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An Introduction to the START Program

Information for prospective volunteers about Dartmouth College's START program
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Hopkins Center Outreach

on 20 February 2017

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Transcript of An Introduction to the START Program

Who is START?

Email START@dartmouth.edu mary.gaetz@dartmouth.edu
or call 646-2010

Questions?

START in Practice

Volunteer Expectations


The "what"

What is START?

Students
Teaching in the
Arts

Grades 1-8
Dartmouth students lead original arts integration projects in non-arts subjects
6 weeks of visits
Dartmouth undergraduates who:
Have a passion for the performing and visual arts
Program Structure
Activity Plans
Examples of START
Activity Plans:
Want to Apply?
Applications and info about applying at:
https://hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/start_program


Learn and Lead with the Arts!
All volunteers attend final reflection
session and dinner and give short presentations about their term with
START.
Volunteer program
Quotes from past volunteers:
Will push themselves to be creative leaders
Attend:
Training session
Meeting with teacher
Meetings (2) with START staff
6 classroom visits
End-of-term reflection session, presentations and dinner


Maintain:
Communication
with teacher
with START staff
with group
Program standards
meet with group to create and review plans
push creative boundaries
Status as role model and mentor to students
This experience made me want to work further with kids, possibly in more volunteer options. I also loved seeing firsthand how creative and unselfconscious kids can be. It’s helpful to get in that “Anything is possible” mindset.

I think my favorite moment was helping two little girls—Sam and Lexi—to swing dance in orbit
(session was about outer space)
. Sam got really discouraged at first but Lexi took her side and taught her the steps with me as a demonstration. Sam kept trying until she was comfortable.

I think doing START reaffirmed my interest in community service and giving back. I hadn’t done much volunteer work or education in a while and I think that moving forward I’ll make a more intentional effort to do so because it’s so rewarding.

What is arts integration?
New volunteer applicants are vetted the term before they volunteer
Teachers contact START with their availability and information about their curriculum and classroom.

Volunteers' schedules are confirmed and volunteers are placed in groups of 2 or 3 and assigned a classroom.
The term begins! Volunteers attend training and begin developing their plans.
After training, volunteers meet with their teacher to review plans.

After meeting with teacher, each START group meets with START staff to review plans.

Each group meets to finalize plans for first visit.


Visits begin!

START staff visit classrooms to observe in week 2 and in week 6.
Volunteers work in groups
Partner teachers who:
START Staff who:
Dartmouth College
Want to create unique learning experiences for young students
Are thoughtful collaborators
Provide information about curriculum, their classroom and support volunteers in the classroom
Help train, support and provide oversight for the program

Theatre!
Music!

Dance!
Visual art!
Thank you!!
The " why"
Dance it
Act it
Sing it
Make it
Remember it

2nd/3rd grade classroom studying animals:
6th grade classroom studying the civil rights movement (includes comments from START staff):
2016-2017 START Calendar
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