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Perspectives — High Dosage Tutoring + In-home Learning = Accelerated Learning

By Jim Wambach
November 18, 2022

Empowering Parents to Play an Essential Role in Their Child’s Accelerated Learning
Parental supported in-home learning leads to accelerated learning.

Lost learning time due to COVID impacted children who were already behind—disproportionately young children of color—more than their peers. As a result, they fell further behind in reading and math.

The Nation’s Report Card revealed a sobering fact about the impact of the COVID pandemic. According to the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report, not only have nine-year-olds between 2020 and 2022 reported significant declines in reading and math. What is worse, children who were already behind—disproportionately young children of color—fell further behind their peers.

As a community, it is urgent that we provide the environment and tools that result in accelerated learning for these children. When we do, they will more quickly recover from COVID-related learning loss.

In the Oakland schools we serve, many children are three or more grade levels behind, feeling frustrated and losing confidence in their ability to learn.

Will you take me by the hand?

What if you were sitting in Jeyla’s second-grade class, feeling lost…wishing you had someone who could help you understand the letters and numbers her teacher keeps talking about.

Who would take you by the hand?

Your gift today can send Jeyla her very own tutor.

As a community, it is urgent that we provide the environment and tools that result in accelerated learning for these children. When we do, they will more quickly recover from COVID-related learning loss.

If we don’t, many more children living in the lowest-income areas of Oakland are in danger of failing and dropping out of school as they fall further behind in middle school and high school in the coming years.

Free, high-quality tutoring, teacher curriculum adaptation, and parents—more so than ever—must all be part of the solution during this extraordinary time.

Creating the Path to High Dosage Tutoring
One-on-one, high dosage tutoring leads to accelerated learning.

High dosage tutoring is a proven way to provide accelerated learning and a pathway to overcoming significant learning gaps.

Current data shows the tremendous impact of high dosage tutoring. Math and reading tutoring programs must focus on foundational skill building and implement an evidenced-based curriculum. When they do, children can achieve up to two and a half years of additional math and reading learning in one year. Schools that implement high-quality tutoring can close the achievement gap between high- and low-income students by 50 percent and reduce math course failure by 63 percent! *

However, most parents aren’t likely to think their child needs this type of support. In May of 2022, a staggering 92 percent of parents—regardless of race, income, or education level—believed their child was performing at or above grade level in reading and math. There is a clear disconnect between the data and parental perceptions.

The disconnect is primarily due to ineffective communication. When parents are given information that shows their child is performing below grade level, the percentage of parents who said they would take advantage of tutoring to support their child doubled!

Family Engagement is the Missing Piece to Accelerated Learning
When caregivers play a role in their child's academic success, accelerated learning is achieved.

It’s long overdue that we think about the role families play in student success. We need to partner with families so they may further develop the skills, confidence, and tools needed to accelerate their child’s learning.

In addition to tutoring, improving family in-home learning support is a critical component to helping the kids catch up with their math and reading skills. For children growing up in low-income areas, their parents and caregivers often struggle more than others to provide the right level of in-home learning support. All of these parents care deeply. Unfortunately, many don’t have the confidence, training, or access to quality in-home learning materials necessary to reinforce and coach what their children are learning in school.

We must provide these parents and caregivers with critical information about how far behind their child is in reading and math. They need to know what their child is being taught in school. And they need access to in-home learning tools and coaching in order to reinforce that teaching and accelerate their child’s learning.

Engaged family members will substantially improve their children’s likelihood of catching up to grade level and build the all-important self-confidence needed to become an active, engaged learner—with a much more fair chance of realizing long-term success in school and life.

Informed, engaged family members with the right tools will substantially improve their children’s likelihood to catch up to grade level and build the all-important self-confidence needed to become an active, engaged learner—with a much more fair chance of realizing long-term success in school and life.

It’s long overdue to not just think about the role families play in student success when we are in absolute crisis mode, but in ongoing, sustaining, culturally affirming ways. It’s time to take the blinders off and empower parents to play an essential role in their child’s education.

* The Hill – BIBB HUBBARD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 09/13/22
Bibb Hubbard founded Learning Heroes to help parents most effectively advocate on behalf of their children’s educational success.

If you are interested in tutoring an eager child, learn more about opportunities with Children Rising.

 I want to learn more about online reading or math clinics to see if tutoring is right for me!

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New Hires! New Program! Welcome Pia, Sophia, Tai, and FamilyBridge

By Eric Steckel
November 10, 2022

Improving and Expanding Services to Children, Youth, and Families

At the beginning of the school year, Children Rising welcomed two new members to our program team—Pia Dandan, Program Manager for Succeeding by Reading, and Tai Dillard, Program Director of our all-new program FamilyBridge. We also welcomed Sophia Hutson Wambach as our new Manager of Volunteer Services.

