FamiliesFORWARD offers many variations of tutoring for students in its After-School Program at its three elementary schools—Bond Hill Academy in Bond Hill, Carson School in West Price Hill and Hays-Porter School in West End—as well as its high school, Withrow University High School in Hyde Park.
Years ago, FamiliesFORWARD designated an “Hour of Power” in the program for increased support for literacy (reading and writing). It also implemented an intensive Homework Help program in all three of its elementary schools through which it hires certified teachers (often retired) to reteach math and literacy skills through the homework designated by students’ daytime classroom teachers. Tutors typically work with small groups of students several times a week.
The reading and math grades of students in the Homework Help program are recorded at midterm and the end of each quarter to monitor their progress and determine what type of additional support is needed.
The Homework Help report goes to the school principals, resource coordinators, after-school coordinators and the FamiliesFORWARD executive director/CEO, and results are available to other stakeholders.
This information can also be used as a supplement to parent-teacher conferences because it bridges the school day into extended learning, and there are open-ended communications for continuous learning and improvement for the students. The FamiliesFORWARD After-School Program staff members meet to review the first-quarter report and prepare for meetings with the school principals, reading specialists and Homework Help tutors in which all stakeholders determine the best interventions going forward.
In addition, as part of a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant at Carson School, FamiliesFORWARD provides intensive tutoring and homework help for up to 50 targeted students.
Many of these students are at risk of failing in reading or math and benefit from certified teachers providing this extra assistance.
If you are a certified teacher and would be interested in participating in Homework Help or the 21st Century program, please contact one of our staff members at the school of your choice.
FamiliesFORWARD is always in search of volunteer tutors who would enjoy working one-on-one or in small groups with students. Many companies provide time for their employees to tutor students. Additionally, students from Mount St. Joseph University, the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University and various high schools volunteer their efforts to help students who are struggling to understand reading, math and other learning concepts.
Volunteer tutors often express how rewarding it is to go to the schools to help these children. With so many needs, FamiliesFORWARD knows it couldn’t fulfill its mission without people giving of themselves.
If you have an interest in being a volunteer tutor, please contact one of our staff members at the school of your choice.
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