 PM.
- Education Workshops for Youth and Parents. Provide Training for Parents, Grandparents, Foster Parents and Church Volunteers to Enhance Educational Development of our children and youth to advocate for school choice in Jefferson County, and the Stake of Kentucky
- College and Vocational Education Tours