The addition of these talented, passionate, and compassionate professionals improves our ability to provide essential learning enrichment services to children and youth and expands our capacity to serve families in our programs. In addition, it provides opportunities for many more caring members of the community to come alongside children and youth and enable them to rise to their God-given potential.

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Pia, Sophia, and Tai.

Pia Dandan
Pia Dandan, Program Manager for Succeeding by Reading

“As an educator, my goal is for children to be confident, competent, and ready as they face the next stage in school and life.”

As the Program Manager for Succeeding by Reading, Pia is a tutoring Clinic Coordinator at school sites and provides vital program management support.

Before joining Children Rising, Pia had fourteen years of experience in early childhood education and worked in various Catholic Schools and Head Start programs as a Preschool teacher and Preschool Director. She majored in Human Development at California State University East Bay, completed her master’s degree in Human Development specializing in Administration and Human Services in Pacific Oaks, and earned her Child Development director permit.

One of her favorite parts of being a preschool teacher is starting with circle time to captivate the children into learning their letters using zoo phonics and reading their favorite books. During the summer breaks, she tutored students between the ages of four and six to prepare them for the next school year. Pia is passionate about closing the educational gap and improving children’s self-confidence as they learn more.

Pia grew up in Manila and moved to the East Bay in 2001 with her mom and six siblings. In her spare time, she volunteers at senior centers or San Jose Airport with her dog Charlie and plans a road trip once a month with her converted camper van.

Will you take me by the hand?

What if you were sitting in Jeyla’s second-grade class, feeling lost…wishing you had someone who could help you understand the letters and numbers her teacher keeps talking about.

Who would take you by the hand?

Your gift today can send Jeyla her very own tutor.

Sophia Hutson Wambach
Sophia Hutson Wambach, Manager of Volunteer Resources

Sophia provides opportunities for many more caring members of the community to come alongside children and youth.

As Manager of Volunteer Resources, Sophia is responsible for recruiting and welcoming the caring volunteers that come to serve children in our Oakland schools. She collaborates closely with Children Rising program directors to ensure they have appropriate levels of volunteer staffing to support literacy and numeracy learning for the kids. Before joining the Children Rising staff, Sophia volunteered since January 2020 as a Development Associate, a Volunteer Management Associate, and a CareerBridge Mentor.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management and has over 30 years of experience in administration and operations management, human resources and staff management, and budget planning.

In her free time, Sophia teaches Haiku poetry. She applies her artistic passion to creating beautiful cards for fundraising events and nonprofit organizations like Meals on Wheels. Her handmade cards provide joy and inspiration to homebound seniors, especially during these trying times.

Tai Dillard
Tai Dillard, Program Director FamilyBridge

“In partnering with families, the FamilyBridge program celebrates the uniqueness of each family, of which the child is an extension.”

Tai Dillard, Program Director of FamilyBridge, brings to our community over 12 years of experience advocating for families and children. As a developmental specialist in Frisco, TX, she assessed children from birth to three years old for developmental delays and helped families navigate early intervention services.

Like all of the Children Rising family, she is gratified to experience children light up academically. For several years, Tai served as a math tutor in underserved areas of Cobb County, Ga. She delights in the activation of potential as children gain confidence in literacy and numeracy and aspire to academic goals that once seemed elusive.

Tai, a native of Columbus, OH, earned a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Economics from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, Tai enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and visiting museums.

FamilyBridge

We know that when families are an integral part of their child’s education, they can confidently nurture and advocate for their child’s academic success.

FamilyBridge Parent and Child

Family engagement enables parents and caregivers to discover their agency, develop the skills and confidence to support learning at home, and advocate for their child within the school system.

Children Rising developed FamilyBridge to empower parents and caregivers in our public schools most affected by poverty, violence and educational inequity. Through family engagement, our goal is to partner with families so they may further develop the skills, confidence, and tools needed to accelerate their child’s learning, and advocate for their vision of their child’s academic growth.

Launched at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, FamilyBridge will provide families access to advanced in-home learning tools and support specifically designed for elementary school students. With additional resources, children will achieve accelerated, predictable growth in literacy and numeracy skills. Parents and caregivers will develop increased confidence and the ability to provide academic support to their children at home. The confidence boost for young learners will result in lasting, improved outcomes for post-elementary education learning.

Thanks to your support, Children Rising has improved and expanded the caring services we provide to children, youth, and families in our community schools.

If you are interested in mentoring an eager youth, learn more about opportunities with Children Rising.

 I want to learn more about CareerBridge to see if mentoring is right for me!

I want to help fund Children Rising tutoring and mentoring programs to empower more children this year!

I'm Interested in Volunteering and would like more information