The Village Project recognized from the outset that each of our partners is an equal member contributing to the wholeness of the project. To that end, the Village Project is designed to:
- Underscore the function institutions of higher education must undertake in helping to support K-12 public school partners.
- Focus on the importance of community and the role universities can play in bridging the gap between institutions of higher learning and entities such as the local public libraries.
- Involve the children’s public school teachers and parents as vital stakeholders in the tutoring process. Struggling students’ classroom teachers are included to ensure instructional congruence between the tutoring and the tutees’ classroom instruction.
- Offer supervising teachers a sense of trust, independence, and respect that encourages teachers to be creative in their lesson planning with university tutors, and to be student-centered in their lesson planning and delivery.