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Junior Achievement Volunteer Training

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Junior Achievement is the only organization reaching public & private school students, from kindergarten to high school, with classroom instruction programs that result in better comprehension scores & improved critical thinking skills by simulating everyday business experiences. Overview of JA - About What is Junior Achievement?

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How Do We Add Value? JA programming is centered around structured lesson plans tied to NC standards for grades K-12 A philosophy that presents content followed by classroom activities that challenge a student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills A delivery system that uses role models from the community who offer inspiration, enthusiasm, knowledge & living proof of where education can take you Using economics to support reading, writing, and math concepts Current K-12 content emphasizes Entrepreneurship, Workplace Readiness and Personal Financial Literacy. Junior Achievement Adds to the 3 R’s! RELEVANCY- tying the classroom to the real world RELATIONSHIPS-bringing the community back into our schools effectively and efficiently RESULTS-improved test results & critical thinking skills Overview of JA - About

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The Elementary School Programs (5 Lessons, 30-45 minutes each) K - Ourselves 1 st - Our Families 2 nd - Our Community 3 rd - Our City 4 th - Our Region 5 th - Our Nation When you sign up for a JA class, you are committing to teaching all the required lessons . The Elementary School Programs include six sequential themes for Kindergarten through fifth- grade students. Students learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. The sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary school and lifelong learning. Overview of JA – Elementary Programs* Tips for Working With Elementary School Students Ask teachers for their signal to get students’ attention and use it. Explain vocabulary – use the board or poster paper. Remember their age level. Relate the information to everyday life. Be enthusiastic and keep it fun! * For more specific information on each JA Program, please visit the Local Program section at www.jacarolinas.org

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Middle Grades Programs (6 Lessons, 45 minutes each) 6 th -7 th JA Global Marketplace 6 th -8 th JA Economics for Success 8 th JA America Works When you sign up for a JA class, you are committing to teaching all the required lessons. Junior Achievement has several highly effective programs for middle grade and junior high school students that reinforce the value of education and teach students about the future economic benefits of staying in school. Students will be introduced to many economic concepts and useful facts about the working world. Overview of JA – Middle School Programs* Tips for Working With Middle School Students Know the teacher’s classroom rules and follow them. Show students respect and ensure they respect you. Make sure you can move around the room so students pay attention better. Don’t let students speak when you are speaking. Do not keep talking even if 1-2 students are talking. Be honest and show you care about them. * For more specific information on each JA Program, please visit the Local Program section at www.jacarolinas.org

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9 th - 12 th JA Economics 9 th - 12 th JA Exploring Economics 9 th - 12 th JA Personal Finance 9 th - 12 th JA Titan 9 th - 12 th JA Success Skills 9 th - 12 th JA Company Program When you sign up for a JA class, you are committing to teaching all the required lessons. Junior Achievement's High School Programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world. With a range of different programs, JA teaches “what the world is really like.” You mix your life experience with our materials to light a fire under students to consider starting their own business, or why profit isn’t a “bad word.” High School Programs (5 - 7 Lessons, 45 minutes each) Overview of JA – High School Programs* Tips for Working With High School Students Know the teacher’s classroom rules and follow them. Show students respect and ensure they respect you. Make sure you can move around the room so students pay attention better. Don’t let students speak when you are speaking. Do not keep talking even if 1-2 students are talking. Be honest and show you care about them. * For more specific information on each JA Program, please visit the Local Program section at www.jacarolinas.org

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So you’ve signed up to teach JA…Now What?

