We are excited to announce our partnership with Austin ISD to implement a new volunteer management platform at austinisd.voly.org. Please note that the current APIE portal will no longer be accepting applications as of June 26.

It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist to Change a Life..

..but rocket scientists are always welcome.

This year Austin Partners in Education will be focusing the Partners in Math program on 8th grade.  Providing students with a strong foundation will enable success in algebra, which research consistently shows is critical to ensuring high school completion and college and career readiness. We are excited for this opportunity and have been able to make positive program enhancements for our new and returning volunteers.

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This summer, the Partners in Math team (Elizabeth McCormick, Amy Moore, and Karolyn Gutierrez) has collaborated with a team of 8th grade math teachers and AISD’s Secondary Math Curriculum Department. The group has been busy writing curriculum, ordering supplies and assembling volunteer binders.  Focusing on 8th grade allows the program to have a more targeted approach in regards to curriculum and resources provided to volunteers.  Instead of teachers emailing lessons each week, the lessons have already been prepared and will be provided to each Math Coach (our new name for volunteers) in a binder when they attend training. 

Each week the lesson will include:
Lesson Snapshot – a brief summary of what the students will be learning about. 
Vocabulary – new terminology for students to learn
Background Where should the students be at this point in their knowledge of math before this lesson?
Before the Math – Conversation starters that help build relationships with students.
The Lesson – Directions for the lesson along with a sample copy of the student worksheet (including with answers).
Facilitation Questions – Guided questioning to engage students
Understanding – A guide for helping the math coach ”check for understanding” with their students during the lesson.
Closure – Going beyond the “see ya next week”; helping the math coach bring the session to an end with their students.

This new resource will ease the minds of Coaches that have not been in an 8th grade math class in a very long time.  Everything they need to have a positive experience is provided in an organized Coach binder.  We are not looking for the math experts, but volunteers who have a genuine interest in building relationships with students who need positive role models in their lives.

In addition, there will be ongoing trainings each month (beginning in October) on topics relevant to adolescence and learning.  Coaches will be provided with resources on the covered topics to continue in building their tool kits.

Nearly 250 weekly Math Coaches will be changing lives this year.
Will you be one?

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Austin Partners in Education will be closed beginning Friday, December 22 and ending Friday, January 5. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, January 8. All emails, phone calls, and volunteer background check applications will be completed upon our return. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy Holidays!

Austin Partners in Education cerrará comenzando el viernes 22 de diciembre y hasta el viernes 5 de enero. Volveremos al horario comercial normal el lunes 8 de enero. Todos los correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas y solicitudes de verificación de antecedentes de voluntarios se completarán a nuestro regreso. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. ¡Felices Fiestas!

Volunteer registration is closed for most AISD campuses until next school year. Registration will remain open for schools that are seeking volunteers for summer programming.

If you’d like to be notified when registration for APIE’s Mentoring and Math Classroom Coaching programs are open for 2024-2025, sign up to be on our early notification email list!