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 Tutor/Mentors 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 tutors and mentors during the school day so nothing going on in class is missed but rather enhanced instead.
Mentors in Toledo Schools employs a program manager and twelve site coordinators that serve in the schools to ensure that teachers, students and tutor/mentors are receiving a positive experience. Volunteers can dedicate from one hour or two hours a month or one to two hours four days per week to tutoring. The schedule is flexible to accommodate personal needs with a dedicated number of individuals providing time to the program.
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.
Over the past five years, the program has expanded into nine schools in TPS: Garfield, DeVeaux, Larchmont, Longfellow, Old Orchard, Sherman, Marshall, Whittier and Queen of Apostles. The program now serves over 400 Kindergarten through third-grade students 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 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 to provide caring, consistent adults in the lives of students and improve student literacy, click the link to read our evaluation report below.
Please consider becoming a mentor for the program. Click here to visit the Volunteer to Mentor form
Call Heather Henson, Program Manager, for more information at 419-242-2122.