A Yancy Life has provided High Impact Tutorials, academic and enrichment programs for low- performing schools and students for ten years, since incorporating as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2003. We focus on community learning centers and in-school programs that provide academic and educational enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing schools in the Houston Independent School District.
A Yancy Life brings an innovative blended math, science, and reading assistance program that combines classroom instruction with computer-aided learning. Study Island, a Web-based standards mastery program, is the basis of Yancy's instruction in English/Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science. While each student is given log in credentials, and Study Island is, in itself, a full on-line instructional program for individual learning, student use of Study Island is limited during daily instruction. Instead, Yancy staff uses Study Island lessons and assessments for the basis of their primary mode of instruction -- rich face-to-face 1:1 and small group instruction. The Texas version of Study Island is aligned to the standards in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Subjects targeted for this program are the Reading strand of English and Language Arts, Science and Mathematics, for grades 1-12. In its instruction for pre-kindergarten level, Yancy will focus primarily on the Emergent Literacy (Reading) and Mathematics skill domains, from the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines.
A Parent Involvement Specialist will serve a group of five schools, working closely with other parent initiatives within the school to focus on involving parents of this program's participants in the academic success of their children. If the school already has a Title I Parent Involvement Specialist, the Yancy staff will work closely with that person to ensure that the parents of participants are involved with the programming for them. He/She will conduct the program's parent workshops and serve as a resource for other parent involvement within the school.