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Good Afternoon,
As I write this, I am hoping you peruse the following business proposal with the same interest in our future as I have. As an experienced educator who has the privilege of working with many wonderful students in under-served communities, I am proud to introduce The Genius Squad. I, along with several colleagues are working passionately to bring this business to fruition. For those of you who are interested in learning more, I implore you to either email me or contact me at 336-912-1959. Thank you in advance and have a great weekend.
Debbie Glymph
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The Genius Squad
Mrs. Deborah Glymph  M Ed.
Founding Director
Connect, Create, Excel!

Founding Members
Deborah Glymph-Executive Director
Courtney Glymph-Global Communications- Public Relations
Cherise Glymph- Mentor Leader/Consultant
James Chandler-Artistic Director
Mission Statement- The Genius Squad is a service learning model which encourages peer student initiative and innovation to create positive outcomes of both individual and collaborative academic success. Entrepreneurial training and preparation are highlighted as well. It is a concrete example of project-based learning in real-time which challenges students of all ages to be an integral part of something larger than themselves. The Genius Squad is, above all, a business model designed to implement deep thinking skill sets for the specific purpose of problem-solving with the seamless integration of digital technological strategies.
Objectives-Benefits of a Service Learning Model
Peer Student Mentoring- “Created by Students-Success by Design”
Implementation of real-world 21st century education
Students are encouraged to be both role models and stakeholders in the mentoring/tutoring process
Individualized Design Experience-Customized “Mind Map” for clients
Student success both short-term and long-term
Creation of networking opportunities
Critical thinking skill sets-Deep problem-solving opportunities
Cross-cultural/ Diversity Appreciation
Entrepreneurial Exposure
Self-Directed Motivation in the learning process
Student-Driven Collaborative Efforts
Deliberately inclusive
Opportunities to learn and implement digital technologies for student use and
Girls and Minorities Learn to CODE!
“A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats”- John F. Kennedy
Introduction: Recently I visited an Apple store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Although it was nearly 5:00 PM and dusk was quickly approaching on a quiet Saturday afternoon, the store buzzed with activity. While I was not surprised at the collective and ubiquitous intrigue surrounding the newest technology, I was struck by the nature of what should be glaringly distinct demographics- but there were none to speak of. There were, instead, young and comfortable digital natives, woven through older digital immigrants of every shade and economic stature. And therein lies the point-the diversity of the 21st century was celebrated, even enhanced about the prospect of information accumulation. In essence, everyone wanted be the “genius” in the room. How obvious it was- collaborative and creative dialogue, free-flowing assistance and self-directed learning, leadership tempered by groups of, dare I say, teams of creative genius. As I strolled throughout the store I overheard “problems introduced and assessed, inquiry driving exploration and discovery, and humans of all ages were engaged and passionate.” [1] Everyone was becoming ‘empowered’ on some level. And then it hit me-as an educator I realized that I was observing the true promise of what could have been the 21st century classroom at its best. Why is it so hard to recreate that same model behind the academic walls?
It isn’t hard. With that same model and spirit of the Apple Genius Bar in mind, I introduce the Genius Squad. The Genius Squad is a socio-educational program designed by students and implemented by students to address the challenges faced by students as they seek to attain the first stepping stone down the path to a successful career and a fulfilled life-a high school diploma. Students helping students.  A network of genius. Teacher-facilitators, administrative support, community sponsorship-these are the peripherals; the wonders at the sidelines. At the center of the universe, however, are the student-created opportunities which will transform our children into innovative and eager global citizens.
Below I have attempted to list, based primarily on student feedback, the concerns that should be addressed in order to achieve better short and long-term successes. In addition, I have created a comprehensive list of the benefits to be derived by the implementation of the Genius Squad program.
For a program such as this to succeed all stakeholders must seek to find their niche in the running of this organization. However, it cannot be understated that the success of this program is the education of its predominant stakeholders, our students.
Premise: What are the challenges many 21st century schools face?
Large School Population-“Lost in Space” mindset
Large student-teacher ratio
Budgetary concerns
Gaps in student achievement
                                       Community                                Community
School                               Client                          Peer Support Specialist                              School 
                                         Parent                                           Parent
Stakeholder Highlights
Peer Support Specialist Requirements:
Grade “B” or higher in chosen subject area
Two character/academic references
Extra-curricular activities
Commitment to minimum hours
Code of Conduct/Standards-Confidentiality Agreement
Ongoing maintenance of client lessons, notes, timesheet, etc.
Two punitive referrals-MAXIMUM
Application- Interview process
Ongoing involvement in program refinement and expansion
Additional considerations
Creative and positive use of approved technologies
Client evaluation-proven results?
Creation of customized client plan
Initial consultation/analysis-GOALS, EXPECTATIONS, OUTCOMES
The MIND MAP-Note book Contents-To Be Personalized
Bio-Contact sheet-Photo
Plans-Student lesson plans
Examples of students’ work
Code of Conduct
Websites-Apps List
Additional Items
PSS “Perks”
Certificate of Membership/Completion
Letter(s) of recommendation
End-Of-Year Recognition (Seniors)
Community Service requirement for college requirements IN-HOUSE
Scholarship Consideration
Leadership experiences
Expands critical thinking strategies
Leverage of student creative/academic “genius”
Introduction to Entrepreneurial skill sets
Client Requirements
Commitment to minimum hours
Code of Conduct/Standards adherence
Parental Involvement-feedback
Commitment to goals, expectations, outcomes
Notebook maintenance
Subject teacher of record notification and feedback
Client Perks
Self-motivated learning
Ability to be engaged and passionate regarding self-discovery
Empowers student input
Trust in and recognition of long and short-term achievements
Assistance with homework, research projects, class assignments, subject tests and quizzes
Encouragement of cross-cultural/diversity experiences
Certificate of Membership/Completion
Opportunity to become PSS
Pride in goal completion
Letters of recommendation?
Personalized coursework in digital coding—STEAM
Community Service requirement by colleges satisfied

Teacher/Facilitator Responsibilities
Moderator of client/PSS relationship
Ongoing observation of relationship progress
Availability to answer questions
Provide continuous feedback
Participation in assessment of program –Measurement/analysis of student data


General Information[2]  “Brain Central”
Genius Squad room setup
Client sign-in
Use of 2-4 computers?
Decorated exclusively by students
Preference –Client cannot be “pal”
Initial Progam-10 Clients -10 PSS
Two Math
Two Science
Two English
Two Social Studies
Miscellaneous Courses
Website- (Name of High School) Link –Student created
App creation
Logo-T-Shirt-Possible Art Contest
Materials Needed
Note pads
Scheduling pads
Post-it Notes whiteboards
Internet Access
Printer cartridges
Computer paper
Notebook paper
Additional Office Supplies
Business Cards-PSS


Program modeled after the following articles:
A Class Full of Geniuses by Andrew Marcinek   February 2015
 Journey to the Student-Centered Makerspace, by Abbey Waldron   January 2015
“Service Learning” Models

[1] “A Class Full of Geniuses” by Andrew Marcinek February 2015
[2] Journey to the Student-Centered Makerspace, by Abbey Waldron   January 2015
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