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The Checklist… Things to do Use this checklist as a guide throughout your classes. Contact your assigned teacher within one week of training to set up a schedule. If you cannot get in touch with your teacher, contact JA immediately. If you do not have a class assignment, contact the JA office. o Discuss school rules and procedures. o Talk about how you and the teacher will work together. o Review any special needs in the classroom or with students. Review any special requirements for volunteers within your local school district. Please contact your Program Manager for this information. For a complete list of Program Managers by area, please click here. Arrange for pick up/delivery of program materials at least two weeks prior to your scheduled program start date. Please note: you must have a start date scheduled before receiving materials. Report any issues or concerns to the JA staff. This includes being unable to get in touch with your assigned teacher. Teach all the required lessons. Please notify your teacher of any changes in class schedule (e.g. emergencies, or last minute time schedules). Please remember your teacher does not have a lesson planned for the time that you are scheduled to teach JA in the classroom. Notify JA immediately after completing all required lessons! Return extra materials to the JA office. For more information: Please contact a member of the Programs Team For a complete list of Program Manager by area, please click here . For more information, please visit our website at www.jacarolinas.org . JA Volunteer Checklist

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Thank You Flyer (give to teacher) Junior Journals (k-4 th grade only) Used by the teacher for follow-up activities with the children. Please remember to leave them with the teacher during your first lesson. Table Tents Get to know your students! Before the first visit, request a class roster from the teacher and prepare the name cards. Guide for Volunteers and Teachers A step-by-step guide for each program lesson. Each kit contains two guides. Please give the second guide to the teacher. Each kit contains all the materials that you need to successfully conduct your JA class… The JA Volunteer Program Kit

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Optional Pre/Post Test Use this before and after the series of activities to determine the level of student understanding. JA Banner To hang up during your JA Class Postcard Magnets (elementary programs only) Handed out at the end of the first lesson (JA in a Day magnets handed out at the end of the final lesson) Certificates of Achievement Handed out after completion of the last lesson. Be sure to ask your teacher for a class roster. Each kit contains all the materials that you need to successfully conduct your JA class……. The JA Volunteer Program Kit

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The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers No matter what grade you teach, The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers is laid out the same way. This is your step by step guide to teaching the JA lessons. The Master List of Materials A complete inventory for everything included in your kit. JA provides the volunteer with enough materials to teach 30-32 students. Next to the item name is a code (begins with the letter E, M or H). All the materials in the kit are coded in order to help the volunteer find them quickly. On most materials, the code can usually be found in the lower corner. The JA Volunteer Program Kit Tip : The only materials JA does not supply are items normally found in the classroom (e.g., crayons, paper, etc). Keep in mind, some schools may lack adequate school supplies for all children. Refer any questions to the classroom teacher!

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The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers No matter what grade you teach, The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers is laid out the same way. This is your step by step guide to teaching the JA lessons. The Lesson Plan The first page of a lesson plan is a complete overview of what the lesson will cover. Included on this page: Key Concepts Lesson Objectives Vocabulary Amount of time the lesson should take you to teach. Materials you will need for the lesson The JA Volunteer Program Kit Not sure which materials to use? You can reference the Master List of Materials for the appropriate code!

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The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers The Lesson: The detailed script guides volunteers through the activity and discussion. No matter what grade you teach, the lesson plans are structured similarly. Margin Notes (shaded areas) suggest alternative strategies and give recommended time guidelines. Introduction: All lessons start with a brief introduction where volunteers introduce themselves and the topic. Activity: Activities reinforce the concepts you are teaching the students. The majority of the lesson will be spent leading the students through activities. The JA Volunteer Program Kit

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The Guide for Volunteers and Teachers Summary and Review Before concluding the lessons, volunteers are encouraged to reemphasize objectives. The Lesson: The detailed script guides volunteers through the activity and discussion. No matter what grade you teach, the lesson plans are structured similarly. Junior Journal Follow-up These teacher-directed activities are designed to reinforce the concepts and skills presented in the activity. Activity Outline Volunteers may use this outline to personalize the activity while accomplishing its objectives. The JA Volunteer Program Kit JA scripts the lesson for the volunteer’s convenience, however, feel free to add your own personal touches to the lesson or modify activities to meet the needs of your classroom.

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Program Completion Upon Completion Of The JA Program… Immediately let JA know you have finished. Visit www.jacarolinas.org or contact your Program Manager directly. For a complete list of Program Managers by area, click here . Note: This is required of all JA volunteers. JA must have written verification that all activities have been completed. Please return the extra materials to the your local JA office. Please take a moment to provide JA with feedback about your JA experience. Loved your JA experience? Sign up for another JA class or recommend a friend! Volunteer resource page

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