Grand Valley Expands K-12 Virtual Tutoring Program

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ALLENDALE – A tutoring program launched by Grand Valley State University last year is being expanded to reach more students this school year.

The university’s K-12 Connect program was launched in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, more than 2,400 students have taken part in more than 15,000 tutoring sessions as part of a pilot homework assistance program, which will be offered again from Monday, October 4.

GVSU adds two more programs to K-12 Connect – Homework Help Plus and Targeted Reading Tutoring.

The Homework Help Program offers free, virtual, one-on-one tutoring and is open to any student in the state of Michigan. Tutors for this program are not guaranteed and are available on a first come, first served basis. To register, go to gvsu.edu/k-12-connect.

The tutors of the homework assistance program are volunteers, usually GVSU students. They must complete a background check from GVSU before being approved as a guardian.

K-12 Connect’s two new programs allow districts to guarantee tutoring hours for their students by contracting with GVSU for a set number of hours.

With Homework Help Plus, districts can purchase a set number of weekly hours to connect GVSU tutors with their K-12 students. Tutoring can take place day or night.

K-12 Connect services will begin on October 4, but services can be started any time during the school year, according to GVSU.

Targeted Reading Tutorial is intended for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Districts can contract with GVSU for one-on-one virtual tutoring for teaching reading. The university said students would benefit from “evidence-based support in decoding, error correction, sound manipulation, vocabulary acquisition and comprehension strategies.”

Tutors for the two new programs are paid, GVSU said. The programs are open to all school districts, charter schools, private schools and community organizations.

Programming will begin on October 4, but services can be launched at any time during the school year. Tutoring will be offered virtually and, if possible, in person.

For more information, including how to participate, visit the K-12 Connect website.

– Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @SentinelMitch.



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