TFT: What TFT Projects Do

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What TFT Projects Do

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TFT projects include a wide range of activities that fall within education objectives from the CNCS Strategic Plan.

  • School Readiness: School readiness for economically disadvantaged young children,
  • K-12 Success: Educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools, and
  • Post-secondary Success: Preparation for and prospects of success in post-secondary education institutions for economically disadvantaged students

Below are some sample service activities in the TFT outcome areas:

Celebrate and inspire community and family engagement in education and strengthen a community culture of education success

  • Organize celebrations and recognition events for community volunteers
  • Work with local media outlets to publicize stories of service initiatives that are making a difference for schools and students
  • Foster the capacity of low-performing schools to manage school-community partnerships
  • Serve full-time on the senior management team of target schools to build the capacity to manage partnerships and a school culture that understands the value of partnerships and is able to effectively incorporate them into the school
  • Develop written agreements to codify and advance cooperation between schools and community organizations
  • Develop a volunteer resource management system that addresses issues of needs identification and volunteer recruitment, screening, training, supervision, incentives, evaluation, retention, and recognition
  • Assess school and student needs in the ABCs outcome areas and focus on building partnerships that are directly responsive to those needs
  • Develop data systems and use processes to target services to the students and families in greatest need
  • Secure financial and in-kind resources to support TFT activities

Build and support service and volunteer partnerships that focus on boosting key measurable student outcomes – Attendance, Behavior, Course performance, and College access (the ABCs) – as a means to improve low-performing schools

  • Develop attendance data systems and focus efforts on chronically absent students (absent 10% or more of days of school)
  • Create strategies for making coming to school more welcoming for all of students through activities such as greeting students by name when they arrive each morning
  • Develop system for conducting home visits with chronically absent students to emphasize the importance of attendance and to work through family and student barriers to attendance
  • Develop attendance incentive programs

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Behavior-focused outcome examples

  • Recruit classroom coaches to help manage student behavior issues in the classroom to reduce student being put out of class
  • Recruit volunteers to assist students that are in in-school suspension
  • Develop material and activity incentives for students that are aligned with a school’s positive behavior intervention system
  • Develop evidence-based mentorship initiatives

Course performance-focused outcome examples

  • Recruit volunteers to deliver personalized academic assistance for the students that are 2 or more grade levels behind in reading during afterschool and summer tutoring programs
  • Develop project-based learning opportunities that connect the classroom to real-world challenges
  • Recruit volunteers that can assist teachers with implementing blended learning – the combination of online and onsite learning - in both school and non-school settings
  • Establish expanded learning time initiatives, including summer programs for students

College access-focused outcome examples

  • Conduct training in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for high school seniors and their families that have not yet completed it
  • Develop materials that help all students to better understand the options for post-secondary education that are available in their own communities
  • Organize college fairs at schools and college visits for students
  • Organize career exploration activities that link student career interest with learning about the relevant post-secondary education requirements
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