We develop cost efficient, transportable, and replicable program templates to establish learning environments in diverse settings that provide students with academic support outside the school day. These support students so they will:
- Complete and turn in assignments
- Learn basic skills
- Acquire organizational and study skills
- Maintain a positive attitude and motivation regarding learning
- Meet and exceed state educational core curriculum standards
- Graduate from high school
- Be better prepared for post high school experiences
We help schools and communities set up:
- Preventive, solution-focused, academic support systems for students outside the school day.
- Additional learning opportunities to strengthen student’s skills.
- Learning environments conducive to work completion, academic skill building, and practice outside the school day.
- Systems to hold students accountable for turning in assignments on time.
- Parent assistance programs to help parents support and monitor their own student’s progress.
- Parent and student programs regarding readiness for college and beyond.
LEARNING LAB creates an academic culture in which all students learn to succeed founded on the knowledge that students learn in a variety of ways, in varied amounts of time, and need access to essential resources all of which are not available during the regular school day. Many students need more structure, stronger study skills, and various academic, social, and emotional support. These can be accomplished in close association with the schools while focusing on classroom achievement and standardized test results. Beginning with setting short term goals based on the individual student need, students focus on becoming proactive with their own learning. With the assistance of trained volunteers, students receive the help and guidance they need to achieve academic success. LEARNING LABs foster student motivation as they become more capable and assume more responsibility for their own learning.
The goals of LEARNING LAB include: regular assignment completion with grades of “C” or above, and development of student skills necessary for future academic success, including responsibility and accountability for their own learning. The LEARNING LAB Site Director teams with volunteers, parents, teachers and students to ensure communication is constant and learning goals are met. Its approach is based on previous success with the predecessor Kids in Training to Excel (KITE) and PATH to College Success programs and require frequent monitoring of student grades, consistent academic support, at least monthly parenting classes, and continually rewarding high academic achievement.
“PATH to College Success”
PATH to College Success was a three year project in collaboration with College Spark Washington and the Edmonds School District. Its purpose was to determine how all students can academically excel and be college ready. This project followed a group of 6th graders leaving elementary school through middle school and into high school.
The 3-year study established an academic culture among these students, taught them necessary study and test taking skills, and monitored their progress continuously. A major aspect of the study was holding these students accountable to the system and motivating them to excel. We will continue to follow these students for the next three years and into college.
To see additional grade results of the PATH students (2nd semester of 9th grade) please click here!
KITE: Kids in Training to Excel
KITE is a homework center, tutoring and mentoring program which helps multi-family communities set up study tables for their children after school. The KITE program is designed to provide mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment opportunities for youth in grades 6 through 9 outside of the school day. A certified high school teacher manages the twice-weekly study table program, while high school volunteers, adult volunteers, educational programs, and computer-based learning are used to facilitate academic support.
We have published an all inclusive 107 page “How To” manual which provides a template for setting up a homework study club (KITE program). This manual allows one to set up and operate a systematic, organized study table/tutoring program. The information contained in the manual is taken from our three year KITE program and includes material on site selection, personnel, and day-to-day operations. One of the most valuable features of the manual is a set of 35 study skill lessons in an easy to present format. Also included are numerous examples of forms, letters and newsletters which can be customized to fit individual needs.
Handbook of Academic Services
One of the greatest needs of parents, schools, and community groups, is easy access to knowledge about organizations that offer academic support to students outside the school day. ALO is publishing a handbook of services which will fulfill that need and will be made available to anyone wishing to assist students in making smart academic choices. It will feature agencies, service providers and organizations which provide academic support and enrichment outside the school day. It will also feature alternatives for high school credit retrieval and high school completion. These services provide one-time, part-time, or full-time assistance for students in grades K-12.
SES: Supplemental Educational Services
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed his education plan, No Child Left Behind, into law. The law united both political parties behind the principle that schools must be held accountable for their results and that every child must learn. As part of that law, when a disadvantaged child was attending a low performing school, federal funds were available to be used to provide supplemental educational services for that child.
As part of the “No Child Left Behind” Act, ALO contracted with the Washington State Department of Education and individual school districts to offer one-on-one tutoring to qualified students in grades K – 12. These students were enrolled in schools, which by state criteria, “needed improvement” during the 2009-2012 school years. For 3 years ALO had over 100 tutors who worked with over 1270 students in 20 school districts throughout Snohomish, King, Skagit, Benton, and Franklin Counties. One-on-one tutoring was offered 7 days a week at the convenience of the parent and the child. The parent could decide to receive academic instruction in the home, at school, at a local library or other place agreed upon between the parent, child, and the tutor.