Each of the sites recruits students, provides classroom space, and contributes half of the funds necessary to purchase Google Chromebooks and IXL site licenses for language and math. The “We Cannot Have That Foundation” provides the other half of the funds necessary for the Google Chromebook computers and the site licenses. The afterschool program operates several day per week. Upon arrival at the sites, students are offered a healthy snack, followed by two 45 minute sessions of guided computer-assisted learning in math and language. Members of each site serve as classroom monitors to assist the students. We also encourage the participation of high school juniors and seniors as volunteer classroom facilitators at each of the sites to assist students with questions or problems, complementing the instruction provided by the IXL software. Both classroom monitors and high school volunteers have received training on the operation of the Google Chromebooks and the IXL software www.IXL.com.
Dr. Arol Buntzman, the founder of the “We Cannot Have That Foundation,” supervises the program, reviews IXL weekly reports and develops individualized lesson plans for each student to focus their learning on the math and language skills that have not yet been mastered. Weekly progress reports on skills mastered and areas of weakness for each student are available.