January 25, 2014

David Cameron: my old Oxford University tutor is still telling me how to run the country

By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, originally published 12/3/2013

Vernon Bogdanor, the Prime Minister's former politics tutor at Oxford University Photo: Rob Judges

Vernon Bogdanor, the Prime Minister’s former politics tutor at Oxford University, emails him critiques of how he is doing as Prime Minister. David Cameron’s former university tutor is offering him private tips on how to run the country, it has emerged. Mr Cameron disclosed that Vernon Bogdanor, his former politics tutor at Oxford University, is emailing him critiques of how he is doing as Prime Minister.

Taking part in a question and answer session in a PM Direct event at Shanghai University, he told the students that he “had three very happy years at Oxford”. He said: “I was very lucky to be taught by brilliant teachers, a politics tutor called Vernon Bogdanor who even though I left 25 years ago still sends me emails criticising my work.” Mr Cameron continued: “He sometimes says I have done something well but he often sends me emails the other way.”

Professor Bogdanor is a reported Liberal Democrat supporter, and used to be professor of government at Oxford University. He is now aresearch professor at King’s College London.

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Filed under: Leadership

December 24, 2013

EPASA tutoring goes beyond the classroom

By Minkee Sohn, The Stanford Daily, originally published 10/14/23

Courtesy of Dominique Mikell.

The East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (EPASA), a long-standing organization of the Haas Center’s Education Partnerships program, has undergone significant changes since its inception in 1986 with new offerings in store. Over the past 27 years, EPASA has been pairing Stanford tutors with seventh and eighth-grade students from the Ravenswood City School District to provide weekly tutoring in topics such as math and writing for one to two years.

EPASA Director Theresa Metz said that beyond the academic tutoring, the program fosters more personal relationships with the middle-schoolers and their families. Aiming to maximize the students’ education, the program has also established working relationships with the principals and teachers of the schools the children attend. These key relationships build the strong “sense of connectedness and community” that Metz sees as a unique quality for the program.

Amika Guillaume, principal of Cesar Chavez & Green Oaks Academy appreciates Stanford’s dedication to the local schools. “[Workers at EPASA] invest in our students over time,” she said. “We value their partnership.”

During a tutor orientation on Oct. 6, administrators from the Haas Center discussed the objectives of EPASA with tutors volunteering for the program. EPASA aims to strengthen its focus on community connectedness by developing a greater degree of commitment on the part of Stanford tutors and better communicate what the program’s needs are to those involved. Co Tran ’17, a freshman tutor for EPASA, said that she was involved because seventh grade was rather a pivotal year for her, especially because she felt people took interest in her academic career. She added that EPASA middle-schoolers are at a time in their lives during which they decide the kind of person they are going to be.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,K-8,Leadership

August 3, 2011

Study Buddy paying off for teen tutor entrepreneur

by Colleen Toms, originally published in the Brant News on 6/2/11

An entrepreneurial spirit is paying off for 15-year-old Danielle Tuori. Armed with a business plan and bolstered by a generous helping of motivation, the Brantford teen applied for one of four local spots in the Ministry of Economic Development administered Summer Company program through the Brantford-Brant Resource Enterprise Centre (BRC). “I heard about the BRC program through Brant News and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to find out how to run my own business,” Tuori said.

The Summer Company helps students between the ages of 15 to 29 hone their business skills and earn money over the summer with a $1,500 start-up grant. Another $1,500 is awarded to participants if they complete the program to ministry standards.  Tuori, a Grade 10 student with an average of 95.75, developed a business plan to operate Study Buddy, a tutoring program for students up to Grade 10. “I had to create an in-depth business plan that included everything advertising-wise to why my company would be more beneficial than other tutoring businesses,” Tuori said.

When Tuori learned in mid-May that she was accepted in the program, she wasted no time putting her plan into action and officially opened Study Buddy Tutoring. “I’ve been advertising and putting posters and flyers everywhere to get the name out there,” she said. “I got right to work. I’m a very organized person.” Tuori said her business plan was developed from a love of learning and an enjoyment of helping other kids. Teachers often ask her to assist other students in class.

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Filed under: Leadership,Small Private Practices

July 30, 2011

Tutors strike at low grades

by Devon Haynie, originally published in the Journal Gazette on 5/25/11

Eight-year-old Tevin Reed watched in awe Tuesday as his tutor, Kim Miller, threw a bowling ball down the aisle for a spare. “How do you throw it so straight?” Reed asked. “Always keep your arm straight,” Miller said, in what ended up being his final lesson of the year.

Reed, a Haley Elementary student, and Miller, a retired Navistar mechanical engineer, were among dozens of people who showed up Tuesday at Georgetown Bowl to celebrate what organizers called a successful year of tutoring through Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Study Connection program. The program, started in 1989 by former Do it Best CEO Don Wolf, pairs volunteers from local businesses with students in need of extra academic help. This year, it had volunteers from 35 companies working with 475 mostly elementary students.

Parties are commonplace at the end of the year, but this one held special significance for Navistar, which has been matching tutors with Haley Elementary school students for 20 years. With the company planning to relocate to the Chicago area, employees said they were not sure they would have enough volunteers to continue participating next year.

Miller, who has been tutoring for almost 20 years, said he’ll find a way to connect with Reed and other Haley students even if he can’t do it formally through Navistar. “I love the program, and I love the kids,” he said. “It only takes a few hours a week, and we have a tremendous impact on their study habits and their grades at school. I usually see an improvement with every kid each year.”

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Filed under: Community,Leadership

June 26, 2011

Tutoring changes student goals in Durham

By Carly Stephenson, originally published on 5/5/11 in ressesnews

One year ago, eighth-grader Ariany Ramos-Redondo became a part of the K to College Program at the Emily K Center in Durham. “For me, it’s a second home,” Ariany said.  “I have friends here who are like my family. The tutors are like my family, too.” Tutoring changes student goals in Durham. But it’s not a tutoring program or a baby-sitting service.

The program provides individualized learning plans to 110 academically focused kids who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.  The center recruits a majority of its students through recommendations from teachers, principals and guidance counselors in the Durham school system.

Students like Ariany might not have access to private tutors and college prep courses, and the center provides a means to help students reach their academic goals.  While health care, food and housing are important concerns for families who are struggling to make ends meet, education is another valuable resource that can help turn lives around.

Michael Krzyzewski or “Coach K”, the well-known Duke University men’s basketball coach, built the center and christened it with his mother’s name, Emily. As the son of two parents who emigrated from Poland, Krzyzewski grew up in the North Side of Chicago in a poor neighborhood.  As a student, he spent time at a North Side community center developing his talent for basketball.  Because the community center strongly influenced his life, Krzyzewski decided to give students in the Durham community a similar opportunity.

Executive director Adam Eigenrauch, who has worked at the center for five years, explained how access to out-of-school learning helps the Durham community. “The best way to combat the cycle of poverty is to . . . help students create opportunities for themselves that no one in their family has had yet. And certainly when you’ve earned a college degree you’ve gained a tool, you’ve gained leverage that presumably has not existed in your family at that point.”

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Community,Leadership

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