Roles and Responsibilities

A variety of people converge to make the C.H.A.M.P. program run smoothly, including fourth grade teachers, APU mentors, APU faculty, and the service-learning staff.

Fourth Grade Teachers:

  • 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.
  • Take pictures throughout the C.H.A.M.P. program to document the experience.
  • Teach APU mentors on the writing style process.
  • Choose one fourth grader to read their essay during the ceremony.
  • Manage any behavioral issues as they arise during classroom visits.

APU Mentors:

  • Gain firsthand experience in lesson planning and teaching.
  • Implement classroom activities for their weekly visits to the classroom.
  • Spend time with the fourth graders talking about college, careers, helping them with their essays, and interacting with them in a meaningful way.
  • Participate in Visit Day and attend the Graduation Ceremony.

APU Faculty:

  • Design curriculum to meet course objectives and C.H.A.M.P goals.
  • Integrate service-learning experience into course presentations, curriculum, and grading.
  • Lead/preparation and debrief period with APU mentors on service-learning days.
  • Supervise APU mentors during classroom visits.
  • Work and communicate with C.H.A.M.P. director any necessary curricular changes and needed materials.
  • Maintain consistent communication and work with C.H.A.M.P. director to solve any issues or concerns.

Service-Learning Staff:

  • Serve as a liaison/communicator between faculty of university and teachers of the local elementary school, along with APU mentors.
  • 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 to preview curriculum.
  • Provide in advance to professors the orientation packet for APU mentors.
  • Inform APU mentors of pertinent details, dates, and other information during orientation.
  • Coordinate and facilitate C.H.A.M.P. Graduation and Visit Days.
  • Work with faculty to solve any problems that may arise.