TEEMS AmeriCorps Program
T.E.E.M.S. (Technology, Engineering, Environment, Math and Science) AmeriCorps is a corps of mathematics and science majors trained in “Best Practices in Urban Education,” which includes effective tutoring and mentoring.
In 2012, Georgia’s graduation rate was ranked 48 in the nation. Today in 2017, Atlanta’s urban students still lag in terms of STEM performance.
It is our mission at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence to optimize the life opportunities of children and families in urban communities by ensuring the availability of a prosperous and equitable school environment. We believe that through our work we can create a world where all children have equal access to educational opportunities that prepare them to be academically excellent, culturally competent, and critically conscious.
The Alonzo A. Crim Center and AmeriCorps have collaborated to develop comprehensive day and after school programming for middle and high schools known as T.E.E.M.S. (Technology, Engineering, Environment, Math and Science). As you know, AmeriCorps Members are responsible for providing supplemental instruction and support in the areas of math and science during the school day. AmeriCorps Members also lead dynamic after school programming designed to provide homework assistance in math and science while creating fun strategies to learning.View the T.E.E.M.S. Americorps flyer
The Technology Engineering, Environment Math and Science (TEEMS) AmeriCorps program, housed in the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University's College of Education, partners with urban elementary, middle schools, high schools, and educational organizations that seek to better prepare students in STEM areas.
The objective that focuses this work is related to an increase in student academic performance in STEM. The TEEMS AmeriCorps program deploys 25 AmeriCorps members as change agents who will affect school culture by providing effective instructional support in science, math and STEM education, thereby increasing long-term student efficacy and STEM academic achievement.
Members serve alongside formal and informal educators at local schools and community organizations as a way of strengthening STEM education at the site. The components of the T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps member's roles and responsibilities are as follows:
STEM Programming/Classroom Assistance: Each school based AmeriCorps member will be assigned to a mathematics or science classroom, or lab in which they will remain for the entire school year. The AmeriCorps members will serve with the lead teacher to assess the needs and support the learning of each student in the classroom. The school-based members will report to the school and their assigned classroom on a schedule established with their site supervisor and host teacher. They will be available throughout that time to their teacher and students. AmeriCorps members will primarily supplement the instruction provided by the lead teacher through small group instruction, individual instruction, co-teaching, activity facilitation, resource generation, and other related activities. They will not serve unsupervised with students, as there will always be a lead teacher/staff present.
After-School Programming: Center-based AmeriCorps members will help to facilitate after school programming daily from the time students arrive until the time the students are dismissed in conjunction with a supervising staff member. The after-school program will focus on homework assistance as well as reinforcement in math and science, and/or STEM education engagement. After-school service is planned and facilitated by the respective AmeriCorps member. At least one AmeriCorps member and one center staff member will be present during the afterschool program.
The program is focused on achieving at least 10% gains math and/or science in urban schools and community learning centers. Additionally, members are charged with engaging the community in service learning efforts throughout the program year.
About our TEEMS Director
I was born in Israel, was there for the first three years of my life. Moved to the U.S. in 1997 with my mom and sister. My mom is from Atlanta originally. I have lived in Atlanta pretty much ever since. I was the first Gates Millennial Scholar at Southside Highschool.
I went to Union College in upstate New York. I started off as an Economics major. In my first year, at my last semester, I created my own major consisting of: Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology. I focused on the economic issues of the African American community.
Life changing moment in my undergraduate career was the Civil Rights tour. We started off in South Carolina, looking at slavery and going to two different plantations. One of them was preserved, so we got to look at one of the original cabins. We looked at slavery through whitewashing, and how history is commemorated. We started in South Carolina and ended in New Orleans. We met with people from the Montgomery bus boycott, the Little Rock Nine, and got to walk across the Edmund Pettus bridge. It was a real transformative experience. It had me looking at social justice work and how I need to be doing something.
My mentor was the director of the multicultural center. I worked with her on diversity programs, and leadership workshops. Then, I did the social justice program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I did workshops on intergroup identity issues. I taught a couple of classes on leadership and identity development.
In my desire to move to Atlanta, and still work with underserved communities, I came to the Crim Center. It’s great to work with these members who have such an impact on kids. I have been doing site visits and seeing their confidence in math and science increase is nice.
For more information on TEEMS, Sarayfah can be reached at 404-413-8430 or email email@example.com