September 30, 2012

$742K grant to assist tutors, mentors

by Justin Story, The Daily News, originally published on 8/7/12

Recently awarded grant funding for a local community service program is expected to help students in Barren and other counties. ATEAM, in which AmeriCorps members provide tutoring and mentoring assistance to students in elementary, middle and high school, received $741,782 to support its efforts. The grant, which was announced Monday, was one of 10 totaling more than $3.5 million awarded to AmeriCorps programs throughout the state.

Funding for ATEAM is anticipated to support 56 AmeriCorps members’ work with students in school districts in Barren, Pulaski, Garrard, Hancock, Marshall, Crittenden and Webster counties to improve their reading and math scores. The Mentorkids! program in Owensboro, which falls under the ATEAM umbrella, is also anticipated to benefit from the grant.

AmeriCorps is a federal program in which members serve full-time, generally for about a year, in one of a variety of community service organizations that promote education, address community safety or combat poverty. Members are paid a monthly allowance and are eligible for an additional cash stipend or an educational award to help pay for college or pay off student debt. AmeriCorps programs in Kentucky are administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service. Since Sept. 1, Kentucky AmeriCorps programs have served 9,169 students, 1,508 at-risk seniors, helped 2,142 individuals or families find housing, delivered 55,669 meals on wheels and renovated 74 houses.

Shannon Bailes, co-director of ATEAM with Donna Morgan, said the funding for her program will help remedial students from kindergarten through high school in nearly 50 schools.

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Filed under: Government,High School,K-8

September 25, 2012

Research Supports the Value of Training Tutors

By Bob Lasiewicz, M.A., Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning

When you ask a tutor whether professional training has improved their effectiveness as a tutor, chances are they will reply in the affirmative, but where is the supporting research? The most impressive statistical data on client/student impact I found comes from the National Study of Developmental Education*, a longitudinal study of 6,000 student transcripts from 160 institutions. Tutoring provided by trained vs. untrained tutors was one of the most statistically significant strategies related to increasing first-semester GPA, cumulative GPA, success in developmental courses, and overall retention.

Another valuable research project* was a field study on tutor effectiveness conducted by Dr. Rick Sheets, PhD, focusing on 10 campuses in the Phoenix area, with 70 tutors participating.  He discovered that tutor training definitively led to more appropriate responses to presented tutoring situations. Interestingly, there was no significant influence based on a tutor’s age, grade point average, educational degrees or the experience acquired during the semester of tutoring.

A third investigation* by Geoffrey K. Bailey, PhD, demonstrates how trained tutors utilize techniques of greater variety and effectiveness when tutoring. The strategies used by untrained tutors with equivalent subject knowledge are often limited and counterproductive. The level of confidence, retention and satisfaction of trained tutors is much higher as well.


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Filed under: Research

September 21, 2012

Learning disabilities association offers one-to-one tutoring help

Originally published 6/27/12 in LangleyTimes.com

An option is available this summer for parents of children who are struggling in school. Many parents of children aged six to 14, who struggle with acquiring reading, comprehension, spelling and writing or basic math skills, find affordable summer tutoring is a challenge.

The Learning Disabilities Association — Fraser South Chapter (LDAFS) is offering one-to-one tutoring in Langley at the Langley School District administration office, located at 4875 – 222 St. This is the second summer LDAFS has offered the program in Langley, but the program also ran this past spring and will continue this fall at Douglas Park Community School.  This program has also been running successfully in Surrey since 1999.

Children will be tutored by a specially-trained tutor who works under the direction and mentorship of an experienced, certified teacher using strategies developed to help the child with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or any child who is behind in reading, writing or math. However, a child does not have to be diagnosed as having a learning disability to attend the tutoring program. At least 10 to 15 per cent of the population has learning disabilities. Many have difficulty learning to read and write but remain undiagnosed and not remediated.

LDAFS programs are designed to help these children by providing early intervention at an affordable rate.  In addition, some partial subsidies are available courtesy of the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, for families in financial need.

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Filed under: Community

September 4, 2012

UNM Student Tutoring Program Rates an ‘A’

by the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board, originally published on 12/22/12

Here’s a University of New Mexico lesson plan for student success that is working for students who seriously want to succeed: It’s called CAPS (Center for Academic Program Support), and it offers a wide range of tutoring provided by fellow students.

Not only is CAPS popular, it seems to be working in areas that really count. UNM has struggled with a below national average six-year graduation rate and also with a dismal third-semester retention rate. Improvement in both of those areas are at the top of new UNM President Bob Frank’s to-do list.

Nearly 60 percent of UNM students who use CAPS graduate within six years, compared with the university’s overall rate of 45 percent. Entering freshmen in 2008 who used CAPS had a third-semester retention rate of almost 88 percent, while those who did not had a 79.2 percent rate. About 25 percent of UNM’s nearly 30,000 students currently use CAPS’ service at no cost to them. Based in the Zimmerman Library, the center’s approximately 130 student tutors provide some 50,000 hours of service. It costs UNM about $800,000 a year.

CAPS is growing faster than university enrollment and is expanding. It now offers tutors at the South Campus, in athletics and in humanities. When UNM’s new dorms open, they will offer CAPS as well.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,College

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