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High Impact Tutoring Program - Science/Math

During the 2020-2021 school year,  COVID-19’s impacts have fallen unevenly, and many reports show that they appear to be deepening disparities in educational opportunity and achievement.

The High Impact Tutoring program targets students who are struggling in science or math and who may not have the resource from home to support them. Our approach has always been working directly with teachers. Teachers identify students who need intervention, and our tutors work with a small group of students or one-on-one to help with their science or math assignments. 


What's the commitment from volunteers?

Location: Goleta Valley Junior High

- One to two 45-minute sessions per week for a 10 week period, in-person or online tutoring.

- Support junior high school students in Science and Math. 

- Report progress to teachers at the end of each session.  

Icebreaker Activity - Tutors and students built a wave machine to learn about how waves transfer energy!



"Vicki and her tutors have provided essential support to students over the past several months. Before any tutors began with students, VIcki was clear and cohesive in her email and phone communications to make sure that both groups — tutors and students — were well-prepared. We discussed the intention for tutoring, as well as factors for making sure the sessions were productive and efficient. During tutoring sessions, Vicki and her tutors were patient, encouraging, deeply knowledgeable, and professional. Students reported enjoying the sessions and getting the support they needed to complete assignments, prepare for tests, and feel more successful. Vicki was also cognizant of the importance of building relationships between tutors and students and tried her best to pair students with the same tutors while still accounting for the various topics students needed to cover in math and science. She and her tutors constantly sought feedback and offered valuable feedback to me as well. My students and I thoroughly appreciate the time and effort Vicki's team has put into our class and look forward to working with her in the future."

- J.Ferrer, AVID teacher, GVJH

"The service Vicki and her team are providing for our students is invaluable. One of the challenges of working with junior high students that are not doing well in their classes is that they are very timid and unsure of how to ask for help. This year has been an exceptionally difficult year to offer students extra help due to the distant learning format. It is more difficult getting students to open up and explain when and how they need help. Since Vicki and her team have joined our class as tutors, a number of students have actually begun to advocate for themselves. One student in particular has since reached out to me and asked for another time he can get help. He requested more tutoring with her team and has shown improvement because of the tutoring. The tutoring support students are getting is making a difference. I am grateful for the support and help Vicki and her team are giving my students. "

- D. H., AVID teacher, GVJH

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