Monthly Archives: May 2014

T4A Partner, MGH Youth Scholars, Profiled by WBZ-TV

MGH Spring 2014 Report

Recently, the MGH Youth Scholars were profiled by WBZ-TV. This amazing health career-oriented program exposes high school aged students to careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) world. In addition to experiential learning, MGH provides the Youth Scholars with Academic Coaches through a partnership with Tutors for All.

Tutors for All works with Scholars on the academic side of the program. Known as “Academic Day”, each week the scholars are given direct one-on-one instruction in a given topic. Scholars have the opportunity to work on math or literacy skills, PSAT prep, or how to apply study and working skills to their school curriculum.

All coaching sessions are focused around a learning strategy designed to help students internalize knowledge and self-regulate learning. For math Tutors for All utilizes the JUMP Math curriculum developed in Toronto, Canada by John Mighton.  JUMP Math breaks basic math instruction into manageable steps and then builds on those concepts as students demonstrate mastery. T4A Literacy Coaches used short readings as a daily starting point for their literacy instruction. T4A literacy curriculum ranges from basic skills, PSAT prep, SAT prep, Accuplacer prep, and AP class level. Tutors for All provided each scholar with the appropriate level according to the results of the scholars’ diagnostic assessment.

MGH Spring 2014 Report Bar Graph

(Note: Y Axis measure growth in grade equivalency (GE) or academic years over the course of the program.)

Above is a snapshot of our results from the Spring 2014 semester. The above chart represents academic data for scholars with 80% or greater attendance. GMADE was the standardized test given to assess math, GRADE was the standardized test given to assess literacy.

Overall Scholars reported an overwhelmingly positive feeling about “Academic Day” with Tutors for All. A performance survey on the last day of their program is represented below.

MGH Spring 2014 Tutor Performance

The partnership between Tutors for All and MGH’s Youth Scholars program is going into its fourth year this summer. As one of our longest running current partners, we have enjoyed working with MGH and are looking forward to working in the future.

Meet Teach For America’s Newest Star: Tutors for All Alum Andreas Wolfe

Pictured: Chris Baginski and Andreas Wolfe

Pictured: Chris Baginski and Andreas Wolfe

We are happy to announce that five Tutors for All tutors were accepted to Teach for America this year. One of them, BC Alum Andreas Wolfe, shared his thoughts on how Tutors for All shaped his journey to TFA. 

T4A: What is your full name? 

AW: Andreas Warren Wolfe

T4A: Where did you go to college and what did you study?

AW: Boston College – History Major

T4A: What’s your hometown?

AW: Brookline, MA

T4A: When did you start working with Tutors for All?

AW: 2012

T4A: What drew you to work in education?

AW: When I first heard about tutoring, I applied because I wanted to do something completely different.

T4A: What’s your favorite thing about Tutors for All?

AW: The reward of seeing a child’s improvement.

T4A: What are you doing after you graduate?

AW: I will be teaching middle school or high school math with Teach For America in Philadelphia.

T4A: Has Tutors for All helped prepare you to serve with Teach for America? If so, how?

AW: Tutors For All has been extremely valuable and I owe it to Tutors For All for getting the job in the first place.  It was my first introduction to nearly all of the concepts that are vital to understanding how children work and the secret to helping them succeed.

T4A: Do you start in the September ? or is there some training beforehand?

AW: Training begins June 17th, and will last through the summer.

T4A: What are your plans for after Teach for America?

AW: My long term goal is to obtain a dual masters in city planning and transportation engineering in order to design safer and more economically viable streets.

T4A: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of teaching/tutoring?

AW: Biking, both for everyday transportation and for athleticism.

T4A: What’s your favorite food?/Place to eat in Boston?

AW: The Super 88 Food Court, most notably the Bahn Mi sandwiches at Pho Viet.  $3.95 is a small price for a life changing experience.

T4A: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we didn’t know?

AW: I’m a walking GPS.

 

 

 

 

Why did you tutor? Why do you support Tutors for All?

At our Tutor Alum Networking Event last month, we were able to interview a group of some of our inspiring former tutors. They talked about why they decided to tutor then and why they still support Tutors for All years after their experience.

There were some trends in the video. Two of the four main interviewees, Deejay Robinson and Nicole Spaulding, are currently working as teachers. Similarly, 22% of the members of our Tutors for All Alumni Network group on LinkedIn are in the Education field. 11% are specifically in primary and secondary education.

Nonetheless, there was a tremendous diversity in their answers. Jennifer Zavala highlighted how her personal experience coming from an immigrant family motivated her to work with underserved students and guide them towards the resources they need to succeed. Tai Sassen-Liang, who later went on to teach at the MATCH school, noted a sense of needing to “do something” on a hands-on and grassroots level for the larger community.

When talking about why they still support Tutors for All, Deejay commented, “As a teacher right now in Boston public schools…I know what’s needed. And with my experience with Tutors for All, I see the work that Tutors for All does. The impact that the one-on-one connection that their model has…Boston needs it. And I know that there are other urban districts that need it.”

Nicole also spoke with the authority of experience as an educator, and also specifically highlighted the power of individualized instruction: “I see the great things that individualized instruction does for kids and the ways that children who get individualized instruction can continue to grow.”

Jennifer spoke about how she wishes that there were more people to help young people access education resources. Tai asserted that the work that Tutors for All does is important because it connects tutors to the students that could benefit most from individualized instruction.

Listening to this group of Tutor Alums left us humbled and re-inspired in our work to bridge the achievement gap for underserved Boston youth.