Chicago Public Schools will use $25 million of its federal relief funds to hire and train 850 individuals from Chicago, including college students, community members, retired educators, and recent CPS graduates for a district-wide Tutor Corps focused on students most heavily impacted by COVID-19. To ensure that tutors can help support multilingual learners, the district is training them on effective strategies for working with multilingual learners. For a district with over 70,000 multilingual learners, ensuring that district staff is trained to address their needs is important for improving student outcomes.
Investing in targeted development of tutors to equip them with strategies for effectively working with multilingual learners can help ensure that high dosage tutoring meaningfully accelerates learning for this student population.
We are spotlighting this practice because small-group high dosage tutoring can help accelerate learning, but unless multilingual learners are receiving targeted support that attends to their needs through proven strategies, it may miss the mark for improving outcomes for this disproportionately impacted student population. An investment in ensuring tutors receive basic training for working with multilingual learners will improve the chances the tutoring effort is successful. The partnership and investment between the tutor corps and the Office of Language and Cultural Education can also help identify and address broader needs within the district’s high dosage tutoring program with a lens for multilingual learners.