Miami Connections is an on-campus, half-day alternative school program that assists local ninth and tenth graders in their transition to high school. It provides a unique field placement for Miami education majors and meaningful volunteer opportunities for students in any major.
Talawanda High School students who are in Butler Tech, a county career and technical education program, take online courses, guided by a veteran teacher. Go here for a brochure that describes the program to high school students.
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The partnership with Butler Tech and Talawanda was launched in fall 2010. More than 30 Talawanda students are already involved. More than 100 Miami students are providing tutoring and mentoring.
Miami Connections depends on students who want to make a difference. Learn more about Miami Connections and how you can contribute:
• Frequently asked questions
• How to get involved
• Staff and contact information
Frequently asked questions
What makes Miami Connections unique?
Miami Connections is unique because it is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) housed on a university campus. Few such school programs are housed on university campuses, and those that do often charge tuition and/or do not provide transportation.
Who may tutor or mentor in Miami Connections?
Tutoring and mentoring is open to all Miami students, regardless of major.
How do I sign up for mentoring?
The mentoring class is EDP 450G (1 credit). Contact Dr. Leah Wasburn-Moses at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
A criminal background check is required, and a one-year commitment is preferred. However, there may be limited openings for spring semester. Go here for "how to" information on background checks.
What if I miss my assigned tutoring time? If necessary, you may make up your time another day in the week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) at the same time.
Where can I learn more about Career and Technical Education (CTE) and/or Career-Based Intervention (CBI) programs? Miami Connections is a CBI program, which is a type of CTE program.
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Miami Connections makes a difference in the lives of adolescents and in the lives of future teachers. Here are some of the aspects of the program that make it special and different:
• Online Learning: Miami Connections students take online courses through Butler Tech, guided by a Master Teacher.
• Daily Tutoring: Five tutors are assigned to each class period, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tutors are encouraged to sign up to tutor in their academic area of interest. Some time is set aside each day for intervention, so students can stay caught up in work from other classes.
• Mentoring: Miami student volunteers are matched one-on-one to Miami Connections students based on interest. This year-long commitment is supported by Miami faculty, through EDP 450G, a one-credit hour class that meets once monthly.
• On-Campus Activities: Every Wednesday time is set aside to introduce Miami Connections students to campus. Sample activities include a trip to the art museum, a challenge course, and skating at Goggin.
How to get involved
Miami Connections has immediate needs. We appreciate feedback about any special talents or ways you can contribute to our program.
For example, we're looking for:
--Students who can suggest free, fun, educational activities on Wednesdays, anywhere on campus;
--Students who can coordinate Wednesday activities;
--Funds to support Miami Connections and to help pay for transportation and extras such as visits to the rec center, ice arena, Outdoor Pursuit Center, etc.
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Staff and contact information
The Miami Connections classroom is located in 132 Boyd Hall. Hours are 7:50 a.m.-2:55 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Staff involved in Miami Connections include:
Dr. Leah Wasburn-Moses, Project Manager and Co-Instructor, EDP 450G
Ms. Jill Hettersimer, Graduate Assistant
Mr. Pat Meade, Miami Connections Teacher (2010-2011)
Ms. Kristin Schmitz, Miami Connections Teacher (2011-2012)
Mr. Jay Fry, Butler Tech Teacher and Co-Instructor, EDP 450G
Mr. Joe Statt, Butler Tech Supervisor
For mentoring or other opportunities, contact Project Manager Dr. Leah Wasburn-Moses, at email@example.com or 529-0409. For tutoring, contact our Jill Hettersimer, graduate assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butler Tech CEO Brett Smith and Miami President David Hodge visited Miami Connections Oct. 19 to check out what may be the only such program in the country. Pictured here, left to right, are Smith, Hodge, Leah Wasburn-Moses (project manager) and Pat Meade (Butler Tech teacher).