As part of our district's commitment to supporting students with unfinished learning, our district is providing expanded Academic Tutoring and Support options for young people. Students and families can receive academic support in three ways: from school staff (school based in-person), through
work with community partners (community based in-person) and online on-demand services. This is one of many ways Omaha Public Schools is using federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for student achievement.
Executive Director of School Improvement Susanne Cramer provided an update to the Board on the implementation of the three avenues of support for students and families.
School liaisons have been trained on our online tutoring platform with Paper. They are now demonstrating the tool with students. The goal is that each student will receive a demonstration by Friday, Feb. 10. Staff will work with students to use the tool at least four times at school.
Through online tutoring with Paper, students in grades 3-12 have access to:
- 1:1 live chat tutoring sessions with experts
- Support in 200 subjects
- Available in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin
- Expert review of written work (essays, creative writing, poetry, lab reports)
- Hundreds of resources and activities for families to support students at home
- Interactive shows and activities to expand learning beyond the classroom
Students can access online tutoring seven days a week via the Clever dashboard on their iPad until 11 p.m. at no cost to them. Families will receive communication next week once all schools have had an opportunity to demonstrate the tool.
Community Based Tutoring
Our district is working with Omaha Public Schools Foundation and Collective for Youth to provide tutoring at community based after-school programs. Our partners continue to hire, and our staff is working to onboard tutors.
School Based In-Person Tutoring
Students began taking advantage of expanded in-person tutoring in September. Staff has worked with families to identify students who may benefit from the additional support. Nearly 11,500 hours of in-person tutoring have been logged as of Jan. 20.
Families with questions regarding Academic Support and Tutoring should reach out to their child's school.