The Biden administration is calling for an additional 250,000 tutors and mentors to help students make up for lost instruction time due to the pandemic.
A new National Partnership for Student Success will bring together school districts, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions to recruit, train, place and support screened adults who can assist with students' learning, according to a U.S. Department of Education announcement Tuesday.
“Now — more than ever — students need to feel supported, seen, heard, and understood by adults in their schools and communities,” said U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in a statement.
Through the new program, tutors could sign up to help students through volunteer or national service opportunities, mentoring programs, or work-study options. The partnership is a collaboration between the Education Department, AmeriCorps and the Johns Hopkins Everyone Graduates Center.
The Ed Department also announced plans to expand the Best Practices Clearinghouse, which highlights ways states, districts and schools are using American Rescue Plan funding to support learning recovery, increased academic opportunities and mental wellness.
The department is asking school communities to contribute their promising practices to the clearinghouse so parents, educators and communities know how federal dollars are being spent.