Ready to Learn Mentor Program expands into Miller African-Centered Academy

Ready to Learn, a year-round initiative created by the Center for Urban Education, has expanded this fall into Miller African-Centered Academy after two years of success at University Prepartory at Milliones.

“From a research perspective, we’ve seen both quantitative gains in grades and test scores and qualitative evidence that the program is impacting attendance and participation,” the program’s creator, Richard Milner said. “So, in those ways, it’s contributing to the success of students.”

Participating students in grades 6-12 grade students work two days a week with Pitt undergraduate students doing after-school tutoring and mentoring. Mentees are encouraged to remain with the same mentors as part of an initiative to develop success rooted in strong relationships. Incorporated into the program are supplementary events like guest speakers, social activities, field trips, a capstone project, and a summer academy from May through July.

“Some of what we’re learning from our data will inform what we do in teacher education at Pitt, and especially how we revise the program to better meet the needs of students,” said Lori Delale-O’Connor, CUE’s associate director of research.

Read the full story in Pitt Chronicle.

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