Chords for Progression seeks to revolutionize the way we educate adolescent Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE), typically our refugee and asylum-seeking youth.
By merging math with musicianship, dance, and the visual arts, Chords accelerates learning ability, enabling these students to catch-up to grade-level in time to graduate high school.
WHAT ARE WE FUNDRAISING?
Our math merged with language concept has already proven successful when working with high school newcomer SIFE from widely varying countries of origin, in an array of education settings.
We are now scaling up, incorporating musicianship, dance, and art.
$10,000 funds our pilot launch at Oakland International High School in January 2018.
Donations will go to:
-math program supplies
-transportation for students (40% commute 45 minutes to the school)
-learning supplies (paper, colored pencils, notebooks)
-celebration supplies (each completion of a grade-level comes with a certificate and a cake celebration!)
-professional performing artist workshops
This project is a 2017 U.C. Berkeley "Big Ideas" Social Innovation contest winner, "Arts & Social Change" category.
Additionally, Chords for Progression is currently exhibited in the Worth Ryder Gallery for the 2017 U.C. Berkeley Student Art Show, and is featured in the 2017 Arts&Design Initiative publication.
<3 <3 Funding this project means getting Chords operating in the school district and providing support to this overlooked but shining population of students. <3 <3
ONE OF MANY STORIES
At an Undocumented Youth Immigrant Shelter, I stood outside with their teacher.
She had just learned that these youths faced the real threat of having their body parts sold on the black market if they were sent back to their home countries. This, in addition to the human trafficking and violence.
As we watched the kids playing and laughing, we stood there, somber.
For those remaining and enrolling in the US school system, it meant an opportunity at life awaited them. Yet a whole new life struggle was about to begin...
ABOUT THE TARGET POPULATION
· Adolescent students who have suffered an interruption to their schooling lasting 2 years or more, and those who have been wholly unable to attend school throughout childhood.
· In the San Francisco Bay Area, these students tend to be our refugee, asylum-seeking youth, and/or unaccompanied minors.
Coming from countries where:
· gender restriction
· civil unrest, or
have affected their development of literacy and opportunities for education.
They have endured an arduous and traumatic journey to the U.S., and while they bring a wealth of assets, not the least of which is great resilience and enthusiasm, high school Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) face considerable barriers because of their near expected graduation date.
The majority of them will be unable to catch-up to grade-level, and therefore unable earn a high school diploma.
Their inability to learn academic literacies will affect their children and their grandchildren as the US struggles with a growing number of Lifelong English Language Learners.
Chords for Progression is more than an education project, it is a project that seeks to restore one of the fundamental, inherent rights to which every human being is entitled: a child’s right to an education.
Chords offers a program that:
· facilitates English language acquisition
· fills in gaps of logical reasoning
· boosts academic performance
· provides stress relief and healing through traumas
· establishes social bonds
Digits > Numbers > Number Sentences > Equations of Expression
Beats > Notes > Chords > Songs of Expression
Phonetics > Sounds > Words > Sentences of Expression
Chords for Progression is offered in an English Language Learner friendly-format.
In the math program, students explore the elementary concepts of K-6th Common Core Math Standards by
*playing, *making, *creating, *feeling, *hearing, and *visualizing them.
The curriculum specifically utilizes the visual arts to teach fundamental geometric reasoning; students learn geometry because they make geometry, because they discover the beauty in geometry.
In the music program, students are introduced to local performing artists who come in to workshop dance and musicianship. Chords gives special attention to healing through mindful music workshops.
Research has proven that musicianship and movement develop the brain centers involved in
*spatial reasoning, *creativity, *critical thinking, and *understanding spoken language.
Mathematical thinking develops
*logical reasoning, *critical thinking.
Thank you for reading and thank you for your kindness! <3