Academic Support for Students
At M.A.S., we understand that ALL students need to be provided the tools and supports to be academically successful, but we are also acutely aware that English Language Learners (ELL) and low income minority students face additional obstacles. ELL students have the arduous task of learning English, but, like many low income and minority students, need to learn academic English especially in math and science. We aim to increase the successes of these populations by providing quality English and Spanish speaking tutors. Additionally, we collaborate with area businesses in order to facilitate career readiness through our summer program where we expose students to careers in the STEM fields.
M.A.S.’s PLASMA-BOTICS (PLaying with Science and MAth and RoBOTICS) program originated in response to the low graduation rates of students of color, and the low number of minorities, female, and students from low socioeconomic communities who, due to certain barriers, have limited exposure to math and science, lending them the impression that they are uninterested.
The PLASMA-BOTICS program encourages an interest in math, science, health and facilitates students’ application of and exposure to ‘the real world’ in order to promote an interest beyond the classroom.
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Professional Development for Teachers & Student Assemblies
In today's academic world of teacher evaluations and high stakes testing, it's no wonder that teachers are feeling stressed, nervous and frustrated. At issue now is whether or not many teachers in the United States, who now have a collective lion's share of responsibility providing English language instruction to ELL's, have had the needed preparation to be able to modify, adapt, and make the appropriate pedagogical accommodations within their lessons for the diverse student populations.
(Kersaint, Thompson, Petkova 2013)
We, at M.A.S.: Social Change, provide teachers with the much needed Professional Development in order to continue to build the necessary skills to be the most effective they can be for ALL students.
We are teacher advocates! Our student assemblies address the social and emotional issues of students by some of the best in their fields!