Does my kid have to show up to every lesson?
Yes. The reason our sessions are 2-3x a week for a month is because our mission is to give kids a space to connect and make friends, which requires consistent time. If you are not able to commit to this, join just the program-wide activities!
Can my kid sign up for multiple classes?
This depends on overall demand and popularity of the classes they’re interested in. We will leave space on the sign-up form for your kid to indicate how many classes they would like to enroll in, and we will schedule them based on their preferences and what we can offer.
Do the lesson build on themselves every week?
Yes! Instructors will form stronger relationships with your students every week. Baseline understanding of subjects and topics will be established in the first week of class, and students' understanding will be expanded throughout the weeks.
My student struggles to stay focused online.
What is Connect-in-Place doing about this?
All Connect-in-Place instructors will be encouraging students to talk and participate in class. Instructors will also be using active learning methods like icebreakers, breakout rooms, polls, and games! Our priority is for classes to be fun and engaging for students. If students have feedback on how instructors can improve their classes, they can reach out directly to their instructors, or leave feedback on their instructors' anonymous form.
How do you screen your instructors?
Every instructor at Connect-in-Place has been thoroughly vetted and has undergone an extensive application, interview, and training process. In fact, each instructor was asked to teach something in their interview! The instructors at Connect-in-Place were hand-picked based on the following criteria: demonstrated expertise in their area, passion for supporting students, technological expertise, and situational awareness.
All Connect-In-Place instructors are college students or recent graduates of UC Berkeley or other accredited universities. We recruited through reputable clubs within these universities as well as thorough word-of-mouth with personal connections. No instructor is a stranger. All instructors have prior experience mentoring and/or educating kids.
What measures have you implemented to
prevent Zoom bombing?
We have implemented a Waiting Room. When kids click on the Zoom link, they will be notified that they are in the Waiting Room. Instructors will then manually add attendees to join the meeting, no one is automatically admitted. Instructors will have a list of student names and only admit individuals who are on their list of students.
How much does each class cost?
Classes are free, with a suggested donation of $10 per week. 100% of donations go towards buying laptops and internet connections for students in need. If you are interested in donating, you can do so below:
What sort of program-wide activities are you planning?
We are planning on game nights, movie nights, career panels, guest speakers, a talent show, contests, and more! See our events tab for past events and make sure to follow our social media and join our email list to be notified of upcoming events.
I am super excited about this effort! How can I help out?
Outreach: We want to expand our program to reach as many students affected by COVID-19 as possible. Please continue sharing our information and flyer with parents, students, and schools. Also, please post us on your local facebook groups and school newsletters!
Professionals: If you have any experience working in the fields of accounting, business, law, or are skilled in scaling nonprofits, please contact us!
Be a Guest Speaker: We would also love to have some professionals as guest speakers for our career panel, so please reach out if you’re interested!
Corporate Sponsorship: If your organization is interested in sponsoring Connect-in-place or supporting us in other ways, please reach out to us!
Donate: We are raising money to provide laptops, hotspots, or other digital infrastructure to low-income students, to increase accessibility of online learning. 100% of donations will go towards this cause!
Will classes be separated out by age groups?
Yes. We will have separate classes offered to middle schoolers and high schoolers. This will be reflected in the class schedule.
What days and times will classes be offered?
Classes are offered every week day and on weekends. During the week, most of our classes are offered after school hours in Pacific Standard Time (PST), however some are offered at other times, as we have instructors and students from all over the world.
How did Connect-in-Place Start?
Danielle and Saumya are close friends who met on the first day of Berkeley-Haas Orientation (Haas is the business school at UC Berkeley). They are both deeply committed to supporting social causes, and are passionate about supporting educational ventures. Both Danielle and Saumya have experience in education, startups, and social enterprise. When UC Berkeley closed campus and classes moved online as a result of COVID-19, they recognized how socially isolating this pandemic is for students. They were motivated to find solutions, and so, in May 2020 Connect-in-Place was born!