Due to Covid-related shutdowns, New Jersey students lost ~30 percent of expected learning in ELA and ~36 percent in math in SY 2020-21.
The New Jersey Tutoring Corps is a high-dosage, small-group, tutoring program launched by Overdeck Family Foundation in partnership with the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, The College of New Jersey, the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey, and the Y Alliance of New Jersey.
The Corps, which incorporated best practices from research and other statewide tutoring initiatives, was designed to accelerate learning recovery for students impacted by pandemic-related learning losses. The program effectively increased math proficiency and excitement for math among participants, as well as grew knowledge and understanding of math instruction and teaching practice amongst tutors. It also provided leadership opportunities for practicing teachers as Site Coordinators.
Originally piloted during the summer of 2021 with math tutoring at 23 sites, the program plans to scale in SY 2021-22, serving 42 sites with math and literacy tutoring.
Overdeck Family Foundation worked closely with the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund to launch the Tutoring Corps, providing additional funding to ensure that all interested students could be served. Additionally, we played a critical role in bringing all the partners to the table to design and implement the statewide program in just four short weeks.