At the present time, teachers and/or schools can apply to receive three basic types of education-based donations from The Helps Education Fund. All applications will be considered by the Donations Committee of The Helps Education Fund, but priority will be given to applicants who work with large percentages of economically disadvantaged students and/or a large percentage of students who do not meet state or regional standard in reading. For example, priority will be given to applicants who work in schools with at least 70% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. As described in the application, documentation is needed to verify the percentage of students in a given school who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
The three basic types of donations currently offered by The Helps Education Fund are described below. Schools and teachers can apply for one or more of the below educational donations.
1. Materials needed to implement the HELPS Program
Material donations provide teachers with the complete set of supplies and instructional materials needed to implement the HELPS Program. This material donation includes at least one copy of the pre-assembled Teacher's Manual, book of teacher passages, and book of student passages. Donated supplies might also include at least one stopwatch, student folders, dry-erase markers, etc.
This donation is designed to reduce the costs associated with purchasing materials needed for HELPS implementation (e.g., 3-ring binders, page protectors, stopwatches) and printing the HELPS Program Teacher's Manual and HELPS Curriculum from the downloadable files located on this website.
2. On-site training and consultation to assist groups of teachers in learning how to implement the HELPS Program
To assist schools or districts with starting (or improving) HELPS implementation, schools can receive free on-site training and consultation by a Certified HELPS Program Trainer. Training typically consists of at least 4-7 hours of HELPS Workshops. Consultation typically consists of 1-2 hours of meetings between the Certified HELPS Trainer and key teachers who lead the school/district with HELPS implementation.
Although teachers can learn to implement the HELPS Program from the free-access materials located on this website, on-site training may facilitate more accurate and structured implementation efforts, and it may increase the likelihood of more teachers within a given school implementing HELPS. Consultative services are provided to help teachers manage HELPS implementation aspects, such as feasible integration of HELPS as part of a core reading curriculum, systematic training to ensure accurate implementation across teachers, and use of HELPS as part of the school's instructional delivery system (including integration of HELPS within a RTI model, as applicable).
3. On-site consultation and workshops to assist schools with using evidence-based instruction and/or quality assessment procedures in reading, math, or writing
Many schools and districts have large percentages of students with academic difficulties because of school-wide barriers such as (a) an ineffective model of identifying students with academic difficulties, (b) an ineffective core curriculum in reading, and/or (c) a strong need for staff development in areas such as reading assessment and instruction.
Although the HELPS Program targets one very important component of early reading instruction (i.e., fluency), it is recognized that HELPS may not help to meaningfully improve students' reading skills if students are not also receiving a quality core reading curriculum. Furthermore, it is recognized that students with reading difficulties are unlikely to catch up to their peers unless teachers are using frequent and valid assessments of reading ability (e.g., curriculum-based measures of reading). The same is also true of schools that struggle to assist students in math and writing.
For these reasons, The Helps Education Fund offers schools and districts consultation and workshops to address the key areas mentioned above, in reading, math, or in writing. Consultation and workshops are provided by educational professionals with considerable expertise in academic instruction, assessment, and school-wide consultation, and consultation usually centers on how to successfully use a flexible and efficient model of academic support—such as the model described in a recent guidebook for educators. The amount of consultation and time needed for professional development workshops will vary depending on each school's specific needs.
To apply for any of the above education-based donations, click the button below to download the free application.