The State of Charter Schools

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO All 4 One Tutoring

About a month ago, I read a report about how NAACP delegates and the National Board called for a decision to delay the expansion of charter schools. A task force was assembled called the Task Force for Quality Education. The Task Force gathered nationwide data on the state of charter schools and traditional public schools. Here is what the Task Force found:

  • From a Stanford University report, 37% of charter schools performed worse than traditional public schools.
  • Predominate white schools in predominate black communities discipline black students out of the schools.
  • Funds are drained from public schools. The money does not follow the student.
  • A lot of charter schools follow the franchise business model. A board operates the schools under contract, and the teachers are considered at-will employees.

As an organization, All 4 One Tutoring LLC we have tapped into providing services to charter schools. We run a very successful after-school program at the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. We help fill in educational gaps and do activities and projects that help prepare students for college along with helping them have a smooth transition into high school. My take on the report is that I agree that the charter school sector needs to align financial transparency with consistent accountability.

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2017 Year in Review

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

It has been a joyous 2017. All 4 One Tutoring continues to make strides. In last year’s review, I stated that we have put some things in place to diversify and expand our company and services, and we began to reap the fruits of those seeds.

Contracts/Partnerships

In March of 2017, we secured a contract with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). We are very elated to have this contract. Recently, we have submitted a proposal to secure another contract with MSDE. We are executing our current contract so well that we are optimistic that we will keep securing contracts.

In June of 2017, we obtained a business-to-business (B2B) partnership with SD Solutions. They help support us with e-learning. We look forward to a lengthy partnership.

Once again, we were able to hire tutors and instructors for our local face-to-face tutoring and our after-school program at the Empowerment Academy . This month, we have once again started the process of hiring an administrative assistant/marketing intern . We are looking forward to bringing more staff on-board the first 3 months of 2018.

Office Home

Last year (it was mentioned in our 2016 year in review), we closed one of our offices due to space and location. We are still looking for a larger center/office to call home. Over the past few months, we have been looking at buildings. We still have office space at The Empowerment Academy.

Afterschool Program

Our after-school program, at the Empowerment Academy , continues to get praises by administrators, community leaders, and parents. Even though we have lost a few of our loyal families and students for the 2017-2018 school year due to graduating and/or transfers, we continue with our project-driven instruction, STEM projects, and arts.

Workshops/Seminars

On the behalf of All 4 One Tutoring and All 4 One Learning Solutions, I was able to participate in a 3-day research seminar at Georgia State University via the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). I was amongst some leaders in research. We came together to not only familiarize ourselves with the Program the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and its databases but to be on the path to help solve problems or close gaps in cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. Since I am an employer, I wanted to use the database to acquire knowledge and begin research on average literacy skills of adults within two age groups. Hopefully this research becomes into fruition in 2018.

Mayor’s Office

I was elated and honored for All 4 One Tutoring to be approached by the Baltimore Mayor’s Office to participate in a well overdue employment event entitled Work Baltimore. This month long event was initiated to serve the City of Baltimore’s citizens and stimulate the City’s economic growth. Unfortunately, due to previous commitments, we were unable to participate in the seminars and workshops. However, we are very grateful for the opportunity. Hopefully, we will get another opportunity in the future.

First On-Demand Course

All 4 One Tutoring debuted its first on-demand Spanish I course in July. The course uses vocabulary and language structure through a series of activities designed for realistic communication. You achieve listening, reading, speaking, and writing language skills. You will develop an understanding of the Spanish language and culture.

Doing Business As (DBA)

In the last quarter of this year, we acquired a trade name (All 4 One Learning Solutions) with Maryland’s Department of Assessments and Taxation. All 4 One Learning Solutions has a different focus and operation than All 4 One Tutoring. The focus is solving problems with innovation. We look forward to what this new venture will bring in the future.

Accounting

For the fifth year in a row, All 4 One Tutoring‘s income and net profit has increased. We just celebrated our sixth year in operation in October. Our income has increased 30% this year from 2016 (a slight decrease from 2015’s report), and our net profit has increased 26% (a slight decrease from 2015’s report). What we have planned for 2018, we hope to keep this trend ascending.

What’s Next

Being the owner of such a blossoming, rewarding, and empowering organization is such an honor. We are proof that when we work together to achieve a shared goal, we can expand quality services so that everyone can be autonomous in positive social change. What we have planned for 2018 is:

  • to expand to the state of Georgia.
  • to develop more on-demand courses.
  • to begin a company book project.
  • to develop more partnerships.
  • to find our office home.

Special Thanks

I would like to give a special thank you to those who have contributed blog posts this year. Laura Pearson has been a huge help with contributing wonderful informative and innovative content. We will continue to open our doors for guest bloggers in 2018.

See you prosper in 2018!!

What Are You Going to Do Winter Break?

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

I’d thought that I should contribute/write the last couple of blog posts of 2017. It’s been an exciting and yet another progressive year for All 4 One Tutoring. I will write about that in our last post of 2017 next week.

