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For the past three semesters, we have managed to have successful pairings between tutors and students. At the end of this semester, we have managed to reach over 60 tutors with a variety of language abilities that serve over 200 immigrants and refugees within the greater New Haven area. Weekly sessions have resulted in improvement of English ability and eased transitions. The students, teachers, and families have enjoyed the project thus far. We create community events to bring together these different groups and foster inclusivity. Our last event was a community picnic, and there was a successful turnout of families and tutors. 

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Submitted by RaulPF C. on Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:18

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Thanks for the update! It's great to learn more about what your work looks like. Feel free to also share some images!
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Submitted by Abigail S. on Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:59

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This is AWESOME!!! You're doing an amazing job with your project, keep it up! Do you have any testimonials from the people you've impacted? I think having these will make your impact stand out! Keep up the great work!
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Submitted by Fatima C. on Sat, 01/06/2018 - 11:25

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Thank you! We have testimonials from our tutors but not the students since we work with minors, but we try to reach out to the parents and teachers of our students for progress when possible.
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Submitted by Fish S. on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:08

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Hey Fatima, this is really cool. Do you have any data about the impact of your sessions? If not, would you like help creating an impact evaluation of some kind?
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Submitted by Fatima C. on Thu, 01/11/2018 - 00:13

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We have not had formal impact evaluations because of the limited amount of time we have been functional (two semesters). We are hoping to begin the process of developing a formal impact eval process this semester, and I would love any advice you have on the matter. Currently, we monitor success through evaluations from tutors and teachers on student progress, curriculum engagement, and literacy improvement. These are not recorded as of yet, and instead, they are conversations that influence the curriculum and program designed for the following semester.
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Submitted by Fish S. on Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:33

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Hi Fatima, sounds like you already know what you need to track and are doing it informally and it's just a process of formalizing it. Is that right? I think that time is of the essence for throwing these ideas into a quick evaluation tool, because ideally you'd like to do a survey at the beginning of this semester and a follow-up at the end.

How do you measure student progress? Perhaps surveying their teachers -- or tracking the progress on their school reports?

Let us know how we can be helpful.
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Submitted by Fatima C. on Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:48

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Currently, we base it off of verbal teacher and tutor input on the academic and social progress of the students. I'm currently looking into creating a formal system for the teachers to give input on the strengths and weaknesses of their students beforehand so the tutors can be aware of where the focus should be. I can definitely look into whether it would be possible to monitor academic improvement through school reports in addition.
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Submitted by Fish S. on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:19

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You'd need families to voluntarily share the reports with you. I worked at a nonprofit in New Haven that did this but it depends on the family's comfort level. I think that a formal system for collecting teacher feedback is a great idea and the next logical step forward. Let us know how we can help!
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Submitted by Sameer J. on Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:57

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Wow--this is such an inspiring project. Thank you for everything you do to serve 200 students. If you are planning to continue this work during the summer and need help from a high school student, let me know. I have a lot of experience tutoring, want to be a teacher one day, and would love to contribute to your cause.
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Submitted by Fatima C. on Sat, 04/14/2018 - 13:55

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Hi Sameer,

Thanks! We would love to have you get further involved if possible! My email is [REDACTED]. Feel free to reach out to me personally to see if there are any opportunities that would work for you!
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Submitted by Adrian B. on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:37

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Hi Fatima--I am so excited that you and Sameer are connecting! Sameer is fabulous and so are you, and I know that you'll be able to connect on some important work. I redacted your email because it's part of the safety portion of our community norms to not share contact or personal identifying information on the platform. https://www.peacefirst.org/community-norms Please let me know if you'd like to think about alternate ways for you to connect about how to collaborate!
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Submitted by Adrian B. on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:14

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Love this photo! Your update is quite impressive! It's clear you're having a deep impact. Let us know how we can help.