SOWMA Resource Specialist

 -submitted by Jackie Hylton, SOWMA Education Director

Sana is serving as the Resource Specialist at SOWMA. Sana recently graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in psychology and is interested in pursuing a career in educational psychology. Sana’s main responsibility at SOWMA is developing resources for our tutoring sites.  Recently, she has been busy creating Skill Development Activities and Theme Based Projects. The Skill Development Activities (SDAs) are short activities that tutors can use with their student to strengthen a specific skill with which the student needs help. Sana has already developed four SDAs based on the report card results of students in our program. All of the SDAs are aligned with the Common Core standards. The Theme Based Projects (TBPs) are another resource that provides an enriching experience for the students. TBPs have a central theme with several activity options that align with the Common Core standards. These activities provide students with an opportunity to explore an area of interest and the ability to choose the activities that are interesting to them. Sana has just completed the first TBP, which will be about dinosaurs.

Having Sana serve with SOWMA through the Commonwealth Corps has provided our organization with even more quality resources from which our students will benefit. She is creating a wealth of activities for SOWMA staff and volunteers to pull from based on the Common Core standards and student needs. The SDAs and TBPs will be available at all of our sites for student and tutor pairs to use during their tutoring session. Watching Sana grow these last two months has been an amazing experience for me. She is so curious and inquisitive. I look forward to our weekly meetings to see what has grabbed her attention for that week. I enjoy collaborating with her on projects. She has great ideas and brings a fresh pair of eyes to the table. Sana is so eager to learn and excited for all the opportunities that come her way.

Sana and StephanieOur two Commonwealth Corps members, Sana and Stephanie, will be with us from August 2013 through June 2014. The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities and address unmet community needs. The Commonwealth Corps provides opportunities for skill building, leadership development and encourages and enhances a lifelong civic vocation for Corps members. Corps members provide direct service, build capacity, and recruit, organize and mobilize additional volunteers, thus building a grassroots movement of volunteers dedicated to service.

 Read more on this topic from Sana's perspective

View samples of the Skill Development Activities that Sana has developed for SOWMA tutors and their students.




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