GSE Partners with Local School to Provide Tutoring

Posted: January 11, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

As part of a U.S. Department of Education Gear-Up Grant, George Mason education professors and admissions staff members are teaming up with Ellen Glasgow Middle School to help prepare its students for college. Glasgow students are from highly diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. George Mason’s major role is to develop a volunteer tutoring project to train members of the community, local police, businesses, and parents to tutor Glasgow students in literacy and mathematics.

Betty Sturtevant, coordinator of the Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) middle/secondary education and literacy programs and principal investigator for the project, will oversee the creation of a tutoring course to deliver to volunteers every semester. The volunteers will work directly with students in community centers over the five-year period of the project, which follows the students as they progress through the 10th grade.

GSE professors Paula Johnson, Kristy Dunlap, Julie Kidd, and Stephen White will develop, monitor, revise, and implement the tutoring course over the next five years. Through a new course with a service component, GSE students also may get involved as tutors.

George Mason also will provide admissions information sessions, orientations, and financial planning services that will enable these middle school students and their families to plan ahead for college. “Many middle school students don’t think about going to college and don’t start planning early enough,” says Sturtevant. “By starting with them in the 6th grade, rather than when they are seniors in high school, we can make sure they are prepared.”

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