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90 Co-Curricular Learning Experiences/Grade Level

30 Weeks - 5 Hours/Week - Stipend $3,800


The 60 high school pearls (15 per grade level) in the PWP chapter at your school are competing in grade level challenges to become college-bound, because a college degree is the best pathway out of poverty.

Learning experiences are independent, unsupervised, self-directed 1-hour learning activities. There are 3 experiences each week. Each produces a knowledge gained document. Descriptions are found in the pearl handbook. A computer is required. There are weekly prizes and awards.


Teacher Advisory Council (TAC)

Five high school teachers who have received a principal recommendation form a Teacher Advisory Council. Four teachers are designated as grade level advisors. One is selected as the chairperson. 

1. Chair: Plans and conducts monthly meetings 

2. Technical Support Administrator: Resolves computer hardware and software issues as needed. 

3. Secretary/Profiles Administrator: Maintains minutes and records of all meetings and assists pearls with online profiles as needed.  

4. Treasurer: Collects dues and manages the chapter bank account, pays budgeted expenses, reports fees collected from sponsors.

5. Budget Director: Creates, submits, and revises chapter expense budget as needed.  


Chapter Membership

The model chapter consists of 15 pearls at each of 4 high school grade levels. Points received at each grade level accumulate toward PWP scholarship eligibility at the start of the senior year.  Learn More

Training and Certification

Each teacher advisor must complete six 1-hour pre-scheduled tele-session training modules to receive  certification as a PWP teacher advisor.  

Module 1: Teacher Advisory Council Overview

Module 2: Pearl Interviews, Assessment and Rating System

Module 3: Adult Support and Sponsorships

Module 4: Challenges and Learning Experiences

Module 5: Plan, Events and Awards

Module 6: Chapter Scholarship Fund



Weekly Guest Advisors

Each week any pearl is free to invite any teacher who is a member of that chapter to be his or her weekly learning experience advisor for the 1, 2 or 3 learning experiences selected by that pearl for that week. This guest advisor assists the pearl as needed with the execution and completion of these learning experiences. 



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