August 14, 2016

Cañon Literacy Center has provided more than 3,150 hours of free tutoring

By Sara Knuth
The Daily Record

Eileen Lakey loves the buzz that fills up the room when young readers go over words with their tutors.

“I love just sitting here listening. I just close my eyes,” she said. “It’s just this wonderful hum going on, and it’s learning, and I love it.”

As the director of the Cañon Literacy Center, a nonprofit that provides free tutoring in reading and writing, she hears that buzz a few days out of every week.

In a fellowship hall located next to the First United Methodist Church in Cañon City, local students who struggle with reading and writing come to the center and pair up with a tutor, one-on-one.

On Tuesday afternoon, in the first of two sessions, students periodically came up to Lakey to read her a poem, a teaching method that’s just a small, but crucial, part of the program.

“We do as much mentoring as we do tutoring, we really do,” Lakey said, later adding the center teaches phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and writing through a program called the Peak Reader Program.

Owen Lyon, a local student, said in his time at the center, he’s learned to like reading poems.

Sam Savage, a community member who tutors Samantha Taylor, another student, said he struggled with reading as a young student, but got better after spending one week out of every summer with his grandmother, a librarian.

“To me, it’s just so important to like to read,” he said, adding that working with children allows him to help them enjoy reading.

The center was started in 2008, when the First United Methodist Church sent out a survey to parishioners, asking them what they could be doing for the community as a centrally located church.

“The votes came back, almost unanimous: something for kids,” Lakey said.

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Filed under: Community

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.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers

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.

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Filed under: College,Peer-Tutoring

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.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,K-8

January 10, 2016

Octogenarian Tutor Brings Warm Encouragement And Grammar Basics To English Lab

by Lorena Umana, The Reporter, originally published January 15, 2016

Tutor Time: Jerry Mitchell, 86, tutors students struggling to learn English at the Kendall Campus. He has served as a tutor at the campus for seven years. Photo by Eli Abasi

Tutor Time: Jerry Mitchell, 86, tutors students struggling to learn English at the Kendall Campus. He has served as a tutor at the campus for seven years. Photo by Eli Abasi

At a time when most people his age are retired, Jerry Mitchell, an 86-year-old English for Academic Purposes Laboratory (EAP) tutor at Kendall Campus, chooses to help students who are struggling to learn English.

“I love tutoring because I get to meet students from all over the world,” Mitchell said. “They keep me thinking young.”

The lab provides English as a Second Language (ESL) students with computers and printers to assist with what they are learning in class. Students may also ask for tutors to assist them with ESL related work and to practice English.  Students come from around the globe including Cuba, Iran, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

Besides covering the foundations of grammar and vocabulary, Mitchell uses the song Cold Water by Burl Ives to teach his ESL students pronunciation and life philosophy. The song is about a cowboy in the desert with his horse. He sees all kinds of mirages created by the devil. But the horse encourages the cowboy to keep moving.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,College

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