STEM and fun after school

KTVL | July 02, 2019

After several decades as the go-to provider of after-school programs for the Medford School District, the Rogue Valley Family YMCA has been told it won’t be needed anymore. The district says it will go with a for-profit company, Innovation Learning of Colorado, which plans recreational programing such as dance, art, soccer and karate, but with a big focus on STEM academics and digital skills such as coding and robotics. Innovation Learning is run by parents, teachers and school administrators and will hire local teachers, administrators, part-time classified staff and Southern Oregon University teachers-in-training to operate the program, said MSD Chief Operations Officer Brad Earl. These will be teachers who can essentially extend the school day, while keeping it fun and engaging — and who can write lesson plans and will know where certain students need help, said Earl. “The number one way we succeed in student outcome is quality time with a teacher, and the second way is caring time with an adult,” he said. The district has used the YMCA in Medford for after-school programs for almost 40 years, but on an informal basis, with no contract, says Executive Director Brad Russell. Medford parents are still free to send their K-8 children to Y programs — and the YMCA will continue providing after-school activities for Central Point, Eagle Point and Phoenix-Talent schools, he said.

Spotlight | The growing number of limited-English proficient students in U.S. schools highlights the importance of language access in schools and educational institutions. Approximately 4.8 million students in U.S. public schools have limited English language skills.

Spotlight | The growing number of limited-English proficient students in U.S. schools highlights the importance of language access in schools and educational institutions. Approximately 4.8 million students in U.S. public schools have limited English language skills.

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