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4-H boosting school success

Author: Jane Moorman

Moorman, Jane. “4-H Boosting School Success.” Albuquerque Journal, www.abqjournal.com/1290425/4h-boosting-school-success-ex-new-program-is-helping-students-to-learn-experientially.html?utm_source=Solutions%2BStory%2BTracker.

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Albuquerque Public Schools principals are turning to the 4-H Youth Development program to spark success. Eight schools are implementing programs to help students.

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2020 Abraham Gaucin (Dec 14 2019 1:32AM) : 4-H youth development more

Albuquerque are turning to 4-H youth development to build successful students.

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Collet Park Elementary School principal Stephani Treadwell was looking for a way to provide experiential learning opportunities for her school’s students when she contacted New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ 4-H Youth Development program in Bernalillo County. bright spot

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2020 Abraham Gaucin (Dec 14 2019 1:34AM) : Why 4-H is being used. [Edited] more
Experiential learning opportunities for students
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The first-in-the-nation “4-H in the School” program is helping improve performance.

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2020 Abraham Gaucin (Dec 14 2019 1:44AM) : Collet Park Elementary school principle Stephani Treadwell quote
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The result has been a decrease in behavioral issues, increase in attendance, improvement in student subject proficiency and rise in school-wide scores.

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2020 Abraham Gaucin (Dec 14 2019 1:45AM) : Results of 4-H
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“Our students were not retaining information they had been proficient in the prior week,” Treadwell said. “We realized that new information is retained when it is connected to knowledge … gained through an experience. The majority of our students live in poverty and have not had a wide variety of experiences to link classroom learning to.”

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When Treadwell did an internet search on experience and learning, the first item listed was 4-H and experimental learning.

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The educational administrator contacted NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service office in Albuquerque and a successful collaboration began.

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Brittany Sonntag and Nicole Jacobs, 4-H agents, helped Treadwell develop a plan to integrate a 4-H curriculum into her school.

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“We believe Collet Park Elementary is the first school in the nation to implement the 4-H club model and curriculum during the school day,” Sonntag said. “The results are amazing.”

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“We dove into the 4-H curriculum and we love it,” Treadwell said. “We implemented school-wide 4-H clubs in 2016, with … teachers using subject kits in their class curriculum the following year.”

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Each Friday afternoon, during the last hour of the school week, students attend 4-H clubs they chose featuring a variety of projects ranging from art, woodworking and crafts to weaving, knitting, cooking and gardening.

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“The classroom teachers are the project leader. They have picked a subject they enjoy and want to share with the students,” Treadwell said. “Each club has officers, and they begin each Friday with the 4-H Pledge and business meeting, then work on the project activity.”

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Besides hands-on projects, the students are learning to be responsible for their homework assignments.

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“The students have to complete all of their homework for the week before they can participate in the 4-H Club activities,” Treadwell said. “So, sometimes you will see a student in the back of the classroom working diligently to get their assignments done.”

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The teachers are seeing the benefit of the program during regular class activities.

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“The kids are experiencing things, then thinking about what it is that they have experienced and how they have grown through the process by … analyzing the activity,” said Nancy Zulic, fourth grade teacher. “They are also becoming more verbal. They are able to talk about what they are learning. I think it has improved their overall performance as students and problem solvers.”

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Presli Binkly and Kjiersten Bell watch as volunteer Gudrun Maunter demonstrates how to load a weaving shuttle during a 4-H club meeting. Since implementing the 4-H in the school program there has been a decrease in behavioral issues, increase in school attendance, improvement in student subject proficiency and increase in school-wide scores.

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2020 Abraham Gaucin (Dec 14 2019 2:01AM) : More results of the program.

Collet Park Elementary School third-grader Gavin Bendall is learning to weave during one of the school’s Friday afternoon 4-H clubs. Every student at the PreK-5 school attends a 4-H club if they have completed all of their homework for the week.

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4-H program in Albuquerque elementary school turning school’s grade around

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DMU Timestamp: November 27, 2019 01:26

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