Tutoring with a Track Record of Success.
What makes Mentors in Toledo Schools (MiTS) so successful?
- It’s volunteer tutors working hand in hand with teachers to provide students with one-to-one literacy tutoring.
- It’s caring, consistent mentor/tutors providing individualized support on the same class lessons student’s peers are experiencing but that teachers simply cannot do with a class size of 25 or more students.
- It’s students spending time with well-trained literacy mentor/tutors during the school day, so nothing going on in class is missed but rather enhanced instead.
How does the program work?
Mentors in Toledo Schools employs a program manager and a host of site coordinators that serve in the schools to ensure that teachers, students and mentor/tutors are receiving a great experience. Volunteers can dedicate from one hour or two hours a month up to one to two hours or more per week to tutoring. The schedule is flexible to accommodate personal needs with a dedicated number of individuals providing time to the program. The program runs only during the school year, October-May, and follows a typical school schedule of holiday breaks.
Schools we served in 2019-2020: Arlington, DeVeaux, Escuela SMART/SMART school, Garfield, Larchmont, Longfellow, McKinley, Old Orchard, Queen of Apostles, Sherman and Whittier schools.
Some statistics from last school year.
- The total number of mentoring/tutoring sessions was 10,608.
- The total number of mentored/tutored students was 584, up 26% from last year, and 57% from two years ago!!
- The total number of mentor/tutors was 173, up 14% from last year.
View our video about the program.
We would love to have you join us in our efforts to ensure that all students in Toledo are successful readers by third grade.
If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to visit the Volunteer to Mentor Information form or call Heather Henson, Program Manager, at 419-242-2122.
Mentoring day will become your favorite day of the month or week!
MiTS: A History of Better Outcomes for Students
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 program now serves over 500 Kindergarten through third-grade students in area public and private schools with more than 200 volunteers from several faith communities and businesses including the Temple, Cedar Creek Church and the Area Office on Aging.
Mentors in Toledo Schools is both scalable and economical because we utilize so many dedicated volunteers to work with students. We would be happy to talk to you about it bringing our program to your school. We use real-time technology to collect student data so teachers know right away how their student performed during tutoring that day. We compare tutor and teacher reports to the student’s standardized test scores to measure growth in literacy skills.
For more information on how our program works providing caring, consistent adults in the lives of students and improving student literacy, click the links to read our evaluation reports and an article about our program published in the Journal, Evaluation and Program Planning, below.
- MITS Evaluation Report 2017-2018
- MITS Full Evaluation Report 2018-2019
- Evaluation and Program Planning – Lavenia and Burgoon (2019)