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IDOE Launches Statewide Math and English/Language Arts Tutoring Grant Program – Muncie Journal

By the Indiana Department of Education—

MCS will provide $250 per student so that eligible students receive the full $1,000 in services.

INDIANAPOLISThe Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) today announced the launch of Indiana Learns, a statewide grant program that will provide eligible families with up to $1,000 to spend for one-to-one heavy-duty math and English/language tuition and approved college study outside of school. programs for their students. The goal of the initiative is to increase access to effective, out-of-school academic support to help students recover from the learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Parents and families play such an important role in a child’s education, not only by reading to them and supporting them at home, but also through additional high-quality tutoring to further support their learning,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. . “As we continue to make historic investments in education, this grant will increase access to tutoring opportunities for our students who need it most, regardless of a parent’s or family’s ability to afford that extra support.”

Earlier this year, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1251 to create a micro-grant program for families that could provide additional academic support to students most academically impacted by the COVID pandemic. -19. IDOE selected The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization, as a partner to manage the two-year program.

“Indiana Learns is excited to connect with families, schools, and community partners to share how the program can positively impact student learning,” said Seana Murphy, Senior Director of Indiana Learns. “These tutoring scholarships empower families to choose engaging, high-quality tutoring for their students. We look forward to partnering with families and schools to help Hoosier students succeed.

Findings from a study conducted by the National Assessment Center in conjunction with the IDOE show that students experienced a moderate to significant academic impact in English/Language Arts and a significant impact in Mathematics as a result of school disruptions. learning related to the pandemic. After a year of intensive support, the results show that learning stabilizes or improves for many students. However, proficiency rates for specific student populations, including black, Hispanic, English-learner, low-income, and students with disabilities, remain significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels as well as their grade-level peers. school.

Student Qualifications
To be eligible for an Indiana Learns Tutoring Scholarship, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Legally reside in Indiana,
  • Be enrolled in an accredited traditional public, charter, or non-public school,
  • Qualify for the free or reduced federal lunch, and
  • have marked below competence in Mathematics and English/Language Arts on ILEARN as a third or fourth year student in 2022.
    • Note: The competency approach will not qualify.

Once a family registers with IndianaLearns.org, they can manage their account and find participating learning partners on an online platform that will be available by Saturday, October 1. The platform will also include support resources.

Funds can be used for approved virtual and in-person tutoring opportunities listed on the online platform. Examples of eligible expenses are one-to-one tuition, small group classes, or education-focused camps held during school vacations.

Schools and funding match
All qualified and participating students will receive a one-time $500 scholarship. Traditional public, charter, and accredited non-public schools in Indiana have the opportunity to help maximize the impact of the grants in their community by contributing an additional $250 to eligible student accounts at their school or corporation. When schools make this local contribution, the State of Indiana will provide an additional $250 match, giving families a total of $1,000 in their accounts.

Indiana Learns will provide outreach and informational resources to schools in the coming weeks. Schools can also support eligible students by actively encouraging families to enroll and use the program.

“At MSD of Decatur Township, we strongly believe that investing resources in increased educational opportunities for students will equate to greater academic achievement,” said Dr. Matt Prusiecki, Superintendent of MSD of Decatur Township. “We are Decatur proud to partner with the IDOE and The Mind Trust to give our students the solid foundation they need in reading and math, so they can truly be ready for tomorrow. Through matching grant funds from our district, Decatur students will have the resources they need to support their lifelong learning as an extension of the school day. »

“As the superintendent of the largest school district in the state — and a former teacher myself — I know that tutoring builds subject understanding, builds confidence, and reinforces important learning skills,” said Dr. Aleesia Johnson, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. “This grant will provide students with additional individualized attention. This will help children who are struggling to keep up and provide the extra educational boost that all students need. I am especially proud that IPS was among the first school districts to partner with IDOE to provide matching grants to students and families. This is yet another way to use our ESSER dollars to improve academic outcomes for IPS students.

“At Muncie Community Schools, we are already seeing the benefits of additional resources directed to individual student needs through our City Connects program, and I expect this new Indiana Learns program to have a similar effect,” said Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, Director of MCS. of Public Education and CEO. “By providing $250 to each eligible student to receive outside tutoring, we are maximizing resources for our most vulnerable students, which should have a broader positive impact on all of our learners.”

“Our Indiana students and their families can benefit greatly from this financial support from the Indiana General Assembly with a focus on academic success. We all recognize the impact the pandemic has had on student learning, and schools, families and communities can come together to support our students,” said Indiana Executive Director Dr. Todd Bess. Association of School Principals. “We also hope school corporations will provide the matching dollars through the grant program to enable our students to benefit more from academic support through state and local partners, and through our educators in Indiana who can directly tie the additional tutoring to the classroom. Hit.”

Learning Partner Qualifications and Approval Process
Learning Partners will go through an application and approval process before being listed as eligible vendors on the Indiana Learns platform. To become an Authorized Learning Partner, entities must:

  • Provide services outside normal school hours,
  • Use credentialed educators, such as licensed teachers, retired teachers, or prospective teachers currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program,
  • Have the ability to measure learning and provide weekly progress reports to parents and schools,
  • Be able to maintain a tutor-student ratio of 1:3,
  • Maintain a cost per student below $100 per hour/per student/per session,
  • Provide a minimum of 60 minutes of support each week and
  • To provide services on a reimbursement basis.

Learning partners will have access to a strong support infrastructure that includes the ability to leverage an online platform that will track student usage of grants and services received. These partners may include organizations that provide tutoring services, community groups, philanthropic organizations, institutions of higher education, or organizations that serve students with disabilities.

Additional information for families and interested learning partners can be found at IndianaLearns.org.

About Indiana Learns
Indiana Learns is a statewide micro-grants program dedicated to providing high-quality student support with the goal of positively impacting students’ math and English/language growth eligible. Funded by the State of Indiana, the program is operated by The Mind Trust on behalf of the Indiana Department of Education. Learn more at IndianaLearns.org.

About the Indiana Department of Education
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) oversees Indiana elementary and secondary schools throughout Indiana. IDOE is dedicated to providing quality and meaningful educational opportunities to all students to prepare them for lifelong success. For more information, visit www.in.gov/doe.

About The Mind Trust
The Mind Trust is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that works to build a school system that gives every student in Indianapolis, without exception, access to a high-quality education. The Mind Trust does this by creating a supportive environment for schools through political and community engagement, empowering talented and diverse educators to launch new schools, and providing existing schools with the support they need to hire new teachers. world-class talent and achieve excellence. Since 2006, The Mind Trust has supported the start of 45 schools, 15 nonprofit educational organizations, and helped place more than 1,750 teachers and school leaders in Indianapolis classrooms. Learn more at themindtrust.org.