Chester Community Charter School has established partnerships with colleges throughout the region.
Neumann University Partnership
Chester Community Charter School has partnered with Neumann University to enrich our students’ daily instruction. As a part of their field experience, Neumann University students report to our kindergarten and first grade classrooms on a weekly basis. Teachers receive a tutor one day a week for eight weeks. During this time, the tutor works one-on-one with students as well as with small groups of children. Students are identified for tutoring based on curriculum data, testing data, and teacher observation. We value the experience our students receive through this unique partnership with Neumann University.
Widener University Partnership
Widener tutors are on both East and West campuses, tutoring 2nd grade students. They work according to the hours they have available, based on their college schedules. They are required by Widener to provide at least 75-minute blocks when arranging their schedules with CCCS. They are paid through Widener’s work study program, Widener Reads. They are required to dress professionally and sign in at the office. The Widener tutors support our students in reading, math, and language. They guide students during whole and small group teacher instruction throughout the day. They also pull students out in small groups or work one-on-one to provide leveled work and/or extra practice in most subject areas. They turn in daily logs to teachers of the students with which they work and describe on the log their activities, observations and results.
University of Delaware Partnership
Chester Community Charter School has developed a partnership with the University of Delaware’s (UD) Department of Computer Science, while working on integrating our XO laptops into the classrooms. Through this partnership, the UD Computer Science students collaborated with four CCCS teachers to design software to be incorporated into the curriculum.
The UD students enrolled in the service learning course through the Computer Science Department. This course provides the students with time to interact with our teachers and get support in creating useful and productive technology software. They keep in contact with the teacher they work with through meetings and email. When the students and teachers meet, they review ideas and strategies for developing educational software programs that will enhance the learning in their classroom through the technology. Teachers worked together with the students in creating resourceful games, online quizzes, and grammar correction programs, among other things. The university’s students have approximately one college semester to work with our teachers, to build the software applications discussed in their meetings.
The teachers from CCCS each represented one of the four main content areas from our school when partnering with the UD students. The teachers came up with ideas that supported the subject-based curriculum goals, as well as, their own individualized classroom and instruction goals. Each teacher worked with a group of four to five students, who worked together to form the software that was suggested throughout their meetings. There were at least four or five programs that were developed through the partnership. The teachers are currently working on loading the software on their classroom laptops and integrating it into their lesson plans.
At the end of the semester, the UD Computer Science students give presentations on the UD Campus. During their presentations, a Power Point program is used to explain their coursework throughout the semester and the partnership with our school. Following the Power Point, the audience is able to walk around to the different groups and interact on the XO with the newly created software. It was a positive way to fully understand and identify the effort they had put forth in helping our teachers reach our students’ education goals.
CCCS hopes to continue working with the University of Delaware’s (UD) Computer Science Department to develop even more software for the XO laptops that can be used in the classroom.