Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News

Spring Successes in Saturday Reading

Spring is definitely a busy time here at FLOC. Within the past couple of weeks, we’ve had several new students and tutors start during our Saturday PM Reading Program. Students are starting and finishing new chapter books each week. This past week, Maniyah and her tutor finished reading The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Additionally, I’ve been impressed by how much our students have been testing. Testing is one of the ways FLOC sees that a student understands the material and can move onto more challenging concepts. Our last two reading sessions, our testing list has been two solid pages. During our last tutoring session, our testers gave a total of 31 tests!

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We had a friendly competition start between two of our middle school students, Gabriel and Nata, in the reading program. Gabriel and Nata (6th and 8th graders, respectively) were working together on their Wilson lessons, until we could find a sub for Nata. Gabriel passed his test with flying colors and so Nata and Gabriel parted ways. In the true spirit of competition, Nata wanted to test and be on the same lesson as Gabriel. Nata passed the test and wanted to test again in order to be farther in the curriculum. Nata passed a total of 3 Wilson tests in one day, while Gabriel found a new way to practice using his vocabulary words—by writing a letter trash-talking Nata. This playful competition challenged Gabriel to think about the multiple meanings of his vocabulary words and how to use them most effectively.

(Tamarae Hildebrandt is an NTP site coordinator for the Saturday Afternoon Reading program.)

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Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News

Summertime and the Learnin’ is Easy

 

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Summertime is here and all our favorite aspects of this humid season are in full bloom—salt water taffy, sunscreen, ice cream, and, of course, tutoring. Summer session for the Neighborhood Tutoring Program (NTP) began on Monday, June 23rd.

The summer academy operates only slightly differently than our school year program, specifically in the fact that there are two programs per week in reading and math rather than one (and that programs last a little over one month instead of seven, 11 sessions each compared to 27).

Students and their tutors play soccer.
Students and their tutors play soccer.

While most students would be horrified to spend time during their summers doing work, our program and curriculum allows our students to enjoy tutoring in conjunction with games, friends, and our wonderful volunteers.

The summer academy is also a time for tremendous gains for our students. Last summer our math students achieved an average improvement of three months of grade level after an average of 11.7 hours of tutoring, our reading students five months after 13 hours—overall over 40% of our summer students last year made one year improvement or more.

Beyond that, there is evidence to suggest that students who transition between our school year programs and summer programs make a much greater leap than even that (although the numbers are too small to jump to any conclusions).

Needless to say, our team is excited to see all the gains that our students can make during these sweat-soaked months, and along with four wide-eyed, enthusiastic interns, we’ll attempt to make this summer more successful than the last.

(Jim Coleman is an NTP Site Coordinator at FLOC).