Impact Insights

High-Impact Tutoring at IDEA Public Charter School

The Lana Learn team is implementing High-Impact Tutoring at IDEA Public Charter School.

Lana Learn’s High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) program kicked off last month, and the team is in full swing at our partner schools. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, D.C. funds and oversees this program. It will help approximately 315 freshmen fill in academic gaps that were widened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out how Lana Learn Academic Coach, Adele, is implementing high-impact tutoring at IDEA Public Charter School.

After getting school clearance, I am now officially a Timberwolf! Students have been busy with midyear portfolio presentations, interim exams, and make-up assignments prior to the end of term. Therefore, I have been conducting classroom observations, gathering and organizing assessment data, and acclimating to the school culture and ever-changing bell schedules.

I have observed that students are working on increased accountability and time management, which are skills I intend to focus on during tutoring sessions. As the end of the term looms, I see that students are hit with an onslaught of missing assignments that can feel insurmountable. My goal is to help them through this period, while reinforcing strategies that will prevent this kind of procrastination cycle from continuing.

I will be working closely with the English language arts (ELA) department, focusing on literacy skills across content areas. Administration identified students based on multiple data points, including student grades, NWEA MAP and PARCC scores, Read 180 (a reading intervention program) Lexile (reading comprehension) levels, and attendance. Read 180 usage and attendance are areas of growth for the community, so I intend to incorporate the program into my sessions and devote planning time each week to family outreach.

It has been heartwarming to see a few familiar names on posters around the school – a handful of students I taught as seventh graders are now earning honor roll and accolades for their work at IDEA. I look forward to seeing those familiar faces as well as continuing to build relationships with staff and students in the coming weeks.

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