State Representative jack Jordan (R – Bremen) said in a release Friday, “There is a new opportunity available for high school juniors and seniors to tutor younger students while fulfilling graduation requirements.”
Students typically experience some form of learning loss over summer break, meaning they do not retain some of the lessons they learned the previous school year. However, COVID-19 added more challenges for students since they participated in remote- or e-learning toward the end of the school year. A recent NWEA report estimates some children could begin school nearly a full grade level behind their peers in some subject areas. To help bridge this gap, schools can implement the Indiana Department of Education’s newly developed Indiana Tutoring Fellowship, which will fulfill the Service-Based Learning Experience under Graduation Pathway Requirement #2.
Jordan said, “This is an excellent opportunity for qualified high schoolers to serve as tutors, especially those interested in pursuing a career in education. They can make a difference in a young person’s life and learn new skills — all while earning credit.”
Schools can apply for a federal grant through the CARES Act to implement a tutoring program. Applications are due by Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.
The IDOE recommends tutoring sessions take place virtually, but if students are permitted to meet face-to-face, social distancing must be followed. Click here for more information.