"My tutor always tells me to try my best and keep going." ~Max, 3rd Grade
Relational, Engaging, Collaborative, and Communicative
In order to best meet the needs of our students, a primary goal of Catalyst is to build relationships and partnerships between administrators, teachers, parents, tutors, and students. This is done through on-going updates, including quarterly parent letters, that highlight student progress and attendance reports. Catalyst also works with teachers to receive monthly updates for tutors regarding student progress and academic need, so that tutors can focus on meeting the specific needs of the individual students they are serving.
Additionally, tutors focus on building relationships and setting expectations with students, in order to help build their confidence and engage them in their lessons. Tutors focus on building students’ skills in Math, English Language Arts (literacy and writing), and Spanish Language Literacy, by utilizing assessment data, teacher feedback, and by using engaging, online supplemental tools. Catalyst also encourages collaboration not only with teachers, but also among Catalyst staff. Tutors meet bimonthly to discuss student progress, share what is working in their sessions, and ask questions about how to best serve their students, based on what they are seeing in their sessions. Topics of conversation are also centered on subjects related to students’ needs, including Trauma Informed practices, Socio-emotional learning, and behavior management. Finally, Catalyst provides surveys to parents, teachers, students, and administrators in order to assess tutoring program progress and address any areas in need of improvement.
Professional Development Tutors receive training in the following areas:
Trauma informed practices
Latest trends in literacy, with an emphasis on Phonics and the Science of Reading practices
How to engage learners through the use of supplemental, online tools
Social Emotional Learning Practices
Tier II Contractor Required Courses
Other best practices topics based on evidence and research based practices
Assessments and Progress Monitoring In the 2023-24 school year, Catalyst will begin utilizing Renaissance’s STAR Assessments for ongoing student progress monitoring. Tutors will also have access to Renaissance's exhaustive library of lessons tied directly to student assessment data, that targets specific areas of deficiency, for each student. Grades, formal, and informal assessments will also be utilized to monitor student progress, during the school year.
Parent, Administration/Teacher, and Student Surveys are also used to assess program efficacy and provide more context for student growth.
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