Community Education Fellows (CEF) Program Supports Elementary & Middle School Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

This fall quarter saw the piloting of the Community Education Fellows (CEF) program. The CEF is led by doctoral candidate Yenda Prado,CalTeach Co-Director Doron Zinger and doctoral candidate Taffeta Woods and supported by Dr. June Ahn and OCEAN. The CEF program developed and implemented professional development for UCI undergraduate students to provide small group virtual learning support to high-need families across OCEAN partner organizations.

UCI undergraduates can participate in the program as Community Education Fellows via enrollment in ED199 Independent Practicum or Field Study options through their respective departments or programs. This quarter, the program supported 12 undergraduate Community Education Fellows in the provision of remote learning support to approximately 160 elementary and middle school students across OCEAN partner schools and organizations Breakthrough SJC, El Sol Academy, and TLC Charter School.

UCI undergraduates provide support to elementary and middle school students in 1:1, small group, and whole class settings under the supervision of UCI Community Education Program staff in coordination with OCEAN partner organizations. Recently the CEF Program received the UCI Parent Executive Board grant for $10,000 to support the continuation of this meaningful work.

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