Right now, a lot of students (whether college or school-aged) are on winter break. Parents, I’m sure that you have some wonderful activities planned for your child(ren). 🙂 College students, I’m certain that you’re excited about starting the next semester on your journey of earning your college degree in addition to getting a little rest after taking finals. 😌 I’d like to give you some ideas and things you can do over the winter break that will be fun but still incorporate learning.

Well, I think that one of the most important things you can do over the winter break is visit your local public library.

Yes, you can read books there and check audios, books, and DVDs out. However, most public libraries have scheduled engaging activities each month. Some libraries have activities for specific age groups.

I know it’s the holiday season and the malls and stores will have GREAT after Christmas sales. However, use your mall and store trips as a real-life learning experience. Parents of school-aged children, you can create math/story problems in your shopping experience. College students you can create/do something as well. Here are a few examples:

1. Macy’s has a Ralph Lauren shirt on sale for $19.99. You look at the price tag and the shirt was originally $49.99. What is the percent of decrease in the cost of the shirt? (This problem is typically geared toward middle-schoolers.)

2. Macy’s has a Ralph Lauren shirt on sale for $19.99. You look at the price tag and the shirt was originally $49.99. How much money will you save? (This problem is typically geared toward elementary students.)

3. Macy’s is one of your favorite stores, and you want to know why customers buy the things they do. You can research shopping behaviors and understand how products are priced. (This is typically geared toward college students who are majoring in business administration, marketing, fashion merchandising.)

Now, you’ve received all of these nice things for Christmas, and you have to make room for them. You may be getting ready to bring in the new year and want to clean your closet and drawers out. Winter break may be the perfect time to do so. While you’re cleaning out your closets and drawers, think about donating your unwanted items to a charity.

Usually around the holidays and winter break, I see a lot of people at the movie theater. Well why not use this activity as a learning experience? Parents of school-aged children, you can have your child(ren) discuss/write about the setting, the plot, the characters, and what he/she enjoyed the most about the movie.

I know a lot of you have, will receive, or give video game consoles for Christmas. Yes, some of the games are educational and engaging (e.g. Minecraft). However, why not spark some interest in creating your own video game and/or app? This would be an awesome thing to start to think about and begin the planning stages on winter break.

I hope that I’ve really sparked your interest in doing some, if not all, of these activities. You can even take the ideas I’ve given you and cater them to your liking.

Book Release

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by Staff Contributor

Did you know that our CEO, Dr. Charice Hayes, published a mini-book of poems, quotes, activities, and worksheets? You’re in for a treat! This mini-book, entitled To Get You Through, has 4 folds. Dr. Hayes gives us some empowered poems in which we can apply in our every day life. Dr. Hayes also gives us poems from her childhood. After each chapter, there are journaling and reflecting activities. At the end of the book there are inspirational and motivational worksheets.

The book is great for personal use, motivational workshops, seminars, and even high school and college courses. To Get You Through can be purchased on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Bridging the STEM Gender Gap in the Classroom

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by Laura Pearson

@laurapearson1

Despite scoring higher than their male peers in problem solving related to engineering and technology, girls continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields. While this is an issue well beyond the scope of an individual classroom, teachers have an important role to play in balancing the STEM gender gap.

Throughout elementary and high school, girls participate in science and math at approximately the same rate as boys, with some exceptions. While girls are just as likely as boys to take advanced classes in mathematics and chemistry, they’re less likely to enroll in computer science or engineering courses. And that same trend carries over to higher education.

Although the overall statistics look roughly equitable, with women earning 50.3 percent of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees, women’s participation varies significantly across different fields. While women account for more than half of all bachelor’s degrees in the biological sciences, they only receive 17.9 percent of computer science degrees, 19.3 percent of engineering degrees, 39 percent of physical science degrees, and 43.1 percent of mathematics degrees, despite representing nearly 57 percent of all college students.

According to Scholastic, girls’ participation in science starts dropping off in junior high, and the trend continues into high school and college. Since data shows that the difference isn’t in ability, researchers believe there’s something else at play. The National Science Foundation suggests much of the STEM gender gap can be attributed to a sense of belonging; specifically, that a lack of exposure to successful women in STEM causes girls to doubt their own abilities and opt for fields with larger proportions of women instead.

Elementary, middle, and high school teachers play a critical role in keeping girls in STEM.
By intervening before a stereotype threat takes hold, it’s possible to build girls’ confidence and keep them on track toward in-demand careers. Rather than teaching girls in a different way than boys, teachers should craft an approach that makes STEM welcoming and accessible to all. Here are a few ideas to get started:

1. Highlight potential career paths in STEM. Students can’t always connect the schoolwork in front of them to its real-world applications; even if they do understand its value, they likely aren’t aware of the full scope of career options available to them.

