What's the School Turnaround Initiative?

In the spring of 2013, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education released a request for proposals for AmeriCorps School Turnaround funding. Springfield College partnered with the Springfield Public Schools to create a targeted and comprehensive proposal and was awarded a School Turnaround grant, allowing expansion of AmeriCorps services to the highest-need public schools in Springfield.

What's a student support specialist? 

Within the School Turnaround Initiative, AmeriCorps members can become student support specialists, who serve Springfield Public School (K-12) students by providing:

  • School counseling
  • Academic coaching and support
  • Social-emotional reinforcement
  • Direct interventions
  • Identification of risk factors that lead to dropping out

As a student support specialist, you'll support each school’s turnaround plan by serving as a caring adult advocate, mentor, coach, and counselor for students struggling with attendance, academics, and social-emotional issues. And, if there is a particular school or grade level you are interested in serving in, please let us know during your interview and we will do our best to place you at a site that suits your interests.

Part-time positions are available.


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