July 30, 2016

Extra tutoring helps low performing Dallas Independent School District school

Dade Middle School is one of seven campuses in the Dallas Independent School District offering extra tutoring and the results are impressive, drawing large numbers of students participating.  In this local news spotlight, we see students who welcome the extra help, the extra attention.  Nearly 200 students out of the 800 total are taking advantage of the extra help and the program is up and running at seven campuses, where school has become a more positive place to learn.

Click here to watch to FOX 4 television report.

The extra funding and emphasis on tutoring at these campuses are part of the Dallas Independent Imagine 2020 program, setting new goals for in-school tutoring, before-or-after-school extended optional tutoring for students, and mentors for high needs students.  Other support professionals include social workers, college and career readiness coordinators, student advocate coordinators, urban specialists and school psychologists.

For a brochure on the Imagine 2020 initiative, click here.


Filed under: Blog

June 30, 2016

Plans to close NJCU writing center anger students, staff

New Jersey City University is shutting down its Writing Center today after a ten-year run.  Back in 2014, administration was considering moving the English Department’s Writing Center and it’s roster of adjunct professors to the central campus Hub.  These professional tutors have been providing advanced level writing tutoring to graduate students and others.  At that time, space issues were an obstacle and no move was taken.

Fast forward to 2016, campus leaders switched gears altogether in order to cut costs and have decided to close down the Writing Center and provide campus-wide tutoring at the central Hub facility.  While the school newspaper reported that no full time staff would lost their jobs, that was not to be the case.  Crossroads of Learning spoke to the office manager and can report that she has been laid off.  All tutoring will now be provided by peer tutors, who are paid $12.00 per hour.  The NJCU adjunct professors were earning $26-$30 an hour for their writing tutoring services.

Click here for more.

Filed under: College,Peer-Tutoring

March 27, 2016

Why Finland has the best schools

What makes Finland schools to great? Let’s just say, it’s very VERY different from U.S. public schools!  A guest lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland enrolled his 7-year old son during their five month visit to Finland and what they found was very surprising.

According to his essay for the Los Angeles Times this week, William Doyle says there are no formal academics until age 7.  Children receive a mandatory 15-minute free-play break every hour of every day.  There is very little homework.  Teachers are highly educated, compensated and respected.  Most children get to walk or bike to school.  And here’s our favorite, “”Finland doesn’t waste time or money on low-quality mass standardized testing. Instead, children are assessed every day, through direct observation, check-ins and quizzes by the highest-quality “personalized learning device” ever created — flesh-and-blood teachers.”

To read more, click here.

Finnish school lunch.

Finnish school lunch.

Filed under: Blog

March 22, 2016

Treating tutoring as an art

Halina Goetz directs the Mathematics and Computer Science Clinic at Chapman University.  In her article for the Orange County Register, she explains that tutoring is an art requiring a special set of skills that go way beyond being a homework helper. “Homework should be treated only as a material or a tool used for teaching deductive thinking, how to learn, how to study and how to think analytically and critically.  Effective tutoring needs to be taught and needs to be learned.”

Goetz continues with “many people think that if one has knowledge of the subject matter to tutor, it makes him/her a tutor. It is far from the truth.  Tutoring is not easy. It requires a formal schooling on how to do it in a way that you are not enabling the student but you teach the student how to learn on his or her own.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Filed under: Blog

February 7, 2016

Horizon offers students extra tutoring before classes start

By Shannon Gilchrist, Hillard Northwest News, originally published 

Horizon fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Force helps Justin Flemming with his math during the school's Power Hour on Jan. 5. The before-school individualized reading and math instruction runs Mondays through Thursdays. Photo by Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch

Horizon fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Force helps Justin Flemming with his math during the school’s Power Hour on Jan. 5. The before-school individualized reading and math instruction runs Mondays through Thursdays. Photo by Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch

Hilliard teacher Tami Remington wrote on a strip of paper: “I like to play with my friends.”

As Remington cut apart the words, Horizon Elementary first-graders Megan Taylor and Kamree Boulware read them aloud. Their teacher then jumbled the scraps on the desk. The two girls worked together to reassemble the sentence, giggling as they went.

This all happened Tuesday, Jan. 5, before the sun rose, before the school-zone lights began flashing out on Renner Road, before their classmates showed up for the day.

Hilliard’s Horizon Elementary School calls it the Power Hour: before-school individualized reading and math instruction Monday through Thursday for students who can use the extra help. Many are in small groups, while a few get one-on-one attention. Of the students invited to participate, about 95 percent accepted, said Holly Meister, coordinator of the Power Hour.

School buses pick up about 50 students and bring them to Horizon at 7:30 a.m., more than an hour before school starts. The children learn for an hour from their classroom teachers, and then the school feeds them breakfast. The program, including transportation, is funded through a U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Learning grant. This is the second year of the $200,000, three-year grant. It helps schools to expand academics beyond regular school hours for students and their families, and to give the youngsters enrichment opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.

To read more click here.

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,K-8

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