2. Incorporate lessons about accomplished female scientists and engineers in curricula. Research shows that exposure to same-gender experts provides girls with a sense of belonging. Rather than restricting lessons to historic women like Marie Curie, discuss women who are making a difference in today’s world.

3. When planning cooperative exercises, distribute class groups to have an equal balance of boys and girls. Assigning at least two girls to a group eliminates the feeling of being outnumbered, which can encourage increased participation.

4. Make sure lesson plans around STEM topics don’t only include stereotypically masculine topics. At the same time, teachers shouldn’t cater exclusively to female students and risk alienating males. Instead, opt for topics with broad appeal and real life relevancy. For example, a lesson plan that bridges a popular career with math, science, English, social studies and home economics skills. For more ideas, try Science Buddies’ topic selection wizard.

Diversity is essential for producing innovation in science and technology. When STEM fields draw upon a broad pool of perspectives and life experiences to solve complex problems, progress is made that much faster. When it comes to girls in STEM, the problem isn’t ability, but rather persistence in a field where they’re the minority. Overcoming the challenges of being a woman in STEM requires girls to feel confident about their place in science and engineering, and teachers are primed to plant those seeds of success.

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This is How to Find the Right Tutor If Your Student Has ADHD

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by Laura Pearson

@laurapearson1

If your student has ADHD, you want to be sure that he is getting the most he can from his education. Sometimes, school is a distracting environment and kids with ADHD benefit from having a tutor. But, it takes just the right tutor to connect with your child, understand his learning needs, and his learning style, and motivate him to learn. You also want a tutor who will celebrate your child’s achievement and support his strengths while developing his weaknesses. It’s a tall order to find the right tutor for your student, but you can find the perfect match for him with a few of our tips.

1. Meet with Your Child’s Teacher

Your child’s teacher will help you identify his strengths and weaknesses. She will review his assessments with you, demonstrate the skills that he needs help in mastering, and explain the accommodations she has been making to help him learn in the classroom. The more information you have from a trained educator about your child’s academic abilities and achievement, the better your chances of finding just the right tutor for him.

Your child’s teacher also may have some resources for you in finding a tutor for your student. Many schools offer free tutoring before and after school, as do many public libraries and colleges and universities. She also may be able to recommend a local learning center or private tutor.

2. Do Your Homework

Many parents know the process for finding a qualified babysitter for their children; get some recommendations from fellow parents, conduct a phone interview, meet with the babysitter and watch her interact with your child, get references, and have a trial run.

The same process applies to finding a tutor for your student. Get recommendations from other parents or teachers in your area. Then, call the tutors on your short list and ask them questions about their experience with kids with ADHD and their qualifications. Interview those that impress you on the phone and arrange a meeting with your child and observe the first session to decide whether the tutor is a good match.

Another option is to find an online tutor. Sometimes, kids with ADHD prefer to use technology to complete their assignments and enhance their learning, and they enjoy having online tutoring sessions as a result. Online tutors often have more flexible schedules and can connect automatically with your student when he is having trouble with homework or studying. Many online tutoring services provide credentials and references for their tutors, so you will be able to choose one that has experience tutoring kids with ADHD. Another benefit of online tutoring is the services typically are more affordable than face-to-face tutors.

3. Consider the Tutor’s Other Credentials

Any time you choose a person to work with your child, you look for someone who serves as a mentor or a role model.  That’s why you should look beyond her academic credentials when choosing the right tutor for your student. Look for a tutor who is patient, kind, and empathetic. Ask the tutor’s references about her personality, demeanor, and values.

You may need to observe more than one tutoring session to know that you have chosen a tutor who will help your child make healthy decisions and who will instill in him the need to learn life skills for making good choices in addition to the specific academic skills they work on during their sessions. Listen to how the tutor encourages and praises your child. Pay close attention to the things they talk about at the beginning and end of the session. When you feel comfortable that the tutor will serve as a healthy addition to your student’s support network, hire her for the long term.

When searching for a tutor for your student with ADHD, use the resources you have available. Start with meeting your child’s teacher and getting as much information as you can about his learning style and her recommendations. Then, ask her and other parents about local tutoring services and private tutors while also searching for a good match online. Observe your student with your top tutoring choice and make sure she will support him academically as well as emotionally and socially.

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Six is the Number

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

All 4 One Tutoring™ has made it to 6 years in business. Just to think 6 years ago we were solely an online tutoring company mostly servicing international clients. Now 6 years later, we offer so much more (face-to-face tutoring, after-school programming, professional development and training, and writing services). Thanks to a team of people, we were able to expand our services both in B2C (business to consumer) and B2B (business to business).

According to Forbes, 7 out of 10 new small business employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, a third at least 10 years, and a quarter stay in business 15 years or more. All 4 One Tutoring made it over the 5 year mark as a small business. We have so much in store over the next 4 years when we’ll be in our 10th year of operation. Thank you to every tutor, teacher, manager, and partner who have played an integral role. Happy 6 Years in Business!