2020-2021 Recruitment & Registration

Over 10 years ago, Christ Together Greater Austin met with civic leaders throughout Central Texas to  interpret many issues to which needed to be addressed. One of the results -- school dropout rates -- were identified as costing our Central Texas economy over $460 million annually through in social services, incarceration, probation costs and lost earning potential; but even greater, was is the impact on human lives. The Power Of Reading A student not reading at his or her grade level by the end of 3rd grade, is four times less likely to graduate high school on time and six times less likely for students from low-income families. A study conducted in 2009 by researchers at Northeastern University found that high school dropouts were sixty-three times more likely to be incarcerated than college graduates. There is a connection between literacy rates, high school dropout rates, [...]

October 1st, 2020|

Ways To Volunteer In The Current Circumstances

Volunteering is important. School districts depend on volunteers to make each school year a successful one. Despite the fall semester kicking off virtually, the need for volunteers is still great. Education Connection is committed to serving schools and students in the Greater Austin area. In order to help facilitate the continuation of Education Connection volunteering we have come up with alternative indirect ways we can continue to serve the schools and most importantly the students.   6 Ways You Can Volunteer This Fall Encouragement Words are powerful. They have the power to build up or tear down. In these uncertain times, with so much negatively swirling around, our words of encouragement are crucial. Would you commit to writing an [...]

September 1st, 2020|

Frequently Asked Questions For The 2020-2021 School Year

The 2020-2021 school year is around the corner and districts are working towards what the new school year will look like.  Thus, here are the latest answers to several frequently asked questions.  We will give updates as they come.  Thank you for your concern, patience, and commitment to Education Connection and the students we serve. Frequently Asked Questions Q - Are we able to read “virtually" (Zoom, FaceTime, Google Meet, etc.) with students? A - No. Currently, for liability reasons, Education Connection is not able to have volunteers meet with students on a "live" virtual platform.   Q - Can I contact the parent/guardian directly to keep in contact with the student I worked with? A -  No, we are not able to have access to [...]

August 1st, 2020|

8 Ways To Encourage Summer Reading

Reading during the summer is crucial for helping students retain the information and skills they’ve learned during the school year. This is especially important this summer since many students finished the school year working from home and online. Below are eight tips for encouraging students to read during the summer. As you read through the tips, consider which ones will work best for the students in your life. Add Books to Their Environment If you have plenty of books in your house but your kids aren't picking them up, look for opportunities to put books in areas where kids might be bored and a little bit trapped -  for example, children should be able to access books in the car. The bathroom is another wonderful [...]

July 1st, 2020|

8 Tips For Learning At Home Over The Summer

The 2019-2020 school year has turned out to be an interesting one.  Students everywhere have been learning online for the last two months.  It's important to keep the learning process going every summer, but this summer it will be very critical to keep learning.  The easiest and best way to learn over the summer is to read! BookIt! recently published an article, "At-Home Learning Throughout Summer" which includes eight tips for keeping the learning process productive this summer: Tip #1 Set a clear daily schedule with realistic goals and be sure to allow flexibility. A child’s attention span grows longer with age – typically 2-3 minutes per year of age – so the amount of time an elementary school student [...]

June 1st, 2020|

Take The Time To Read More

As a society we find ourselves in unprecedented times, and education has not gone unscathed as we've weathered the Coronavirus pandemic.  The school year is not yet over, but in many ways it has come to a screeching halt.  No more recess, no more library visits, no end of the year celebrations or awards ceremonies.  Schools campuses in the Greater Austin area will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. With such an abrupt "end" to the school year it is even more important that we encourage our students to read, not just one book, but many!  Statistics show that there is a "summer slide" when it comes to learning and continued reading is one way to [...]

May 1st, 2020|
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