April 26, 2013 |
Synergy may be one of the more overexposed buzzwords of our era. But it's an inescapable theme in the story behind Workstream, the online-tutoring app that won first-place honors - and $5,000 in seed money - for a team of high schoolers at Tuesday's Switch Philly. First, put six students in a Saturday program at Temple University designed to stir their interest in math, science, and engineering. Then invite them to brainstorm for a "hackathon" focused on developing apps or other products addressing problems in our educational system.
October 14, 1998 |
Debra Kohn of the Center City law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrew and Ingersoll, talks yesterday with Shonte Valentine, 6, a first-grader at Waring Elementary School, in Kohn's building on Market Street. Kohn and Valentine are linked by Philadelphia Reads, a program to help students with their reading. Kohn's firm will read to students every Tuesday during the school term.
August 11, 1986 |
WANTED: At least four state-certified teachers willing to take on an unusual challenge - teach MOVE children state-approved curriculum 5 1/2 hours a day for 180 days a year. Write or apply in care of MOVE at 1630 S. 56th St. Such an ad might appear in a newspaper these days as four mothers and a lawyer scramble to find tutors to meet state requirements to teach nine MOVE children. The mothers - one MOVE member and three sympathizers of the cult - asked for an extension to Thursday of a hearing in Family Court so they might submit three or four additional names of tutors to the School District for approval.
September 28, 1989 |
Starting next month, Chester County's juvenile-court master will have a new weapon against delinquency: tutors. Susan Gilhooly will be able to order troubled teenagers into a tutoring program designed to improve their school performance. Her theory is that many youths get into trouble or drop out of school because they have gotten behind and no one bothers to help them catch up. "For the kids we have, half the time there's no place to study. When there's a question, there's nobody to ask," she said.
March 13, 2001 |
With 300 students enrolled and 56 on the waiting list, the Adult Literacy Program at the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library is a success. But, organizers have found, success brings added challenges. "We would love to have 56 tutors," program coordinator Sue Calio said. "I would say [that] at any given time we're looking for 50 tutors - that would be our dream - but the waiting list would continue to grow. We have an ongoing need. " Calio said that the program, which helps Spanish-speaking residents learn to read and write English, has become much more popular in recent years and that requests to enter it are not slowing down.
February 28, 1990 |
In a noisy, cheerful junior high school cafeteria, where youngsters worked with donated materials and their tutors showed no tolerance for unruliness, a 9-year-old girl chortled, "I beat you, I beat you," as she rolled up points in Scrabble that put her far ahead of her tutor, Gail Johnson. Nearby, a 13-year-old boy who came with no books debated Black History Month with his tutor, Roderick Blair. And three other tutors quietly discussed how to handle an 11-year-old girl, who had been upset by a fight at school and cried on the bus. What the children have in common is the absence in their lives of anything remotely related to stability.
December 21, 1989 |
Because of lower state funding, the Avon Grove Area school board is expected to reduce the number of hours tutors may work with students needing remedial help. The state reduced the amount of money the school district will receive for its TELLS program this year from $28,878 to $19,183. At a meeting Tuesday, the school board said it was committed to continuing the program despite the budget cuts. "You can always use more money, but we will do the job we can with the money provided," Superintendent Ronald J. Ferrari said.
September 28, 1999 |
Defending national champion Tennessee, which in recent years has uncovered cheating in its advanced-degree programs and a telephone card-fraud scandal among its athletes, is now investigating whether tutors did schoolwork for football players. Tennessee president J. Wade Gilley, who started his job last month, said yesterday the school is following "normal procedure and has turned this matter over to the [university's] general counsel's office for review. Once this review is complete, the university will announce its findings and, if necessary, take appropriate action.
August 19, 1997 |
The Volunteer English Program in Chester County will sponsor a three-session, nine-hour training workshop for those who wish to tutor English as a second language to an adult immigrant. The workshop will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Church St., West Chester, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 16, 18 and 23. Prospective tutors must attend all three. For more information or to register, call 610-640-4699. TRIBUTE Beth Israel Congregation, 385 Pottstown Pike, Eagle, will honor Herbert Baer, a longtime member of the congregation active for many years in the Coatesville community, at special Shabbat services Friday at 8 p.m. Baer is moving to the Boston area.
December 3, 1989 |
Doreen Johnson sat in the third row of a Villanova University biology lab bent over her textbook. To her right sat Sandra Zeigler, who offered a few words of encouragement and help with Johnson's math problem. Johnson, in a navy blue Villanova sweatshirt and dark blue slacks, and Zeigler, dressed in a sweater and jeans, looked like typical college students helping each other study. But Johnson is a high school student being tutored by Zeigler, a Villanova sophomore.