How tutoring works

About the tutoring partnership

America Readsweb

  • Teachers along with literacy coaches identify students who will work with East Side Learning Center (ESLC) Literacy Mentors for the year. Typically, students referred are not more than two years behind their peers, but this is negotiable depending on each school's needs. 
  • Teachers share the child's reading level and literacy support needs with ESLC Site Coordinators, all of whom are educators. 
  • Students receive consistent 20- to 30-minute tutoring sessions for 2 to 4 days per week.
  • ESLC Site Coordinators work with each school to create a tutoring schedule for learners.
  • Tutoring sessions focus on the following but may be supplemented by ESLC Site Coordinators as needed:
    • PreK: Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Oral Vocabulary  (conversation)
    • Kindergarten: Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Sight Words, and Beginning Reading
    • 1st Grade: Phonemic Awareness, Sight Words, and Decodable Texts
    • 1st-4th Grades: Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
  • AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides vetted and tested program materials for tutoring.
  • Tutor settings are determined by each school partner as pull out or push in. If the program is pull-out and requires someone to "bring" children to a space outside the child's classroom, the school is asked to provide a staff member to bring children to tutoring. 
  • Teachers complete a brief pre- and post-Social Emotional Learning (SEL) questionnaire for each student referred for tutoring.
  • Before tutoring begins, teachers provide the Site Coordinator with each child’s instructional reading level, the phonetic spelling of children’s names, and the language(s) spoken at home. All of this information helps ESLC pair learners with Literacy Mentors.
  • Teachers provide reading baseline assessments at the beginning of the year, and growth assessment data for each child in the winter and spring. Using your data to report to our funders makes also it possible to compare ESLC participating childlren to national and school peers, and aligns ESLC to your goals. 

If you would like to invite ESLC to partner with your school, please contact ESLC Director of Strategic Development, Paul, at (651) 793-7311.