Jaguar Camp…Making a Difference for At-Risk Students in a Community Setting through Graduate Experiential Learning Programs
Developing and refining strategies for effectively working with at-risk students are essential skills for 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 pre-service 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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