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Tutors Provide Struggling Learners One-on-One Attention
Date: July 26, 2016 10:29AM

Tutors Provide Struggling Learners One-on-One Attention

Wisconsin Department of Corrections collaborates with Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. to train literacy tutors for academic programs. Tutors are trained using Pro-Literacy of America standards. DOC participates in the 1200 Tutors which is a grant opportunity that Wisconsin Literacy and Alliant Energy provide to participating agencies. Tutors are trained to assist people with low or no literacy levels in their communities. Tutors help people learn to read signs, read recipes, read the bible, pass drivers tests, pass citizenship exams, pass GED testing, or achieve any literacy goal the student has.

The inmate tutors who are trained and work in institution classrooms bring a wealth of background knowledge from prior employment and life experiences. Previous tutors working in my school were a Masters level Engineer working with College Math students, Bachelors level Liberal Arts tutors working with HSED and Special Education students, former members of the military who model self-discipline in addition to literacy skills that many of my students do not possess.

Tutors are held to a higher standard in the school setting because they are also role-models for students. They are required to possess a high level of academic performance, exhibit behavior that is exemplary, have the patience of a saint, and be able to become non-partisan when disagreements between teacher and students occur.

Graduation speeches by students often include heartfelt thank you’s to tutors who have helped them be successful in the academic setting. Teachers with full classes of students appreciate the one-on-one attention tutors give to struggling learners.

by: Mary Pohlman, KMCI

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