The Classroom

SALI is possible through LINC NT’s partnerships with schools and with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID targets students who are in danger of failing, inspires them, and enables them to finish high school well prepared for the future. Students must apply for and be accepted into the program. Their parents must also sign a form acknowledging their support as their student participates. The SALI program began from an expressed concern that there were gaps in the program: students were not being trained in areas of leadership and character development, and the program was not drawing the hoped-for parental support and involvement. SALI was formed to meet this need and has been accepted as part of the AVID program; it is a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, what the school is already doing. School districts, overwhelmed by the challenge of incorporating material such as college readiness, life skills, character, leadership, and parental involvement, are excited about the possibility of AVID and SALI partnered in their school.IMG_6335c

The first element of the Student Advancement and Leadership Initiative is the classroom teaching time. The AVID students are already scheduled for an elective class period every day of the week, and their schedule provides for guest speakers and inspirational activities on Fridays, so LINC NT has partnered with the AVID programs at individual schools and entire districts to be that guest speaker.

LINC NT offers lessons that are targeted to middle and high school students. They focus on leadership and character principles, such as self-esteem, self-understanding, integrity, averting bullying, leading by example, peace in relationships, and more. This curriculum features a full-color booklet of worksheets and journal pages, where the students take notes on the lessons and record insights about their lives. The curriculum also features colorful and youth-focused presentation slides and videos. Two SALI teachers per classroom teach this curriculum to students during the AVID class every other week. Each class begins with games and activities to introduce the ideas, then focuses on discussion-based learning of the week’s topic. The class concludes with time for personal reflection.

The classroom time is designed to foster communication, trust, and teamwork among the students and the SALI teacher. The AVID teacher is also encouraged to participate in the classroom time so that the AVID teacher’s effectiveness with his or her own students can also be enhanced. The lessons are designed to be fun and active, with regular activities that get the students up out of their seats. The quieter students are encouraged to be just as involved as the louder students, and it is essential for the SALI teacher to develop quick rapport and trust with the students. The first couple of lessons of the year and the semester facilitate this.

SALI teachers are further encouraged to go above and beyond in developing rapport with the students outside of the classroom. Many SALI teachers have volunteered to chaperone field trips, help out at sporting events, and more to increase their own visibility with the students. A strong commitment by the SALI teacher to the students, the teachers, and the school itself are important in the acceptance of the teacher by his or her students and parents.

IMG_6711The classroom curriculum is developed by the LINC NT staff with input from a team of volunteers who meet regularly. There are three sets of two years of curriculum that rotate for 7th through 12th grade. The middle school curriculum focuses on character and relationships. The underclassman curriculum dives deeper into leadership and real-life issues. The upperclassman curriculum is developed in conjunction with World Vision’s Youth Empowerment Curriculum and is designed to empower the oldest students to see themselves as the ones to develop their own communities into what they want them to be.

During the discussions, the teachers guide the students through filling in blanks on a worksheet that is provided to them. These worksheets are comb-bound in a colorful journal that the students receive at the beginning of the year or semester. Also in these booklets are journal pages that the students can reflect in at the end of class. They ask engaging questions that encourage the students to think about situations in their own lives and write about them. Many students choose to be very vulnerable on these journals. LINC NT believes that the students genuinely want adults to know what is going on in their lives, but don’t always know how to communicate it.

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