The Aequora program is a K-8 curriculum focusing on literacy education via Latin. Led by independent site coordinators, Aequora has expanded to over 40 sites in 16 states. Through the Aequora program, students gain access to English Language Arts skills and develop strategies for vocabulary, reading comprehension, and spelling, all while playing games and having fun with peers.
To start a new Aequora site, the key is to create a partnership between your Latin class and a local K-8 school or community center that can host the program. Chances are that you or your teachers already have a local library, school, or community center in mind. Registering your site with us is very easy: you can do so by sending us an email with some details about yourself and where you plan to start your site. We will then provide the full curriculum (textbook, teacher's manual, and other resources) along with any training or assistance that you and your team of volunteers might need.
The program runs year-round and is based on weekly sessions taught by volunteers at the local partner school or center, typically during after-school hours. While schedules are flexible, we recommend holding weekly 45-minute sessions, 14-15 weeks per semester. The process of setting up a new site tends to be very smooth if coordinators and volunteers already have connections with local schools or community centers on the ground. Talk to your teachers about Aequora!
Once you have your Aequora site in place, running the program is mostly a matter of defining a schedule, organizing volunteer logistics, and making sure that all students and instructors have a copy of the curriculum. The textbook is very flexible and can be readily integrated with other resources. You can look at a sample of the textbook here.
Please contact us and visit our Aequora FAQ page if you have any questions. You can also read about the experiences of Aequora volunteers who started new sites on our online magazine. We look forward to working together to expand access to Latin!