ED offers advice on creating effective tutoring programs

With this free guide from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, educators will learn what it takes to provide NCLB-compliant tutoring to low-income students enrolled in struggling schools. Titled “Creating Strong Supplemental Educational Services Programs,” the online booklet explains the intricacies of the law and shares practical advice about how to deliver the best possible services to the right kids. Educators will learn from the experiences of five school districts that have been successful in creating and expanding free tutoring programs and making them work for students and parents. The advice provided in this guide on implementing free tutoring programs covers four basic actions, suggesting the “first steps” to take and how to “go deeper.” The four key actions discussed are: Embracing the Spirit of Supplemental Educational Services; Building Relationships with Providers; Reaching Out to Inform Parents; and Setting Clear Goals and Tracking Progress.

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