October 31, 2010

Free tutoring gets high marks

by Dennis Wyatt, originally published in the Manteca Bulletin on 9/21/10

The report card is in – Give Every Child a Chance continues to exceed the mark when it comes to helping struggling kids improve in school.

An independent evaluation showed that 80.6 percent of all students involved with GECAC‘s free tutoring programs are showing significant improvement. That is almost double the success rate of most community-based tutoring programs.

The annual study conducted by San Joaquin County Data Co-Op concluded the community-based tutoring program:

  • helped students improve academically.
  • reduced the number of failing grades.
  • built a positive partnership for the benefit of the community.
  • created a positive one-on-one connection for children with a team of community volunteers.
  • provided citizens the opportunity to give back to their community through serving others.
  • provided children with hope for the future.

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer said teachers are confident when they recommend struggling students to the one-on-one tutoring organization that there will be progress made.

“We know a quality one-on-one tutoring program is important,” Messer said. “You can make significant differences for individual students.”

Messer said he was impressed that GECAC has generated 400 plus community volunteers who work one-on-one with students an hour twice a week.

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

October 25, 2010

Peer tutoring company begins expansion

By Bill Conrad, originally published on 9/14/10 by  Star Local News

Ian Anderson wants to change the education system in America. Instead of just talking about it, the Carroll High School senior has launched a Metroplex-wide peer tutoring service.

“I think there are so many problems with education,” Anderson said. “So many students fall through the cracks and don’t get the chances they should get. They are not connecting with the information for some reason, and I want to do my part to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Anderson is one of the co-founders of Dallas Peer Tutors, which officially launched Monday.

The idea was born in 2006 when Vic Ramon, then a senior at Highland Park High School, started Highland Park Tutors. After speaking with Ramon, Anderson started Carroll Tutors last year. They are now taking the service to more than 25 schools across North Texas, with the possibility of additional expansion. As of now, high schools in The Colony, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Carrollton, Coppell, Plano, Allen and Frisco are all taking part in the program.

“We’re excited to bring peer-tutoring to more communities – it’s a truly unique and valuable addition to education,” Ramon said in a press release. “It’s just one of those things that should exist, and we just happen to be the people doing it.”

The program features peer tutors at each of the schools that are serviced. Anderson said one of the advantages of this system is that the tutors are in the same classes as the clients, meaning that they are both familiar with the teachers and the material.

“This program works,” he said. “It is students teaching students. The tutors know how to get an ‘A’ in the class, and that is taught to the client. Once we got our feet underneath us at Carroll, we realized the potential in this business. We saw expansion potential and saw that we had something incredibly powerful.”

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Peer-Tutoring,Small Private Practices

October 15, 2010

Eleanor Rouse – Somatic Strategies Superstar

Originally published by americalearns on 4/27/10

Eleanor Rouse has almost single handedly built up the somatic (mind, body, and heart) side of the America Learns National Strategy Library.

During the 2009-10 school year, this Girls For A Change coach created a number of innovative, effective strategies to help middle school girls focus and center themselves, ultimately leading to greater concentration and teamwork throughout each session. You’ll see one of those strategies below.

Like Megan Conners, who we’re also celebrating this month, Eleanor is one of the few individuals we’ve served since 2003 who has shared three or more strategies that were promoted to the America Learns National Strategy Library.

Eleanor Rouse


Eleanor didn’t pull her strategies out of thin air. On top of her work in the nonprofit space (she has managed two arts organizations and raised more than $5 million for a number of organizations, including Girls For A Change), Eleanor coaches and facilitates workshops for clients who are interested in connecting deeply with their authentic selves and their own concept of a Higher Power.  From that place, her clients create greater fulfillment in life, work and relationships.  Learn more about Eleanor’s company.


When we asked Eleanor to share some advice that others can use as they try out her strategies, she noted that, “The girls think I’m crazy when I try somatic coaching practices with them; however, I always notice a difference in their own presence and energy, even if we do it for just a few seconds. Particularly for middle school girls, it helps them become ready to listen to each other and to participate with a bit more concentration during the meeting.”

To read more click here.

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

October 6, 2010

Homework Hotline Returns

Originally published in Inside Indiana Business on 9/8/10

The telephone lines are now open and Internet connections ready for Indiana middle school and high school students to receive help understanding their math and science homework through Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline toll-free tutoring service. The program reinforces basic and advanced math and science concepts, supports classroom practices, and helps students develop better problem-solving skills as they prepare for postsecondary education and successful placement in Indiana’s workforce.

The Homework Hotline is available on Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) for Indiana students in grades 6-12 by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673) or submitting a question through the service’s website, www.AskRose.org. The website also has been updated with a variety of math and science resource materials.

The Homework Hotline is a free community service, provided by Rose-Hulman and Lilly Endowment Inc. Students and parents may call at no charge.

Persons using the Homework Hotline will be assisted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students. Recommended by faculty, tutors are selected for their technical knowledge and ability to communicate clearly. They have access to current math and science textbooks, computers and the Internet. More than 30 tutors are available each night –- from approximately 140 tutors on staff.

“Helping a caller understand a concept is fantastic, and giving a caller the confidence to continue learning on his or her own is even better. That’s what we do: explain concepts and inspire confidence,” stated one of the Rose-Hulman tutors. (The identities of tutors and callers/online users are kept anonymous.)

To read more click here.

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Community


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