Over the last 18 months, the pandemic has exacerbated achievement gaps for students who were already falling behind before COVID-19 arrived. What happens now is critical for ensuring that schools don’t go back to business as usual, but instead create a system for educational recovery that serves every student.
One initiative to embrace is tutoring that is accessible and available to all. Here’s what’s happening in our public charter school in Newark — and why it can serve as a model across New Jersey and beyond.
At Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impacts that one-on-one or small-group learning can have on students. Our method is often called high-dosage tutoring, but it isn’t just about the number of hours. It’s also about the relationship between student and tutor.
One of our core guiding principles is building genuine relationships within our school community and ensuring that students feel known, valued and loved. Tutors work with students daily, either independently or in small groups, and contact their families each week to share progress. Building trust in this way is imperative and helps to generate the type of academic gains we are striving toward.
This article was written by our Executive Director, Jared Taillefer. Read the full article on the74million.org.