Silverman Fellows work to strengthen literacy and communication skills among K-12 students at university-assisted community schools, with a focus on promoting wellness and creating media to disseminate to the wider community. They plan and implement in-school and after-school programming at one of our partner schools and attend professional development opportunities throughout the year. A range of creative projects are available, depending on fellows’ interest and the needs of the partner schools.
Penn students, working through Netter, can provide people power to teacher-driven, curriculum-integrated projects that fulfill K-12 teachers’ learning goals for literacy and critical thinking, in humanities, health, and wellness. Penn students can provide the hands-on support to make labor-intensive, tangible culminating projects come alive, while coaching public school students in these projects. Examples include:
Handle layout, production, and publishing tasks for student-written newspapers, books, essay collections, and literary magazines
Create art installations (tactile or virtual) to showcase students’ research
Build websites documenting students’ written, visual, audio, and video research
Coach students one-on-one as they write and prepare to perform their writing
Design and produce event flyers, playbills, and other event materials
Facilitate reading groups for in-depth, personalized discussions