Keys to Success - 21st Century Community Learning Center at Gerald Adams Elementary
The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant is to provide support to students at risk of failing or falling behind in school. 21st CCLC is a federally funded afterschool and summer program offered at no cost to participants. The program goals are to increase academic performance, enrich personal development, and enhance family involvement in student learning. Monroe County School District's program at Gerald Adams Elementary School is 21st Century Keys to Success (21st KTS).21st Century KTS afterschool and summer program offers:
- Activities designed to support student and family learning;
- Homework help and remedial education;
- Personal enrichment; and
- Family-centered activities that promote parental involvement and family literacy.
21st Century KTS incorporates many Project Based Learning (PBL) learning strategies and activities into its program. Research shows that students remember what they learned when engaged with academic subjects through PBL environments. This increases knowledge and develops personal skills.
Student performance is regularly measured through academic grades and state standardized assessments. In that way program effectiveness is directly linked to student performances. Having a strong evaluation plan ensures continuous progress toward 21st Century KTS goals and objectives, and MCSD has retained EduMatrix, LLC. as the external grant evaluator for making these assessments. As part of the evaluation process EduMatrix works with the program’s project coordinator and the school site coordinators throughout the year to provide feedback on program performance; while mid-ear and end-of-year reports offer a quantitative and qualitative look at program achievements.
Program Advisory Boards and community partners are a major part of the 21st Century KTS support team. Program Advisory Boards are comprised of parents, staff and community partners who lend their support as consultants, volunteers, and service providers.
While the benefits of 21st Century KTS are felt most by the students and family members enrolled in the program, it’s the community as a whole that benefits from the program.