Every child deserves a chance.

LGTS Afterschool Program

Afterschool Programming for At Risk Elementary Schools

Factors That Contribute to Achievement Gaps

According to the National Education Association, the leading factors that contribute to the achievement gap are:

Within Schools' Control

Schoolwide Factors
Low expectations for student achievement;
Lack of rigor in the curriculum;
Large class size;
Tracking groups of students into a less demanding curriculum;
Unsafe schools;
Culturally unfriendly environments; and
Poor, or no, instructional leadership.

Teacher- and Teaching-Related Factors
Uncertified and inexperienced teachers;
Insensitivity to different cultures;
Poor teacher preparation;
Low expectations of students; and
Inadequate materials, equipment, and resources, including technology-based resources.

Student-Related Factors
Students' interest in school;
Students' level of effort;
Students' feeling that they are, in part, responsible for their learning.

Families' Support of Students' Learning
Families' participation in school activities;
Families' skills to support and reinforce learning; and
Students' TV watching and at-home reading.

Outside Schools' Control

Factors in the Local Community
Economic opportunity for students' families;
Access to health and social services;
Community safety;
Access to libraries, museums, and other institutions that support
students' development; and Access to child care and after-school programs and facilities.

Students' Background
Families' income level;
Students' birth weight;
Students' diet and nutrition at home;
Students' mobility; and
Students' primary language (if other than English).

Education Funding Shortfalls
State budget deficits;
Unfunded federal mandates; and
Inequities in funding among school districts.

Families' Support of Students' Learning
Time family members are able to devote to support and reinforce learning.
Other Factors Societal bias (racial, ethnic, poverty and class)

The Solution

LGTS Afterschool Program

We have Identified (12) 2nd grade students would will come each day immediately after school to:

  • Complete homework
  • Read for fun for 21 min
  • Work on their character and mind of a champion (Zest, grit and optimism)
  • Practice / play games *
  • Eat a nutritious dinner
  • Feel surrounded and supported by “Friends of LGTS”.

LGTS Solution #2:

LGTS Afterschool Program tests Reading and Math skills early and often, instilling a program that keeps our kids on track.

  • Poor performance in Math and Reading is the number one reason children get frustrated and fall behind in school.
  • At some point, when they can’t keep up with the class, the frustration builds, and they stop caring about their educational performance and learning.
  • This is when, statistically, gang activity becomes a solution for failing students.
  • LGTS understands the importance of education and carries a strong mission to give students confidence in the classroom, through commitment and education, so that they continue to grow in a positive direction.

LGTS Solution #3:

Improving the Parent-Child Relationship

LGTS Afterschool Program is creating the necessary change by:

  • Working closely with parents allows us to utilize them as virtual employees, carrying LGTS's philosophies and programming home, furthering the positive effect of LGTS’s overall education
  • Incorporating mandatory monthly parent meetings allows LGTS to have a big part in changing the way parents deal with their children
  • Improving parent-child relationships may be the single most important thing we can do to improve cognitive skills!

Continuing Parent Education through LGTS Afterschool Program

Through monthly Solutions-Focused Support Meetings LGTS Afterschool Program accomplishes the following:

  • By highlighting the good work that parents are already doing individually, there is a huge opportunity to bring them together: For Example: "There is no perfect parent. However, if we added up the skills in this room, we would collectively have the perfect parent. Therefore, we are here to share what is working with each other".
  • Educating parents on the experience of children who attend college, including giving parents very specific examples of college experiences both during and after attending, allows them insight and confidence to support their own children in pursuing higher education.
  • Sharing statistical knowledge with facts like "Parental nurturance stimulates the brain's medial temporal lobe, which in turn aids the development of memory skills", opens parents' eyes to how much positive influence they can have on their children everyday.

LGTS Solution #4:

LGTS Afterschool Program uses uplifting, positive talk with students in our program.

We pride ourselves on speaking to our students as equals or apprentice adults, who have the power to ask questions, challenge assumptions and negotiate rules.

  • Parents, students, and LGTS agree to, and sign a contract together as a team. "This is what we agree to do to ensure that your child will go to college..."
  • Make allies out of Parents through home visits.
  • Everyday our focus will be on FINISHING. We openly talk about "finishing everything at the highest level."

Navigate their own world

  • We will constantly be instructing our students to ask for help. For example, our tutor may say, "I bet if you go and ask Tim (board member or friend of LGTS), he can help you with your vowels." Doing so, assists LGTS is building knowledge, confidence, and trust with its students.
  • Engaging whole families encourages positive behavior both in and out of school settings.