Seniors at Uplift Williams Preparatory have been given the opportunity to become student teachers through the new program Student Instructional Leadership Team (SILT). The SILT team is a group of twenty four senior scholars who tutor underclassman in Reading, English, Math, and Science skills in order to prepare for ACT and SAT exams.
The twenty four senior scholars were selected based on their strong ACT and SAT scores. They are supported and instructed by 14 teachers who help them with preparing materials for tutoring session as well as making sure they obtain their weekly goals.
Student teachers arrive early around 7:15 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to prepare before scholars arrive for their session. The program helps underclassmen prepare to take the ACT and SAT tests through practice assessments, exercises and one-on-one tutoring.
“Personally I believe it has given me the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others,” said senior Irma Zamarripa.
The goal of the program is to prepare scholars for the ACT and SAT test with the hopes of improving each scholars’ score by two points.
Each scholar can work at their own pace with the help of their student teacher. With only four months of the program, scholars and teachers notice literacy, math, and science skills improving.
“It makes me have hope for tomorrow’s future which are the kids that are going to be taking this exam,” Zamarripa said.
In total, the SILT program will be helping more than eighty Uplift Williams scholars this school year.