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Leverage ESSER Funding to Address Learning Loss

Bring Students Back to Grade Level with Proven Strategies

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes an Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which allocates $126 billion for K-12 schools. This K-12 COVID-19 stimulus fund gives districts the resources to address learning loss/unfinished learning so that students can get back to grade level.

ARP ESSER Fund Requirements

Districts must spend at least 20% of their ARP ESSER funds to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions such as tutoring, summer, and extended day/afterschool programs.

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of ARP ESSER funds must be spent to address learning loss

How to Address Learning Loss

Volunteers, tutors, mentors, and other education professionals can help bring students back to grade level and assist with enrichment programs that positively impact students’ academic development while supporting their social, emotional, and mental health needs.

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Summer Enrichment
  • Virtual Volunteers

Tutoring

Tutoring works best when it’s led by teaching candidates, recently retired teachers, paraprofessionals, teachers, or highly trained tutors. High dosage tutoring tends to have the highest impact on student learning. This approach consists of providing consistent tutoring sessions at least three days a week for at least 30 minutes at a time.

Mentoring

Evidence shows that students who are engaged with volunteers, tutors, mentors, and other education professionals have improved learning outcomes. This engagement also supports our most vulnerable students in returning to and staying engaged in school.

Summer Enrichment

Summer enrichment programs that encourage students to engage with their peers are especially beneficial to students who have been isolated during the pandemic. These programs can also slowly ease students back into a physical learning environment before the return to school in Fall 2021.  Summer programs should be voluntary full-day programs that engage students in various activities like career development sessions, sports leagues, art activities, and field trips.

Virtual Volunteers

Virtual volunteers can build relationships with students and give them personalized attention to ensure they not only succeed in class, but also stay well outside of school hours. As an example for elementary students, along with mentoring, virtual volunteers can play games with their students as part of a virtual recess.

Streamline Volunteer Recruitment & Management

These tutoring and enrichment programs require schools have an efficient method to recruit, screen, approve, and track each volunteer and tutor. Raptor Volunteer Management streamlines the application process, tracks hours, and confirms each volunteer and tutor is safe to work with students through robust background checks.

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