Awesome! Homework and Career Help
The San Antonio Public Library offers an array of resources for all ages, including Tutor.com which provides LIVE homework help and career-readiness resources. Students in K-12, college and adults can get live learning support in a safe online environment. Certified subject specialists cover topics like: math, science, social studies, English. SAT/GED preparation, help with essay and resume writing, and Citizenship test preparation. Tutors are available every day 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; en Español, todos los días de 4pm hasta 11pm.
Additionally, specialists are also trained to offer resume and job interviewing help. Live specialists are also available every day from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Career Center supplements the live help with a website available 24 hours a day that provides interview tips, resume templates and links to local job search sites.
At cafécollege the San Antonio Education Partnership College Access and Success advisors provide assistance with following key Services:
- College Admission Assistance
- Financial Aid Guidance
- Career Exploration
- College Applications
- SAT&ACT Preparation
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Diplomas Now is an innovative school turnaround model that unites three experienced non-profit organizations- City Year, Communities In School, and Talente Development- to work with nation’s most challenged middle and highschool to deliver the right interventions to the right students and the right time. Visit Website
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials. In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. iCivics features engaging lesson plans and interactive games that guide students through virtual courtrooms allowing them to see how jurors deliberate. Additionally, students get to become U.S. President for four years, learn the process for drafting polished arguments and study learn constitutional law.
The City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District is offering various immunization events to get student immunizations up to date for the first day of school. School districts will not allow any student to enroll in school if their shot records are not current. For a list of Metro Health events and locations, click here.
Inspire U Mentoring Program
Inspire U, an education-related cause of the SA2020, is a unique mentoring program that matches adult volunteers, through their employer, with middle and high school youth to help them become the first in their family to attend college. Students visit their mentors at the workplace and are supported with career and college building activities. Inspire U partners include: cafécollege, the San Antonio Education Partnership, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas and Communities in Schools-San Antonio.
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Library Media Downloads
Attention bookworms and digital techies! With digital downloads – your public library is open 24/7! The San Antonio Public Library offers a variety of ways to download digital media content: Freegal Music, OneClickdigital, and OverDrive. You can access these services for free using your San Antonio Public Library Card.
Mayor’s Summer Reading Program at the SAPL
Summer is underway! Make reading a priority this summer. A good book is just the easiest (and most fun) thing to do this summer to keep skills sharp and builds vocabulary, plus you’ll retain those literacy skills you developed all year long.
The San Antonio Public Library Summer Reading Program is fun and free. Kids can keep a log of the books they read and earn prizes. Simply return the form to your local library to claim a prize, which includes a Summer Reading Certificate signed by Mayor Julián Castro and a free paperback book to keep.
Looking for an online school? Online Colleges strives to be your main resource in online education, whether you’re an experienced online learner, a current student, or are considering attending college online. Users can find an overview of colleges by state, guides to help online students be successful, facts, news and more. Students can now earn a fully online degree in nearly every field of study. In an increasingly technological world, it is important for students to learn the skills necessary for not only succeeding in school, but for thriving in the digital workforce.
Read 3 Initiative
Help shape a child’s mind by reading to them three times a week. When you read to a child—they develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school. Sadly, not all children have books in their homes. That’s why H-E-B is launching Read 3. Parents can visit H-E-B’s in-store Literacy Centers for storytelling and special events. The two Literacy Centers are located at the H-E-B Plus on 6818 S. Zarzamora St. and the H-E-B at H-E-B at 3323 S.E. Military Drive.
The new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) program which will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) beginning in spring 2012. One of the primary goals of the STAAR program is to increase the rigor of the assessments so that students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century, including career and job readiness.
In grades 3 – 8, the STARR program will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. In high school, 12 grade-specific assessments would be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments. The STAAR program has new policies for dictionary and calculator use on the state assessments based on the new curriculum requirements. Additionally, embedded reference materials for math and science will be included in the test booklets. Other changes include time limits for testing. Students will have four hours to complete the test. Make up tests will also be allowed.
• Read more on the TEA web site.
• For a complete summary of House Bill 3, click HERE.
Student Reading Lists
The 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. The 2X2 Committee‘s charge is to produce a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two. The committee’s goal is to generate a statewide promotion of the reading list by introducing it in the following locations: • Public libraries • School libraries • Primary care facilities • Day care centers • Early childhood centers • Hospitals • Women, Infant and Children (WIC) sites • Health Department Clinics • Head Start locations. Additional readings lists are also available for middle and high school students.
• For more information about the 2×2 reading list project, click here
Support teaching with the new iTunes University app. The iTunes app gives educators, students and lifelong learners the opportunity to download hundreds of courses from Harvard and MIT to the smaller college districts. The courses, many of which are free, are ideal for learners who want to improve skills in a subject area or want to learn a new one. The downloaded courses come with lectures, lecture notes, quizzes, test, texts and more. Educators, you now have the ability to design and distribute a complete course with the iTunes University application available for iPad, iPhone and iTouch.
• Click to visit the Apple web site.
• Download the iTunes University app.
• FREE course downloads from TEA on iTunes U. (NOTE: You must be logged in to iTunes to see the direct TEA link. If you do not have an account, create an account first.)
Educators in Los Altos, California are just one of many using technology to reinforce math concepts for elementary students in 5th and 7th grade classes. This self-paced program incorporates the Khan Academy as a hybrid-learning model. Mathematical concepts are presented in digestible 15 -30 minutes video segments at the pilot school. Khan Academy can also be used at home as a supplemental tool. The interactive web site features hundreds of youtube learning segments in numerous subjects including math, science, biology, chemistry and more.
• Click to visit the Kahn Academy website now.
• Learn more about the pilot program at Los Altos ISD
Math Program (Reasoning Mind)
Imagine a day when children love their math class so much, they do math problems at home instead of playing video games. That day is here! Reason Mind is partnering with schools using RM to supplement math instruction. A Reasoning Mind classroom uses a hybrid of online instruction and face-to-face instruction, where the teacher gives each child individual help and attention. Reasoning Mind is a scalable way to dramatically improve the nation’s math education providing teacher training and virtual learning classrooms. Visit the Reason Mind website.
Learn more about which San Antonio school districts are using RM: mysanantonio.com
Young Achiever’s Program