At PS 335, Tutoring America grants have allowed the school to provide all students with Instructional Technology in the form of laptops for individual use at school. PS 335 has a vision and believes that providing Instructional Technology will increase opportunities for our students and our community today and tomorrow. Providing opportunities to enhance student learning through Instructional Technology allows students and families to realize their true potential and give them equal access to technology and knowledge – which in turn can open vast opportunities that will impact their futures.
The laptops will be primarily used by students for receiving additional Academic Interventions through SuccessMaker and similarly targeted software programs for the sole purpose on closing the achievement gap in all academic areas (ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Digital Media).
The Riverside Hawks academic/athletic program is a year-round organization serving more than 300 boys and girls who live primarily in the New York Metropolitan area. Founded in 1961, the Riverside Hawks have long been nationally recognized for its success and leadership in the field of youth development.
New York Lightning is one of New York City’s most successful grassroots programs of its kind. NY Lightning consists of both male and female athletes ranging from grade school through high school. Members come from all across the Tri-State area as well as internationally and are expected to work diligently in the classroom as well as on the court. They use
basketball to help their athletes earn opportunities to achieve college scholarships and they provide tutoring services to ensure their students’ academic success. Tutoring America provided Lightning with a grant that allowed them to hire a Director, train tutors and mentors, purchase laptops, educational software and other equipment.
Holmes Community College (HCC) is a public community college serving Holmes county in the Mississippi Delta region. HCC provides innovative educational and cultural opportunities to its constituents through campus-based and distance education programs. The college seeks to prepare its students for university transfer, productive employment and lifelong learning by offering an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical certificates and career certificates as well as workforce training. Holmes, whose primary commitment is to excellence in all areas, offers affordable, equal access to higher education in an attractive, secure, multi-campus environment. Tutoring America has provided HCC with a substantial grant that funds software, computers, tutors, and student stipends to improve the college’s high school equivalency program.
Delta Streets Academy was established in 2012 Greenwood, Mississippi, with the vision of transforming the Mississippi Delta. They aim to provide a safe, structured environment, filled with high-quality educators, centered on building men of character to lead the Mississippi Delta in the future.
Delta Streets Academy embodies and promotes the spirit of individual excellence through the highest quality teachers, broad based family and community support, and Biblically based programs. Delta Streets Academy is the alternative school of choice enabling children to reach their full potential and perform successfully on standardized testing at the national level. Tutoring America has provided Delta Streets Academy with a grant to ensure that every student has access to a good education.
St. Mary Magdalen is a Catholic, co-educational school of empowerment. Students engage in a dynamic academic experience preparing them for college and heaven. SMMS cultivates a growth mindset, bilingualism, multiculturalism and strong character inspired by the gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. SMMS offers opportunities to grow in excellence through diverse extracurricular programs, including Athletics, Clubs, and the SuccessMaker Academic Excellence Program. SMMS prepares and supports Pre-K3 through 8th grade students to excel in high school and college through the Graduate Support Program.
Rockhouse Foundation has raised and expended well over $3 million since its inception in 2004, renovating, expanding and modernizing public schools in western Jamaica. The Foundation focuses its resources on early childhood and primary education. Thus far, the organization has transformed five Jamaican schools and built the Negril Public Library. Two of its schools in particular have received awards and commendation for their achievements since joining the Rockhouse Foundation network of partner schools. Both were underperforming rural schools, equally at risk of closure because of poor performance and low enrollment—and both schools now boast full enrollment and are amongst the best rated schools in the region.
In 2015, Tutoring America (with support from the Jay Hatfield Family Foundation) provided Rockhouse Foundation with the largest grant in its history to implement a computer-based literacy and numeracy program called SuccessMaker in support of these two schools. SuccessMaker’s implementation and overall technical expertise has been driven and supervised by Foundation board member, Ian Coville. Now in its second year, all students in 1-6th grades at the Moreland Hill and Little Bay Schools devote several hours weekly on this powerful and engaging platform improving their math and reading skills. SuccessMaker is designed to allow each student to work at their own pace, advancing through each achievement level only when they have demonstrated proficiency and clear understanding of the underlying competencies.
Children in Jamaica usually have very limited access to robust technology. Rockhouse Foundation believes that all children deserve 21st century skills to compete in a global economy, and that reading, writing and math are foundational to becoming fulfilled, self-determining members of society. SuccessMaker is a potent and effective platform that complements the heroic everyday work of the great teaching staff at both schools.