How Collaborative Partnerships Drive Student Outcomes
In a recent article from NPR, teachers across the U.S. shared their experiences as educators amid what is communally being named one of the most difficult years in our modern school system. As a part of City Year Kansas City, our AmeriCorps members have heard and seen similar stories firsthand – from staffing shortages impact on workload to anxiety consistent with protecting our communal health. City Year Kansas City has always thrived on the core idea of idealism in the face of adversity, but recent history has seemed to rewrite what idealism must work to persevere through. With idealism at the center and the rising need to support and uplift teachers, we have seen the pivotal relationship between partner teacher and AmeriCorps member flourish in new and impactful ways.
City Year AmeriCorps members build strong partnerships with teachers
Across Kansas City our CYKC team has had the opportunity to work day in and day out in hundreds of teacher partnerships. These partnerships allow students to receive more individualized support and for teachers to have more opportunities to manage direct instruction in the classroom. For our AmeriCorps members, this is also a chance for them to engage daily in a close collaborative relationship that advocates for student need, grows their professional skills, and drives student academic success, preparing them for whatever career and service steps may come next.
All of our partnerships have the possibility of role modeling what components are central to a supportive community through their work together. One partnership that has been focused on working together with excellence has been between AmeriCorps member Rei Venardi and ELA teacher Mrs. Adelice Barriere at Northeast Middle School in Kansas City Public Schools. Rei is currently serving as a second-year AmeriCorps member as a student success coach in the classroom. Over the past two years she has served in virtual, hybrid and in-person classes. Rei and Mrs. Barriere have been excellent examples of getting creative to meet student needs and being supportive for both to be resilient in continuing as educators.
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