Hundreds of students will benefit from a staff and student-led refresh of the Lewis-Palmer High School tutoring center in the 2022 spring semester alone.
According to Laura Stamp, who championed the creation of the Revitalized Tutoring Center at LPHS, more than 70 students have been served within the first few weeks of a soft launch and the more public debut.
“The center is now similar to a college tutoring center where anybody can come in for help with anything, and we will assess who the best tutor will be for that individual based on their learning style,” Stamp said.
Stamp said beyond inviting students in, they receive a list of students who may need assistance with various subjects, and she with the help of her 18 student tutors, creates a profile of those students to help build a program targeted at helping them in the best possible way.
“We review their attendance, grades, Emergenetics profile, and we gracefully excuse them from study hall,” Stamp said. “My role is to set a really high bar, to try all kinds of things and set our tutors and students up for success.”
Student tutors, who volunteer for the tutoring role and get class credit for their efforts, say they’ve already seen an impact on the students.
“We are now focused more on relational stance, we ask questions about the individual first,” said Autumn Bird, a senior. “Then we work on organizational skills and building confidence.”
Sophia Easton, a junior, said students are seeing a difference in their grades.
“When we started the Revitalized Tutoring Center process, we did intensive training on how to be tutors, we did one-on-one work and we did roleplay to prepare for working with students,” she said.
The team uses techniques to reward even small achievements, but the foundation they set is critical to keep students motivated and coming back, said Makena Norton, a senior.
“We learn about the whole client, through Emergenetics, and how they best work. It’s been big, and when students bring up their grade or turn in a late assignment, we put a marble in a jar.”
The jar is filling up quickly with marbles, and Stamp is proud of the work her students have accomplished in a short time.
“These guys have been incredibly graceful. When we started this work, our tutoring center wasn’t effective or efficient, and students wanted to know what was going on. When we established the Revitalized Tutoring Center structure, I explained what was going on, and offered the opportunity to drop the class due to the challenge,” Stamp said, noting her volunteer numbers remained strong as her students showed commitment to the work.
In late February, Stamp revealed the new tutoring center to the entire high school, bringing in students during their study hall periods to showcase the new space and system. She said she is tracking students served, their GPA at the start of tutoring and their GPA at the end of the year and other metrics to monitor the success of the program, which hadn’t been done before.
Moving forward, Stamp aims to bring in volunteers from key community groups to keep things fresh and to leverage innovative partnerships.