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Partners at Learning (PAL) Program

Description: The PAL program, offered through UC San Diego.s Education Studies Program, provides opportunities for UCSD students to assist underrepresented and underserved preK-12 students and schools. Every year students in PAL courses work with hundreds of students on an individual basis and provide mentoring/tutoring at more than twenty area schools, contributing over 20,000 volunteer hours.  PAL courses are open to students from all majors and colleges. Many students take PAL classes in order to work with children and youth, to get real world experience, or to do community service, but PAL classes also fulfill GE and significant writing requirements for some colleges, as well as some of the requirements for a minor in EDS. PAL mentors and tutors work in schools and strive to enhance preK-12 students' achievement and motivation. PAL partner schools are typically in lower income neighborhoods. The PAL courses are listed below.

Course Descriptions:  Preschool and Elementary Education

EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary School Students
This course focuses on the role of undergraduate mentors in raising academic expectations for students and families traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of elementary schools, and the academic achievement of elementary children are examined. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 131. Assisting in Preschool
This course examines effective practices for early education and development for pre-school children ages 2-5 years old. Field experience and seminar focus on cognitive and social development and the undergraduate/preschool student relationship, teaching and learning processes in early education, and community service. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 134. Introduction to Literacy and Numeracy Tutoring
This course examines effective practices for language arts and mathematics learning for elementary school children. The field experience and seminar focus on the tutor / student relationship, teaching and learning processes for literacy and numeracy, and community service. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)}

EDS 137. Introduction to Discipline-Specific Teaching and Learning
This course examines effective practices for teaching and learning in specific academic content areas in PreK-12 school or community settings. The field experience and seminar focus on relationship-building between mentors and learners, discipline-relevant teaching and learning processes, and community service.

EDS 139Practicum in Learning
Students are placed in local schools and work with students in classrooms and the community. Students work on educational activities with K-12 students a minimum of four hours per week.

Course Descriptions:  Secondary Education
EDS 39. Practicum in Science and Math Teaching/Learning (2)
Undergraduate students are placed in local schools and work with children in classrooms and the community. Students work on educational activities with K-12 students a minimum of 20 hours/quarter. Prerequisites: department stamp; concurrent enrollment in either Math 87: Teaching Math.: The Challenge, or Chem. 87: Teaching Science: The Challenge. 

EDS 136Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students
This course focuses on the role of undergraduate tutors in building academic resiliency in secondary students traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of secondary schools, the philosophical, sociological, and political issues which relate to the U.S. secondary educational system, and the academic achievement of secondary children are examined. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)orequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 138Introduction to Academic Tutoring at Charter Schools
This course focuses on effects of the Charter School movement on public education in the U.S., the role of the research universities in K-12 education, the social and political organization of the schools, the philosophical, sociological, and political issues which relate to the U.S. secondary educational system, and the academic achievement of secondary children. Students investigate the role of undergraduate tutors in building academic resiliency in secondary students traditionally underrepresented at the university. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning) 

EDS 139Practicum in Learning
Students are placed in local schools and work with students in classrooms and the community. Students work on educational activities with K-12 students a minimum of four hours per week.

Where in the Community:
Escondido
Escondido Union High School District
302 N Midway Dr., Escondido, CA 92027

National City 
Central Elementary
933 E Ave., National City, CA 91950

El Toyon Elementary
2000 E Division St., National City, CA 91950

Kimball Elementary
302 W 18th St., National City, CA 91950

John Otis Elementary
621 East 18th St., National City, CA 91950

Olivewood Elementary
2505 F Avenue, National City, CA 91950

Oceanside 
North Terrace Elementary
940 Capistrano Dr., Oceanside, CA 92058

San Diego Unified 
Cadman Elementary
4370 Kamloop Ave., San Diego, CA 92117

Chollas Elementary
4525 Market St., San Diego, CA 92102

Crawford Multimedia and Visual Arts School High School 
4191 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115

Crawford CHAMPS
4191 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115

Fay Elementary
4080 52nd St., San Diego, CA 92105

Hawthorne Elementary
4750 Lehrer Drive, San Diego, CA 92117

Holmes Elementary
4902 Mt. Ararat Drive, San Diego, CA 92111

McKinley Elementary
3045 Felton Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Montgomery Middle
1570 Melody Ln., El Cajon, CA 92019

Porter Elementary
4800 T St., San Diego, CA 92113

Oak Park Elementary
2606 54th St., San Diego, CA 92105

San Diego High School (Media, Visual and Performing Arts)
1405 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego High School (Communications)
1405 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Lincoln High School
4777 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113

Preschools 
Florence CDC: Hillcrest
3914 First Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Logan CDC: Logan Heights
2875 Oceanview Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92113

First Unitarian Cooperative preschool: Hillcrest
4190 Front St. , San Diego, CA 92103

Child Development Associates (CDA) The Parks: National City
678 Third Avenue Suite 201, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Balboa Lutheran Head Start: Clairemont Mesa
7250 Eckstrom Ave., San Diego CA 92111

St. Leo's Head Start: Solana Beach
936 Genevieve St, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Alternative Schools 
ALBA Community Day School High School 
5510 Trojan Ave., San Diego, CA 92115

Garfield Continuation High School 
1255 16th St., San Diego, CA, 92101

San Diego Early Middle College High School 
1425 Russ Blvd. Suite T-112D, San Diego, CA 92101

Charter Schools 
King Chavez Academies
415 31st St., San Diego, CA 92102

Kipp Adelante Charter School
1475 Sixth Ave. 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

Gompers Charter Middle School
1005 47th St, San Diego, CA 92102

Preuss School 
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA, 92093

MAAC Project 
1385 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911

San Diego Cooperative Charter
7260 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

Tubman Elementary
6880 Mohawk St., San Diego, CA 92115

Urban Discovery Academy
205 West Date, San Diego, CA 92101

Prerequisites: Program activities are carried out in the context of several EDS upper division courses and 39. Since the majority of the courses through which PAL is offered are upper division, freshmen are generally not encouraged to participate. However, there are no specific prerequisites.

People in charge:  Caren Holtzman, PAL Faculty Coordinator, ext, 41685choltzman@ucsd.edu
Melissa Wolf, Assistant Student Affairs Officer, ext. 22177; mawolf@ucsd.edu

Students participating:  600 per year

Student Comments/Reflections:  http://www-tep.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/pal.shtml#testimonials

URL:  http://www-tep.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/pal.shtml  and http://www-tep.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/pal.shtml#course

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