Roles and Responsibilities
A variety of people converge to make the C.H.A.M.P. program run smoothly, including fourth grade teachers, the C.H.A.M.P. director and assistant director, service-learning personnel, APU faculty, and APU mentors.
Fourth Grade Teachers:
- Prepare their classes for the visits, and provide time to work on the various activities.
- Divide classroom into groups based on the number of APU mentors that will be in the class. Keep variety in mind (gender, academic performance, language, learning styles, etc.) as the groups are set up.
- Secure permission slips for visit day to the APU campus.
- Take pictures throughout the C.H.A.M.P. program in order to document the experience.
- Create slide show to be shown during the ceremony and give to the C.H.A.M.P. director on assigned due date (Tuesday November 18).
- Fill out names on the graduation diplomas for each of their fourth grade students (diplomas provided by C.H.A.M.P. director).
- Provide feedback to the APU mentors regarding the different activities. If a problem arises with a student, the teacher should speak directly to the APU student and then to the C.H.A.M.P. director. The teacher is asked to fill out an evaluation form provided by the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research at the end of the program.
Service-Learning C.H.A.M.P. Director:
The CHAMP director’s chief responsibility is to serve as a liaison/communicator between faculty of the university and teachers of the local elementary school, along with APU mentors. Other responsibilities include:
- Meet with school representatives and teachers before the program begins to identify important issues and dates, identify how and with whom communication will happen, and preview curriculum.
- Meet with the APU professor to discuss details of the course and the C.H.A.M.P. project.
- Remain aware of and communicate AUSD calendar, dress code, policies, etc.
- Inform APU mentors of pertinent details, dates, and other information during orientation.
- Handle necessary paperwork for APU and AUSD needed from APU mentors.
- Work with faculty in breaking APU mentors into groups and assigning them to classrooms.
- Provide fourth grade teachers with curriculum packet at the beginning of the semester.
- Communicate weekly with fourth grade teachers’ plans for each service-learning experience.
- Deliver curriculum supplies to fourth grade classrooms in a timely manner.
- Provide in advance to professors and in the orientation packet for APU mentors, a packet containing all curriculum materials.
- Maintain attendance sheets.
- Discuss the goals of C.H.A.M.P. as they relate to service-learning during the APU mentors’ orientation.
- Check with each classroom to ensure that all groups are covered; if there is an absence of a mentor, reassign the fourth graders to other teams within the classroom.
- Coordinate and provide oversight for all visit days.
- Coordinate and facilitate C.H.A.M.P. graduation along with the APU mentors and AUSD teachers.
- Coordinate meeting with professors, teachers, and principal (or other contact person) after program is over for evaluation and recommendations. (Provide thank you gift to teachers at this time.)
- Work with faculty to solve any problems that may arise.
- Refer APU mentor issues to faculty.
- Communicate with faculty following debrief at weekly service-learning experience regarding project.
- Work with faculty to have two APU mentors assigned for each elementary school on graduation to help coordinate fourth graders’ activities for the evening, especially lineup and preparation time prior to the ceremony.
- Design curriculum to meet course objectives.
- Implement curriculum to meet C.H.A.M.P. program goals.
- Integrate service-learning experience into course presentations, curriculum, and grading.
- Develop reflection prompts for APU mentors.
- Follow up and evaluate reflections of APU mentors.
- Develop and assign major writing assignment for course integrating service-learning project.
- Lead/prepare APU mentors on service-learning days.
- Lead debrief of APU mentors following service-learning experience.
- Supervise APU mentors during service-learning experiences, visiting classrooms and communicating with teachers.
- Work and communicate with C.H.A.M.P. director any necessary curricular changes and implementations.
- Work and communicate with C.H.A.M.P. director course objectives and service-learning experiences.
- Inform C.H.A.M.P. director of needed materials in a timely manner.
- Attend elementary school site visits, informing C.H.A.M.P. director prior to an absence and attempting to find a faculty substitute.
- Attend and participate in C.H.A.M.P. graduation at the end of the semester.
- Maintain consistent communication and work with C.H.A.M.P. director to solve any problems that may arise.
As mentioned above, APU mentors will be directly involved in developing classroom activities for their visits to the classroom. This will provide them the opportunity to own the program, to get first-hand experience in lesson planning and teaching, and to interact with the children in a meaningful way. APU mentors are also responsible to:
- Determine how the group in the classroom will implement the activities.
- Spend time with the fourth graders talking about college, careers, and helping them with their essays.
- Participate in campus tours for their mentor groups on visit day.
- Attend graduation and help in its implementation.
- Attend all planning and reflection meetings.
- Call ahead of time if they are unable to attend a meeting. Due to the disruption to the program if APU students are not present by the time the mentors enter the classroom, they will not be permitted to participate for that session and will not gain ministry credit for the day.