A new Wayne State University initiative will provide free tutoring for children and dependents of employees and students. The tutoring program will be available virtually to K-12 students in a variety of age-appropriate subjects. Weekly group sessions will be held throughout the summer, starting Monday July 12. Registrations are now open in line.
Led by students from the College of Education, the 30-minute one-on-one tutoring sessions will focus on a range of topics including reading and writing, science, math, and test preparation.
While the summer group sessions will include groups of 10 to 15 students, plans are in place to offer one-on-one tutoring sessions in the fall. The initiative is the result of collaboration between the Marshal’s office, School success center and College of Education, with the support of Irvin D. Reid Honors College and Computing and Information Technology. Funding for tutors was provided by the College of Education and Honors College.
âWe are always looking for ways to help our campus community and we know that additional education support for parents is a growing need, especially since so many students have been learning remotely,â said Monica Brockmeyer, Associate Senior Vice President for Student Success. âWayne State provides a world-class education for our students, and the university is uniquely positioned to lead with authority and provide engaging and effective tutoring for young students. “
The initiative was launched as a pilot in March 2021 to better understand the demand and needs for K-12 tutoring services. As conversations about the tutoring initiative began during the pandemic, the need to provide a service to build on the momentum created in classrooms and help tackle learning loss in the summer is particularly relevant. after schools around the world have switched to online and hybrid education. Tutoring will take place in small groups over the summer to further involve students in learning and socializing with their peers virtually.
Christine Huang, associate director of Tutor Training Academy and peer-assisted learning at the Academic Success Center, developed the infrastructure for the K-12 tutoring initiative, while a team of students from the College of Education of the Teacher Education division provided tutoring under the supervision of Dannielle McGuire, a recent doctoral student. Huang and McGuire anticipate great interest in summer group sessions, and plans are in place to change the programming as K-12 schools resume in the fall.
âWe are fortunate to have so many like-minded professionals on campus who are committed to teaching and learning, and helping the next generation of students,â said Huang. âSupport outside the classroom, both around the curriculum and around socialization, is the key to success. “
While Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will benefit from this initiative, it also provides an opportunity for prospective teachers studying at Wayne State.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Center for Academic Success to deliver these tutoring sessions, which will benefit K-12 students as well as the next generation of teachers and education leaders,” said Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Interim Dean of the College of Education. “This initiative will provide Wayne State students with real-world experience and preparation, while meeting the needs of our community.”