ERIC Number: ED466308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Success...One Child at a Time.
Berry, Jennifer Deitz
This report describes the Chance To Succeed program, a peer tutoring program in which elementary students are paired with sixth or seventh graders who have been carefully selected and trained to be tutors. The program, implemented at an elementary school in California, is supported by Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that uses private funds to support innovative pilot education projects. Each year, teachers select 10 fourth- and fifth-graders whose math and reading test scores are almost at grade level and pair them with trained sixth- or seventh-graders. The tutors guide younger students through their homework and help them with reading during 1-hour sessions after school 4 days a week. The tutors, selected on the basis of high grades and friendliness and responsible behavior in class, are paid $25 per month for their efforts. The 2-week training program for tutors includes observations of their tutee in class, interviews with the tutee's teachers, discussions of strategies for working with younger students, and role-playing how they will interact with tutees. Benefits have been identified for both the younger and older students. For younger students, teachers see changes in their study habits and motivation. Older students have an opportunity to sharpen their academic and social skills and build their confidence and self-esteem. Improvements in the students' achievement on state-mandated math and English tests over the preceding 2 years have also been partially attributed to this tutoring program. (KB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, High Risk Students, Peer Relationship, Peer Teaching, Program Descriptions, Student Improvement, Tutoring
Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., 2502 Rocky Point Drive, Suite 880, Tampa, FL 33607. Tel: 813-282-1966; Fax: 813-282-1679.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Plan for Social Excellence, Inc. Tampa, FL.