Each week, City Year San José/Silicon Valley will thank a person or organization for inspiring us in our service. This week we thank Principal Brian Schmaedick, the teachers of Mildred Goss Elementary and the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District.
Last Tuesday marked the end of our third annual City Year Leadership Academy, a program we hosted at Goss Elementary in order to build student excitement for the upcoming school year and provide new corps members with hands-on experience and training.
This program would not have been possible without the help and support of Principal Schmaedick, the Goss faculty and the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District.
These school partners opened their doors early and allowed us to use their classrooms and campus for all of our activities.
Leadership Academy was a major success as we enrolled 234 students from our five partner schools. During the course of our nine day academy, students received standards based instruction in math and literacy and were taught how to make healthy nutrition choices and become respectful members of our community.
From a training perspective Leadership Academy was a huge accomplishment.
Corps members led all activities and were able to hone their classroom management, tutoring and relationship building skills. This facilitation, coupled with training workshops from City Year and district staff, prepared corps members to step on campus for the first day of school this week.
All in all Leadership Academy got students, corps members and staff pumped up for this school year. Thanks to Principal Schmaedick, the teachers of Mildred Goss Elementary and the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District for making it all possible.
Amanda Liles, Literacy Project Leader & Social Media Manager CYSJ