Can you help keep the Kids' Council program at PS20?
Kids’ Council is very successful after school program in upper elementary school at PS20. Students are elected by their classmates to represent their 4th/5th grade classes on the Council. They are tasked with improving the school. They report back to their class every week during morning meetings calling for support from their classmates for their work.
The Council also presents at PTA meetings so parents are engaged and aware of the kids progress. All students and teachers use a Learning Wall in their classroom which reinforces democratic processes and integrated learning while making all the students’ thinking visible. 4th and 5th grade peacekeepers, trained through the Council, mediate conflicts throughout the school.
In addition the Learning Wall and the Kids' Council representatives help the classroom run democratically. This helps the teacher move to be a facilitator as the classroom shifts to being learner-centered, not teacher-focused.
We benefited enormously from the generosity of PS20's principal, faculty, administration and parents – and most of all, the students. As we expand into other schools with greater resources we can't leave PS20 for lack of them.
Please help us stay at PS20 by providing financial assistance for our programs for the calendar year 2017-18. Please go to our campaign page at IOBY.org.
What are the proven benefits and outcomes of Inquiring Minds' programs and processes at PS20?
LONG TERM OUTCOMES
Active, healthy, happier, savvier citizens and harmonious schools and communities
IMMEDIATE OUTCOMES FOR SCHOOL AND STUDENTS
• Collaborative thinking and learning cultivates team skills.
• Active and ongoing social/emotional learning builds emotional intelligence.
• Kids’ Council, Peacekeepers gives kids of different ages a way to know each other.
• The classroom culture shifts from teacher-centered to student-led.
• Design thinking and doing is encouraged nurturing inquiry process and curiosity.
FAR REACHING OUTCOMES
• Less stress/more trust for both teachers and students
• Students develop self reliance, confidence and responsibility
• Identification of challenges and resulting solutions come from the kids
• Improved communication/presentation skills
• Students develop easy to recall / take home mediation ‘peacekeeping’ skills
• Kids increased motivation to control their voice and choices effectively