I am an AmeriCorps VISTA member that is stationed at an elementary school. My job description/goals is to recruit 20 volunteers who will commit to at least 20 hours of volunteer service over the course of the school year. I am also suppose to do parent involvement activities. I was at this school last year and in order to keep me the school had to pay a portion of my benefits. Since I did parent involvement activities, they were able to use Title 1- parent involvement funds to pay. So, naturally the school wants to me to do lots of parent involvement activities.
Here is the problem though. My supervisor who works at the nonprofit that received the grant and placed me at the school wants me to concentrate on getting 20 volunteers into a type of program that will focus on increasing student's academics. She wants me to target certain students based on their MAPS testing. Last year, I had a reading program and I recruited college students, community people, etc. I only had one come on a consistent basis. Our school is in a very rural area and it is not convenient for people to come visit on their lunch breaks. The teachers only want certain parents in the classrooms to help with academic things. They are welcome to help with admin support type projects (making copies, chaperoning field trips, etc). So, I focused on parent involvement activities that would educate the parents so that they can help their child at home. For some reason, this is not good enough for my supervisor but my principal loves what I am doing.
Now for my question. What type of program can I do that will help increase student's scores who are academically struggling?