So, you want to start an Aequora site. That's great news! Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!) that can help you set up your new site.
Please feel free to contact us at any time.
1) How does the program work?
Aequora is entirely based on our Teaching Literacy with Latin curriculum, taught in weekly sessions by volunteers at local partner schools or community centers during after-school hours. The curriculum includes a textbook, a teacher's manual, and a game appendix. The textbook includes 11 units, each of which consists of three lessons: see here for a sample.
2) How do I start an Aequora site?
The key is to find a local K-8 school or community center that can host the program. It all works very smoothly if you already know a school or community center in your area that might be interested, or if your institution has an outreach and service-learning center that can provide assistance. If not, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!
3) How long is the typical session and where does it take place?
Aequora classes are generally 45-60 minutes long and meet once a week. Partner schools or community centers generally provide a space, such as a classroom or a library, in which Aequora sessions are held.
4) Does the program run year-round?
It does in most cases, but a new Aequora site can be started at any time (see below).
5) How many students do we need for a 15 week program?
There is no requirement on the number of students, but Aequora classes typically have 15-20 students each.
6) How many volunteers do we need?
There is no requirement on the number of volunteers, but Aequora classes typically have 3-5 volunteers each.
7) Is there an age requirement for students?
No, there is no age requirement. In the past, Aequora has been successful with students as young as 3rd grade and as old as 9th grade.
8) Is there an age requirement for volunteers?
Short answer, no. Generally speaking, though, Aequora volunteers are students enrolled in high school or college. Graduate students have acted as volunteers and coordinators, too.
9) Does it have to be the same student volunteers each week, or can there be a group of several volunteers who rotate in based on availability?
Volunteer logistics are very flexible. Typically, there is a group of student instructors who divide up duties and rotate in based on availability.
10) Can we start in the spring semester?
Yes, absolutely! A new site can be started at any time during the school year.
11) What are the costs to the school or district to set up the site?
The program is entirely free!
12) Will the program be on-going year to year? If so, would we have to reapply each year?
The program runs on an on-going basis, and we proceed on the assumption that you'll already be all set with training, etc. going forward, so there is no need to reapply (though we do offer further assistance whenever needed).
13) Does Paideia offer teacher support and training?
Yes. Teacher training based on our curriculum is available upon request. Training sessions typically take the form of webinars with our curriculum designer.
14) I'm still confused. How does all this actually work?