The Lana Learn team is hard at work with High-Impact Tutoring program implementation at its Washington, DC partner schools.
With winter winding down and spring blooming, our High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) program is in full effect. This program will help approximately 315 freshmen fill in academic gaps that were widened by the COVID-19 pandemic. We decided to work with freshman because, according to the Department of Education, the freshman year is classified as the “make it or break it year.” Read on to find out how we are implementing this HIT program at our partner schools.
Partner School Site Visits
This month, I conducted site visits at all four of our partner schools: IDEA Public Charter School, Thurgood Marshall Academy, HD Woodson High School, and Roosevelt High School. The DC Public Schools—Lana Learn partnership was amazing to see firsthand. All four of our HIT Academic Coaches have been hard at work adjusting to their assigned schools. They are currently focusing on building rapport with students and staff members and meeting with department heads. They have been utilizing their unique skill sets to supplement academic achievement among their respective cohorts of students.
HIT Program Trainings
As the HIT program director, I have attended virtual trainings provided by DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The trainings included valuable data collection and privacy training. Since data use is one of the pillars of High-Impact Tutoring, it’s important that we know how to use data to understand students’ strengths and needs. We will also use data to assess the program effectiveness at improving student learning and make adjustments based on this data. The coaches will ensure to keep all student data secure and confidential. OSSE has done an incredible job of making the information-heavy trainings both applicable and engaging.
As we transition into the final semester of this school year, we are documenting every step of the process. This emphasis on documentation led to the creation of a proprietary Lana Learn documents including a student attendance sheet, student registration form, and student session note form. These documents will allow us to capture pertinent data while simultaneously building a strong foundation for the HIT program. This will make the program both efficient and scalable.
Program Resources and Information
Our team usage of SharePoint as a data repository has been very beneficial for us. This internal website acts as a one-stop shop for all the resources and information needed to implement these programs. This includes the team calendar, a document library, training modules, feedback forms, and partner information. As Lana Learn continues to grow, we are happy to have systems in place that allow our team members to focus on student success.