Free tutoring from Western Reserve Educational Service Center helps students keep pace – News-Herald

In January, the Western Reserve Educational Service Center began offering free tutoring services to students in any district or private school in Lake and Geauga counties.

Ten months later, ESCWR has continued to offer its services Tuesday and Thursday evenings for one hour each night from October through May, helping students in grades 5 through 12 keep pace when parents are concerned their child may not. is falling behind due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

As Kristin Llewellyn, Family and Community Liaison says, they’ve expanded their free programs beyond standard tutoring.

“The new programs we’ve launched have branched off from traditional tutoring, like Summer Sidekicks, to address learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Llewellyn said. “Then this fall, we launched another pilot program called Page Turners to prepare 3rd graders for Ohio’s 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee to advance to 4th grade.”

This chart shows how these students’ projected scores in reading after lost instruction time compare to scores at the end of the typical school year. (Submitted)

“Our families come back for additional programs, and we really appreciate that because we really feel like we’re hitting the mark with the community.”

Third-grade reading test services ended in October after students completed their tests, and Summer Sidekicks were held in June and July.

For nearly a year, tutors from local schools in Painesville, a retired mechanical engineer, and even a student from Lake Erie College have befriended the students they mentor and mentor. This is something that is not lost on Llewellyn.

“It was really cool to see the relationship building take place,” she said. “We are really community-based with our staff. Having community tutors mentor our local students has been great for relationship building as I feel our tutors have a stake in the community and address learning loss.

Still, some parents worry that students have fallen behind in their studies, with research data showing student gaps in both counties, according to Academic Director Vanessa Karwan.

“NWEA studied the assessment results of 5 million students in grades 3 through 8 in the areas of math and reading from the 2017-2018 school year,” Karwan said. “They compared these test results to two scenarios, one of which was dubbed the COVID Slide and the other the COVID Slowdown.

“The data tables show the comparison of these students’ projected scores after lost instruction time to the scores at the end of a typical school year,” she continued. “With several years of disruptive learning due to COVID-19, our district schools need high quality support, professional development, data analysis, instructional coaching and a variety of options to recover academic losses.

“The Hale Road Student and Family Resource Center provides direct support to students and our local community. »

Thanks to the tutoring provided, parents were relieved to have a place to turn to, said Llewellyn, which is free and provides the physical aspect of teaching where some students have not had the necessary attendance time. over the past two years. or so, especially those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.

“In order for parents to be able to send their children to the resource center without having to pay and to be able to use our tutoring services, they are often hopeful and relieved that their students are getting help for their needs through this service” , says Llewellyn.

Janice G. Ball