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Oakland Peer Tutoring Resource Center


The Schwartz Foundation has asked Urban Strategies to explore the effectiveness of peer tutoring as an instructional strategy and the need for a peer tutoring center in Oakland. 

The Role of Urban Strategies Council:

Working with an Advisory Board of peer tutoring practitioners, Urban Strategies Council researched and analyzed the current application and need for Peer Tutoring in Oakland schools (public and prviate). Based on the Advisory Board's feedback, reviews of current peer tutoring literature, and informant interviews at schools across Oakland, Urban Strategies has written a report, “Planning for a Peer Tutoring Resource Center in Oakland” which lays out recommendations for next steps in the planning and implementation process.     

Based on the report’s recommendations, The Schwartz Foundation has asked Urban Strategies Council to undertake the following activities:

  • Design, convene, facilitate and document a Peer Tutoring Symposium in early 2013 with the aim of allowing practitioners and instructional leaders to gather and share expertise; and
  • Initiate the first phase of a Peer Tutoring Resource center by building an online library of peer tutoring materials, which will include peer tutoring curricula, tools, supporting materials, promising practices and other resources.

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