Hamline to Hamline Collaboration

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    The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is a partnership between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University. We are on neighboring campuses directly across Snelling Avenue from one another in St. Paul's Hamline Midway neighborhood. Students, staff, and faculty at Hamline University and Hamline Elementary have been crossing Snelling for years to participate in collaborative activities with one another, building meaningful and enriching relationships. You can learn more about the history and structure of the Collaboration here. With over 100 university tutors, mentors, faculty, and staff sharing our space every week, college is part of the everyday experience at Hamline Elementary. 

    What does the Collaboration look like on an average school day?

    University tutors assist teachers in the classroom by working with individual students and small groups and it's not uncommon to see multiple tutors during math and literacy blocks supporting learners at all levels. All tutors work closely with their assigned teachers and receive training through Hamline University and Reading Partners to provide high-quality and compassionate classroom support. And because of the amount of time they spend in the classroom, tutors have the chance to build positive relationships with students and become an important and valued part of the classroom and school community. 

    Hand in Hand is a volunteer mentoring program pairing Hamline University staff and students with Hamline Elementary students. University mentors meet with their elementary buddy once a week to hang out; you'll find them playing board games, sharing their favorite music, or talking about what's happening in their lives. Mentors and buddies participate in several special events on campus throughout the year designed to foster community and friendship. Some mentors and buddies forge strong bonds and remain paired for multiple years.

    The Collaboration works hard to develop pairings between Hamline University academic/athletic departments and elementary classrooms. Some examples of long-standing pairings including Kindergarten/Gymnastics and 5th grade/Mock Trial and recent pairings include 2nd grade/Biology, 1st grade/Theater, and 3rd Grade/Physics. The nature of the partnership with the university is such that new pairings are always possible; this flexibility creates incredible opportunities for unique learning experiences.

    Snelling Connection, a newspaper written by Hamline Elementary students under the guidance of University student editors, provides students the opportunity to learn the fine art of interviewing, researching, and writing. This weekly program is open to 4th and 5th graders.

    Math Connections is math enrichment program designed by Hamline University professors and taught by Hamline University students. The program is available to students in grades K-5 (split into K-2/3-5 sessions), and is designed to provide expanded math opportunities while instilling a love for the subject. 

    What special opportunities does the Collaboration provide?

    • Not many elementary schools can offer swim lessons but Hamline 4th & 5th graders have the opportunity to receive leveled instruction by YMCA-certified swim instructors during the school day using the Hamline University pool. 
    • Hamline's Extended-Day Learning program includes courses designed and taught by University faculty and students in the area of mathematics and environmental sustainability. 
    • Students attend literary, musical, theatrical, and cultural performances on the Hamline University campus and often host guest speakers and performers from the University in their own classrooms.
    • Every spring the Collaboration organizes a Hike/Field Day at Klas Field for students with the participation of several Hamline University athletic clubs and student groups.
    • Hamline Elementary "graduates" are eligible for a Hamline University scholarship. Learn more here.  

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