Jaguar Camp...Making a Difference for at-risk students in a community setting through graduate experiential learning programs
This article discusses graduate level educator experiential learning practices used from 2010-2015 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio in partnership with the Henry and Mary Alice Cisneros American Sunrise Learning Center in the West-side of San Antonio (a historically underserved Hispanic community).
Developing and refining strategies for effectively working with at-risk students are essential skills or general and special education teachers in diverse classrooms. Through a multiagency collaborative experiential learning program, faculty and graduate students provided an academic enrichment camp for at-risk, underserved, low-income students on the West Side of San Antonio. The program that was designed and developed by university professors to teach preservice teachers how to differentiate instruction, work in small groups and create successful learning opportunities for at-risk students and English language learners is called Jaguar Camp. This paper discusses the theoretical framework behind the experiential program as well as preparation for the summer Jaguar Camp and its benefits to both the graduate students and community. Information gleaned from this article will benefit existing teacher preparation programs interested in implementing experiential learning opportunities as well as those communities who are searching for such academic assistance.
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