YEI Updates

Youth Enagament Initiative Updates 


Remote K-12 Classroom Support: Bridging the Equity Gap

Entering into the 2020 academic year, USD’s Mulvaney Center will hire approximately 30-40 Federal Work Study (FWS) Classroom Tutors to work alongside the Linda Vista K-12 community, offering remote classroom support for students. USD FWS students will be broken up amongst the following five educational partnerships: Mark Twain High School, Montgomery Middle School, San Diego Cooperative Charter School, Linda Vista Elementary School, and Kit Carson Elementary School. As San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) prepares to return to school on August 31st, utilizing a synchronous/asynchronous online learning model, we recognize that such measures will impact young people in a variety of ways. For some, the challenge of online learning - without expertly trained teachers and staff available in-person - will further exasperate educational equity gaps, making it difficult for them to maintain their educational grade level.

As such, the role of USD’s FWS Classroom Tutors will be adapted to meet the ever-changing educational needs of USD students, Linda Vista youth (to include subsequent families) as well as neighboring schools in the Linda Vista community. USD Classroom Tutors will subsequently be paired one-on-one with local Linda Vista students in order to provide direct access and support - a more tailored educational experience. This new role will be aimed at narrowing the educational equity gap amid COVID-19, while ensuring the highest level of attentiveness, direct care, and well-being to local K-12 youth. As allies and partners, we stand in solidarity to our commitment to ensuring the best quality of education for all students.

How exactly will the role work?

Pre COVID-19, USD students were placed in a SDUSD classroom working directly under the supervision of a respective SDUSD teacher. Depending on the school, students were tasked with either a) assisting all members in the classroom with their schoolwork, or b) providing direct assistance to an individual ESL or LD learner. 

Moving forward, however, USD will work with the local Linda Vista Principals and teachers to determine which local SDUSD students are to receive direct tutoring support. From there, SDUSD students will be assigned a personal USD Tutor and assistant capable of offering direct academic and social-emotional support. The end goal, of course, is to assist local youth in maintaining their educational grade level (as specified by the district) and highest quality of life.

  • SDUSD student will receive direct live stream academic/classroom support from a USD tutor up to 10hrs/week via Zoom
  • SDUSD will receive customizable direct support - assessed on a case by case basis - to help meet their educational needs and requirements
  • USD Tutors will assist with a blended model (synchronous / asynchronous) of learning. In addition to offering direct in-person tutoring and academic support, tutors will assist in the creation of pre-recorded STEAM activities aimed at meeting the learning objectives SDUSD.

For a complete USD Tutoring job description, please Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions or Concerns:

  1. Q: How will risk management be accounted for from USD? 
    1. A: USD students will be required to perform employee background checks through the university to include all of the necessary SDUSD volunteer paperwork. Additionally, students will be required to complete Child Safety at USD training as mandated by USD’s Office of Risk Management, equipping and ensuring them to properly work alongside minors in the community.
  1. Q: What sorts of training are USD Tutors required to attend before working with SDUSD students?
    1. A: All USD Tutors, prior to beginning their role, will be required to attend a weekend long virtual training session August 22nd - 23rd. 
    2. Students will cover a range of thematic educational topics including: Anti-oppression and Anti-racism, Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution, Trauma informed practices and Healing Centered Engagement (HCE), Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Growth v Fixed Mindset, STEAM education tools and techniques, Intersectionality and Critical Service Learning (CSL) and more.  
  1. Q: Who is responsible for supervising USD Tutors?
    1. A: USD students supervision will be two-fold. At the University level, the Mulvaney Center for community, Awareness, and Social Action has an expertly trained staff who is responsible for the direct supervision and oversight of USD Tutors. Tutors will be in regular weekly communication with their leadership team. 

At the SDUSD level, each partner school has a selected official liaison who remains in direct communication with the USD Mulvaney Center staff. As such, both SDUSD and the University will work together in real time to address and support USD Tutors to include the youth they directly support.

  1. Q: How will students be monitored on zoom?
A: Per SDUSD policy, local K-12 youth are to have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. The waiver grants permission for their child to receive remote educational support from a USD Tutor via the Zoom platform. Additionally, the parent or legal guardian of said child is required to be present in the room at all times during the online interaction.