September 26, 2015

School district offers tutoring program for parents

By Marisa Breese, News Associate Producer, Click2Houston, originally published 9/24/15

tutors-for-parentsMany parents would like to help their children with math homework, but sometimes the material is difficult, even for some adults. A school district in Wisconsin is hoping to teach parents how to help their kids tackle those challenging problems.

The Antigo School District is offering a new program called MAPPS, which stands for Math and Parent Partners. MAPPS is meant to help parents understand what their children are learning in the classroom. School officials hope that the program will increase parents’ confidence when it comes to discussing mathematics.

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Filed under: Community

March 17, 2015

Carmel Valley tutoring service lends hand with Torrey Pines High School scholarship benefit

by Kristina Houck, Del Mar Times

TPHS Scholarship Board — Courtesy

A local company and nonprofit are partnering in an effort to increase student test scores, while raising money for college scholarships.
Carmel Valley-based Tutor Doctor and the Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund have teamed to offer practice ACT and SAT tests Feb. 21 at Torrey Pines High School, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. “Our group’s mission is to provide scholarships for seniors,” said Karin Lang, co-president of the TPHS Scholarship Fund. “So whatever fundraisers we can hold that can help our students are a win-win.”

For $25, students can take either a full-length ACT or SAT practice test. The fee includes a score analysis report. Students may also request a free in-home consultation to discuss the score report, analysis and recommendations. “We wanted to offer our services any way we could,” said Tiffany Lien, who co-owns Tutor Doctor with her husband, Chris Lien. The couple have three children, with their oldest at Carmel Valley Middle School. “We really want to support this cause, and this is one way we can do it.” Since 1987, the TPHS Scholarship Fund has provided Torrey Pines seniors with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000.

“There’s a lot of pressure on these kids going through the college application process,” said Mary Stromitis, co-president of the TPHS Scholarship Fund. “College is so expensive now. Every dollar counts in today’s economy and with today’s high tuition costs. “I think every which way we can, we should help out our young people. They will be our future.”

In its first year, the TPHS Scholarship Fund raised a total of $5,100 and awarded nine scholarships. Today, the volunteer, community-based scholarship organization raises an average of $30,000 per year, Stromitis said. Formerly known as Dollars for Scholars, the organization became independent in 2013. This year, the nonprofit reached its $1 million mark — having raised $1 million in scholarships since it was founded more than 28 years ago, Stromitis said.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Community,Small Private Practices

February 20, 2015

Classmates form nonprofit tutoring organization to give back to the community

By Meredith Shamburger, The Dallas Morning News

Janani Ramachandran (left), a senior at Plano Senior High School, tutors Ryan Phillips, a freshman at Collin College and a Hendrick Scholarship recipient, over webcast in college algebra during a session where Ramachandran was in the Plano Senior library and Phillips was in the Hendrick Scholarship offices in Plano. Staff photo by Andy Jacobsohn.

It’s difficult to keep your grades up when you’re struggling with the material, juggling work and other obligations, and are unable to afford a private tutor. The Outreach Movement wants to bridge that gap. The nonprofit was formed by 11 students within the Plano Independent School District two years ago to help economically disadvantaged students get the tutoring support they need to succeed.

“We were all looking at the opportunities afforded us at Plano ISD and how that that was helping us be successful, and we noticed that there are other students in the D-FW Metroplex that had the same drive that we did, but weren’t afforded the same opportunity,” said Shraddha Madhan, director of publicity.

Today the Outreach Movement is operating out of Plano Senior High School, Plano West Senior High School and Millburn High School in New Jersey. A new chapter at Plano East Senior High School is also in the works. The group pairs students one-on-one with student tutors each week at no cost. The group’s been so successful that a chapter launched in New Jersey last year now has 13 volunteers. Mohanty says the school asked to start a chapter after learning about the Outreach Movement. Their involvement, Mohanty said, is part of the organization’s mission to get students involved in enacting change.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Community

December 26, 2014

United Way: Impacting Grade-Level Reading: Iowa Reading Corps

By Sara Wilson, United Way of Story County, originally published in the Ames Tribune

Earlier this month, we highlighted how important Grade-Level Reading is to the future of our students as well as our community. In subsequent weeks, this column is focusing on what United Way of Story County (UWSC) is doing to increase proficiency in reading at grade level. During the previous few weeks we described how important attendance, school readiness and out-of-school learning are to a child’s academic success. We told you UWSC convenes community partners to work on these areas through the Grade-Level Reading campaign.

The final component in this area is the Iowa Reading Corps, an exciting outcome of the Ames Reads collaboration.

The Iowa Reading Corps, a replication of the successful Minnesota Reading Corps, is a tutoring program to help increase the number of students who are reading at grade level. The program, managed by United Ways of Iowa, utilizes daily, one-on-one reading practice and is implemented in six Story County elementary schools this year – Ames (Sawyer), Ballard East, Ballard West, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco and Nevada.

Last school year, the first year of the program, three of the above Story County schools were involved. Because of the program’s success, Ballard East, Nevada and Sawyer renewed and more schools were able to be added. The program has grown from ten AmeriCorps members serving eight school districts statewide to 25 members serving 20 schools. The program places AmeriCorps members, trained as Elementary Literacy Tutors, in schools to implement literacy interventions for students who are just below proficiency in reading.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Community

November 30, 2014

Organization combines track and field with tutoring and mentoring

By Brian Alexander, The Bradford Era

A boy practices hurdles as part of the Striders’ summer development program.

In 1979, friends and high school track teammates Daniel Feather and Ron Graham formed a small team called the Chadakoin Valley Athletic Club—a group aimed at giving local teens a constructive outlet through track and field. The next year, the club was renamed the Chautauqua Striders, and member Eric Healy became the club’s first athlete to win a national championship. Realizing the importance of cultivating strong academic skills along with athletics, the club’s founders added a tutoring program to help their athletes get into college.

Today, Chautauqua Striders works with more than 1,800 youths annually through tutoring, mentoring and, of course, the track club that got it all started. “Our goal is to help youths graduate high school inspired with the knowledge, skills and confidence required for successful college and career experiences,” says executive director Ben Lindquist, who joined Chautauqua Striders about a year ago, replacing the former executive director of 23 years.

Lindquist says Chautauqua Striders has between 30 and 40 participants in its middle school and high school track clubs each year. In July, the Striders sent six of its athletes to the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Texas, three of whom achieved All-American status. Striders also offers a youth development program every June and July forkids ages 5 to 12.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Community

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