How the EYEJ curriculum is comprised – by the Curriculum Team

The EYEJ Curriculum Committee was formed with the understanding that through collaboration with the EYEJ staff, the EYEJ Social Justice and the Impact Committees, the Curriculum Committee would facilitate the […]

September 5, 2017 // EYEJ // No Comments // Posted in Blog

The EYEJ Curriculum Committee was formed with the understanding that through collaboration with the EYEJ staff, the EYEJ Social Justice and the Impact Committees, the Curriculum Committee would facilitate the creation of the curriculum for EYEJ. This new and improved curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year will provide more cohesion and depth; designed to grow as the students’ progress in their academic careers while being relevant to the immediate environment of our students.

How do the topics for the Discussion Series get formulated?

Curriculum is the backbone of the EYEJ Discussion Series. Without the help of the vast experiences of the different Curriculum Committee team members, the knowledge and experiences shared with the EYEJ team and the help and support of our volunteer speakers, EYEJ’s Discussion Series would not exist. The process in which curriculum topics and ideas are generated is extensive and all inclusive. The ideas for curriculum topics are derived from various sources including current events, ideas generated from the youth, board working experience and from our community partners, to name a few. The Curriculum Committee convenes to review and discuss each topic idea presented while reviewing EYEJ’s data, and feedback from our students, teachers and volunteer speakers and coordinators along with experience shared from the EYEJ team. From these ideas, the Curriculum Team creates a list of 8 to 10 topics for the upcoming academic school year. Each of the topics are put through a series of questions and analyzed to determine their appropriateness. The finalized topics are then presented to the Board of Directors for final approval. The topics are then set for the academic school year with the flexibility to alter or change topics based on current events and other external factors. Furthermore all Discussion Series events are based on an EYEJ logic model and focused on increasing social/emotional learning.

NEW 2017-2018 Curriculum Topic Schedule

We are excited to announce the curriculum for the school year 2017 to 2018.

  • September: Stress & Triggers: “Stress and Its Impact
  • October (based on school):
    • Coping  Strategies: “Don’t Give Up on Your Power to Anger” or
    • “Gender Equality” or
    • “Conflict Resolution”
  • November: Healthy Eating & Body Image: “You Are What You Eat” with the Metro Health System
  • December: Exploring Money
  • January: Exploring Technology: “Technology for Your Future”
  • February: Entrepreneurship & College/Trade School: “Investment in Yourself and Your Future”
  • March: “Exploring Civil Rights” with Cleveland State University Black Alumni Association, Lisa Gaynier and Cleveland State University
  • April: Exploring Community Relationships: “Understanding Each Other in Your Community”- partnered with law enforcement, the Cleveland Police, the DEA, US Marshals, and more.
  • May:  Reflection Event: A Partnership with Cleveland School of Art

Please note topic order or schedule is subject to change.

Did you know?

Each of our speaker and coordinator volunteers get’s training, a speaker guide pertaining to the topic above and each speaker get’s a partner.  Each Discussion Series event pertains to one topic listed above and includes a mindfulness exercise, introduction from the speakers, discussion, activities and reflection.  NEW this year, EYEJ has partnered with the Cleveland Institute of Art for a May Reflection event in partnering with each school that we serve, where the students will partner with a student from CIA and the EYEJ team to create a piece of art reflective of what they learned for the school year.  They will then present this piece of artwork at a community event for their parents, teachers and the community explaining what they made and what positive change recommendation they would like to see.  Along with this, one student from each school will be presented with the June Antoine Social Justice Warrior Award.

How can you help?

To experience and find out more and to have these powerful discussions with our youth, please consider volunteering for our Discussion Series where we discuss these topics listed above.  Simply sign up here.

The EYEJ Curriculum Team:

Ben Wenger – EYEJ Board Director, Director of the Transitional Living and Independent Living Programs at Bellfaire JCB

Gloria Sturghill – EYEJ Board Director, Accounts Payable at Northern Stamping Company

Janet Wilkens – Retired Cleveland Metropolitan School Teacher

Katie Nelson – Teacher in Lake County