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Only about half of children who have been in foster care will earn a high school diploma by age 19. Those who live with numerous foster families and change schools often are likely to fall behind academically. Gayle Jordan, M.Ed., directs education services for PCHAS and finds that tutoring can make a large impact on school performance.
“One young lady decided she was going to buckle down this past year and she soared right into the sky,” Jordan says. “She improved in math by eight grade levels! We are extremely proud of her and celebrate all that she learned, not just about math but also about herself.”
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Tutor Linda Caldwell shared another recent success story: “One young man was particularly resistant to tutoring. I tried to make it fun by doing different things specifically for him and his interests, sometimes even having a favorite treat waiting for him upon his arrival. At the end of the year he’d jumped 2.5 grade levels in math. He was so proud of himself!”
The team began tutoring virtually, using Zoom, in April. “That allowed our team to stay connected with each student and their academic needs during a challenging time,” Jordan reports. “They were present with students as they worked through online programs for math, English and other subjects.”
This May, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, children who received tutoring from PCHAS increased their reading skills by over 20% and their math skills by over 26%. This summer, PCHAS will begin tutoring in the Foster Care Village to address any academic shortfalls caused by last semester’s distance learning arrangements with the children’s schools.