Mentors in Toledo Schools
What is Mentors in Toledo Schools?
Mentors in Toledo Schools has a history rooted in the Ohio Reads program. When that program ended, Jay Mirrow of Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim, asked the principal of Toledo Public School’s McKinley Elementary if he might revive the program at his school with a group of volunteers from the Temple and a group of Kindergarten through third grade students needing help with reading. The principal agreed and Mentors in Toledo Schools was born.
Over the past four years the program has expanded into five schools in TPS, McKinley, DeVeaux, Larchmont, Old Orchard and Sherman. The program now serves 250 Kindergarten through fourth grade students with nearly 200 volunteers from several faith communities and businesses including the Temple, Cedar Creek Church and the Area Office on Aging.
Mentors in Toledo Schools employs a program manager and ten site coordinators that serve in the schools to ensure that teachers, students and mentors are receiving a positive experience. The program’s success is attributed to working side-by-side with teachers to gather lessons for students that need extra help with literacy skills. Students are released during the school day for one-on-one mentoring sessions so that nothing going on in class is missed. Instead these mentors are providing individualized support on the same class lessons their peers are experiencing but that teachers simply cannot do with a class size of 25 or more students. Mentors can dedicate up to four days per week, two hours per day to mentoring but the mentoring schedule is flexible to accommodate personal needs with a dedicated number of individuals providing time to the program.
For more information about how Mentors in Toledo Schools is building skills for student success in literacy, click on the 2015-2016 school year report.