MOVES is designed to effectively and efficiently put well-trained volunteers into schools that lack sufficient resources to provide remedial support (i.e., interventions) for all struggling learners. In our work with numerous schools and districts, we find that just about every school can benefit from free, highly-skilled support.
That's correct: the MOVES Program is completely free for participating schools.
To provide schools with this much-needed support, MOVES staff recruit and train community volunteers to use academic intervention programs (for reading, writing, and math) that have shown through research to improve students' learning. A MOVES coordinator works with the school and the volunteers to ensure that volunteers are assisting in a way that efficiently aligns with the school's schedule and the teachers' needs. MOVES volunteers may be trained in intervention programs already being implemented by educators within the school, or they may be trained in an intervention program that is new to the school. When a school is not sure how to best support struggling learners in a particular academic skill (e.g., reading comprehension), our MOVES coordinator helps schools to select the most effective intervention possible and then trains our volunteers to use the program. In some cases, the MOVES coordinator can also assist with training school staff.
The bottom line is that our highly-trained volunteers greatly contribute by using intervention programs with the students who otherwise are not receiving the support because of time-limited school personnel.
We know from sound research, and from our experience with MOVES, exactly what is needed in a successful school volunteer program. A successful volunteer program can be defined as one that improves student learning while also being feasible and enjoyable to both volunteers and schools. In short, not all volunteer programs are the same, and many do not offer the following key ingredients that research has shown to be necessary for a successful volunteer program.
These key ingredients, all of which are integrated into the MOVES program, are:
As stated above, the MOVES Program integrates all of these elements in order to maximize success for the students and the volunteers, as well as to meaningfully support teachers and schools.
If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, please contact the MOVES Program Coordinator, Lauren Joyce, at: MOVES@helpseducationfund.org.