Jumpstart Charges Kids Up for Learning!

After Aaron Lieberman spent a summer break as a camp counselor, he returned to his studies at Yale University with a desire to provide individual attention for at-risk preschool students. With the help of others, he founded Jumpstart, an organization that matches college students and youngsters in one-to-one sessions that help the kids charge up for learning. The Jumpstart mission is “to engage young people in service to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.” Since its inception, Jumpstart has served more than 8,000 children. Included: Assessments that show the program is working plus comments from participants in the program!

“Jumpstart’s greatest accomplishment is that we’ve engaged nearly 2,000 college students in one-to-one service to more than 8,000 children over the past seven years,” Aaron Lieberman tells Education World. “As we’ve grown from a local program serving 15 children in our first year to a national program serving 2,500 children this year, Jumpstart has not only maintained but also improved the quality of the program to achieve higher impact and proven results.”

Lieberman is the president and CEO of Jumpstart, a volunteer program that matches college students with preschoolers who need their time. Founded by

Top 10 Ways to Improve Student Achievement and Create Learners

Top 10 Ways to Improve Student Achievement and Create Learners Disclaimer: This is by no means all that schools should be doing. Note that these are broad actions; there are many more detailed actions that need to be taken.

1. Share a Vision — Review your school’s Mission Statement. Your new vision should be tied to your district’s Mission Statement, but build up on it. The vision should describe why it is important to achieve your mission statement while looking to the future. It should portray what will be achieved if the school is successful in achieving its goals. Everyone should be invested in the vision with a total buy-in from the entire school. You have to keep your eye on the prize and never veer from your vision.

2. Your School Should Be a Change Agent — Change agents are passionate and driven about their vision. They make the tough decisions keeping what’s best for the students in focus. When complaints about change and improvement come rolling in, and they will, pay close attention to your leadership and their decisions. If the leaders of a district do not want to upset the teachers or parents by moving forward, then your district’s