Tutoring: A Key to Unlocking Educational Equity
Patsy Burkins and Tamara Dial, Charlotte Community Services Association
Grades: K – 8
Structured, intensive tutoring programs can spell the difference between success and constant failure for all children as we struggle to emerge from Covid-19 school shutdowns. But poor parents simply can’t afford $600-a-month price tags for this well-documented source of educational help. The good news is afterschool and summer programs have the potential to unlock new doors of educational equity–if the programs are done right!
For five years, Charlotte Community Services Association has embedded the SMART Tutoring Program in its 21st Century afterschool and summer programs at no cost to parents. This workshop will highlight the lessons learned about staff selection, training, curriculum, technology, teacher-student ratio and, yes, student incentives. It also will address the needs of Spanish-speaking students. But more importantly, it will provide the master key to achieving an average Reading Lexile increase of 350 points for true educational equity.