Tutors in Action
Tutors in Action is an academic intervention program that provides one-on-one tutoring to children experiencing homelessness throughout Indianapolis. School on Wheels brings more than 400 volunteers to nine partner shelter locations and four public schools, and provides tutoring sessions to the children at these facilities up to four times each week. Our tutoring program supports both youth experiencing homelessness and those students who are considered “hidden homeless.” Youth who represent the hidden homeless population are those children who are living in transition outside of the shelter system. We reach this population through our school partnerships.
In addition to after-school tutoring, School on Wheels has two curriculum-based programs, MartH and STAR, that operate at Indianapolis Public Schools during the lunch hour. These programs are curriculum-based and utilize lesson plans that target grade-specific concepts. Both MartH and STAR are developed around the unique needs of the schools with which we partner. These semester-long programs are set up to see a progression in learning determined through pre- and post-testing, as well as through communication with teachers, school social workers and reading specialists at the schools.
MartH, developed for kindergarten and 4th grade students at IPS #14, uses art as a vehicle to support and strengthen math skills being taught in the classroom.
Striving Toward Academic Readiness (STAR), developed for kindergarten, first and second graders at IPS #54, focuses on developing core skills such as print and number concepts, social and emotional development and early literacy skills to help prepare students academically.