Beyond School Hours 2022 - February 23-26, 2022 - Caribe Royale Orlando

Building Strong Bonds Virtually

Peggy Krueser-Goldberg, AARP Foundation; and Janice Frechette-Artinger, Parentis Foundation
Grades: K-3
AARP Foundation Experience Corps is a community-based volunteer program that engages people over 50 as tutors to help students become better readers by the end of third grade. It is a proven “triple win,” allowing students to succeed, older adults to thrive, and communities to grow stronger. The program has a track record of helping children attain literacy proficiency by the end of the 3rd grade and improving their social and emotional learning. The pandemic triggered an immediate response by AARP Foundation to make the shift to virtual program delivery to avoid an interruption in the support provided to struggling students, families, communities, schools, and out-of-school partner agencies. In this workshop, we will explore the foundational elements essential for implementing a virtual academic mentoring program. We will share innovative practices and resources developed to ensure the successful virtual delivery of the program. The virtual model provided an anchor for out-of-school time programming. The success of the virtual model was largely due to the collaboration and engagement of out-of-school providers, community partners, and school districts. This intergenerational model of sustained tutoring employs a structured approach that is evidence-based, effective in strengthening reading skills, and addressing social-emotional regulation through the support of a caring, committed older adult.
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