Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps


Why Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps?

Mathematics skills build over time, and algebra readiness is critical for success in higher-level mathematics and for future careers. In recognition of the importance of algebra readiness, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is investing in a Math Tutoring Corps to support 7th-9th grade students in gaining math skills and concepts they may have missed due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort will begin in winter 2021 and continue through summer 2024.

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Student Registration for the Math Tutoring Corps 

Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Oklahoma students going into 7th, 8th or 9th grade are eligible to register. Complete this form to register your student. The deadline for registering is 5:00 PM, Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Project Details

OSDE recruits and hires up to 500 educators and college students to provide virtual tutoring services outside of school hours for up to 1,500 7th-9th graders. Each tutor will have a group of no more than four students and will meet virtually for 50-minute sessions, three times per week. In each session, tutors will provide on-grade-level mathematics support to reinforce mathematical concepts and help students better understand math processes they are currently learning in class while also preparing them for higher-level mathematics.

Participants have the option to select one or both of the following sessions:

  • September 18 - November 19, 2022 (9 week program)
  • January 8 - April 15, 2023 (12 week program breaking for spring break)

Additional Information about the Math Tutoring Corps is included in the Ready Together brief about the Math Tutoring Corps Initiative.

Additional Information for Families

By joining the Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps, your 7th-9th grade student has the opportunity to work in a small-group (no more than four students) with a tutor from Oklahoma. Your student will learn the math needed for current and future grade levels to be college and career ready. They will also develop their problem-solving and communication skills while gaining confidence in their math class.

Families of past participants indicated tutoring encouraged math discussions at home while their student's math understanding and confidence improved. Student participants shared they are more comfortable asking questions in math class after participating in the pilot. Below is a video of one student's experience during the Spring 2022 pilot.

The OSDE will provide any technology or internet access needed for your student to participate in the program, and tutoring will occur during students’ free time outside of the school day.

Complete this form to register your student.

Additional Information for Administrators

For the 2021-22 school year, eligible students were identified by the OSDE based on state mathematics assessment data. Superintendents of districts were notified if they had eligible students for the program, and student contact information was confirmed by students’ school and district offices. Administrators at the schools of eligible students will receive copies of correspondence sent to families about the Math Tutoring Corps initiative.

Schools will not be expected to provide tutors, professional development for tutors, lessons, or equipment (beyond what is usually provided to students) for this initiative. Tutors submitted applications to the OSDE for consideration and were selected based on experience and ensuring representation from all regions of Oklahoma. Tutors will receive ongoing professional development on models of acceleration and research-based instructional practices for virtual math tutoring, and they will receive support from a “lead tutor” throughout the nine weeks of tutoring. Lead tutors are Oklahoma certified teachers who have experience with instructional coaching and mentoring. Tutors will also be provided with lessons aligned to grade-level Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics and will have opportunities to individualize instruction for their students, and the OSDE will provide any technology needed for students to participate in the program.

Please complete this form to indicate your interest in your school or district participating in the statewide Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps or receiving resources for starting your own math tutoring program.

Additional Information for Tutors

Applications for tutors for the 2022-23 school year has now closed. Applications will open Spring 2023 for the 2023-24 school year. Any Oklahoma certified educator, higher education professor, or full-time Oklahoma college student residing in Oklahoma will be eligible to apply. Complete this form to be notified when applications become available.

Hired tutors will receive professional development focused on models of acceleration and effective instrucational strategies for virtual math tutoring. They will also be placed in a cohort of approximately 20 tutors, led by a Lead Tutor who will provide instructional coaching, professional learning, and additional support throughout the year.

 

Contact Information

Anthony Purcell, Director of High School and College Math Readiness
Email: Anthony.Purcell@sde.ok.gov
Office Phone: (405) 522-6575

Data includes results from a survey of 104 family members and 202 students participating in the Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps initiative. Family members and students were surveyed following the initial nine-week pilot of the program.

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Last updated on August 22, 2022