|Elmhurst D205 Foundation|
|For Innovations that Advance Educational Excellence|
The District 205 Foundation's Study Skills Academy signature project began in the 2007-2008 academic school year with the goal of improving academic achievement by providing a structured environment outside of the classroom for students to get additional help.
Every K-8 school is provided with funding and guidelines, but may structure the academy to best address the academic needs of their student populations. Students are given instruction in specific curricular areas, assistance with homework completion and recovery, as well as help in developing effective time management, organizational and test-taking skills.
Students are recommended for participation by staff, and attendance is governed by the individual schools' requirements. The program is coordinated by one or more school certified teacher, and often utilizes volunteers from additional staff, the community or high school students from programs such as Invite to Teach or National Honor Society.
This year will mark the eigth year of the Study Skills Academy project, and we are receiving much positive feedback from teachers, principals, students and parents alike.
Schools are asked to provide data utilizing various assessment tools (ie.MAP scores) to measure the progress of students in this program. We are pleased to have data that reflects additional growth in participating students beyond the national average as well as the average of their peers in D205. We are also thrilled to witness less tangible achievements that are more difficult to capture on paper, such as an increase in student confidence, motivation and pride.
We are currently seeking sponsors for this program in order to continue providing this opportunity for students in the future. A $100 gift can sponsor participation for one student, and $2,500 can fund the entire program for one school. Please contact the Executive Director at 630-617-2328 for more information.