Full Service Tutoring Partnership Ensures Targeted Daily Intervention
Matthew A. Henson Elementary in West Baltimore is a new Success for All partner for the 2022-2023 school, thanks to American Rescue Plan dollars. The school and SFA are collaborating to provide students with Tutoring with the Lightning Squad and ThemeReads, two daily, small group literacy interventions that collectively serve K-8 students.
Drawing upon its years of expertise as a school partner, SFA has found that clear communication at every level is key to ensuring students receive a high-quality, high-dosage intervention. An SFA Tutoring Program Manager connects with each school leader to set the vision and lay the groundwork for the tutoring program. This is followed by a meeting between the tutor coordinator and the school to review the expectations, absenteeism, needs, classroom space, and technology. To ensure an alignment with the school’s culture and staff, SFA matches tutors with schools that have a similar mindset. The SFA tutor at Matthew Henson has truly immersed herself into the school culture by participating in the Back to School Picnic and other school events, building connections with the school staff prior to the start of school, and actively engaging in the staff planning meetings. The collaboration between SFA and the school are sustained through weekly 1:1 check-ins and team meetings dedicated to analyzing student progress, identifying barriers to program delivery, and developing action plans to address challenges.
The SFA tutoring team maintains a strong focus on student data. The tutor, tutor coordinator, and school leads use information from formative assessments to deliver daily tutoring sessions that target individual needs. Within a month of consistent tutoring at Matthew Hensen, the average student who has attended tutoring five times a week has demonstrated three months of growth.