Building the School Community with Community Partners
Schools frequently like to partner with outside community organizations to provide additional supports and assistance to students. Community organizations such as places of worship, YMCAs, business members, and civic clubs enjoy giving back to schools and helping kids. Tutoring is a direct way to both help in academics and to provide mentorships.
While good intentions are the norm, complications arise in effectively managing such partnerships. Some examples:
- Information to help students is frequently siloed and hard to find.
- Consent and permissions need to be buttoned up. Student privacy always needs to be protected.
- Communication between partners (such as tutors) and teachers, parents, and students can present challenges.
- Often there is no efficient way to track attendance of students attending your program.
- Measuring the effectiveness of the partner program is difficult.
At Abre, we’ve worked towards solving these complications. How? By bringing community partners into the platform!
Say you’re a tutor with the community organization called “Kids First”. Kids First has partnered with your neighborhood school district to provide tutoring services for the local elementary school. As part of that partnership, Kids First and their volunteers are added to Abre by the school.
How does this work for you? Abre keeps it simple.
Login & Access
You visit your district’s Abre site and log in with the Google or Microsoft email the district has from you. No need to create a new username or password. Just use what you already have!
Once logged in, you’re greeted with announcements from the school. These announcements are tailored to you. They provide a means for the school to keep in touch with you.
Say Daisy is the student you’re tutoring. You navigate to your Kids First Program. Clicking on the students’ tab, you search for Daisy and add her to your tutoring group.
Meanwhile, the school sees you’ve made this request. They reach out to Daisy’s parents to get consent to share information. Once consent is granted you will be able to view the allowable student data.
Information and Action
Let’s say you have permission to see Student Assessment data. You can now dive into the assessment results for Daisy to see her areas of strength and those areas where she may need additional supports. You may also be granted the ability to view her attendance data so you can be aware of and address any attendance issues.
Now you can see how Daisy is doing in Language Arts. You know that she struggled with the past week’s test, especially with the standard about how authors unfold ideas and events that are related to a story.
Knowing this, you adjust your tutoring accordingly.
You also can take attendance when Daisy shows up for tutoring. This helps the school and her teachers understand how much help she may (or may not) be getting outside of the classroom. It also enables you to see patterns for support.
Help. In a Good Way.
By having a central, secure, and simple platform to use, you have tools to help tutor efficiently. All of which helps the student grow and learn.