Using Online Tutoring to Address COVID-19 Learning Loss and Create Jobs

Authors: Hannah Levin and Blair Levin


Summary 

The Biden-Harris Administration should create a plan for a public, online platform to connect teachers with college students and recent graduates to serve as tutors for K-12 students. One-on-one tutoring is a proven intervention that improves children’s educational competencies and increases students’ self-confidence. Along with supporting students, this platform could provide needed employment for young adults and enable teachers and students together to produce improved educational outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of more than 124,000 schools with the majority of students now learning online. Meanwhile, millions of college students have lost part-time work or are graduating into a historically difficult job market that does not have positions for them to fill. Just as the New Deal created work programs that both created employment and improved our national landscape, our country requires creative solutions that can meet the urgent needs of our time, can be quickly scaled up using modern technology and can adjust to the changing needs dictated by the cycles of the coronavirus.


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About the Authors

Hannah Levin is currently a Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration student at Washington University in St. Louis, an Applied Research Intern at SKIP and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Gephart Institute of Civic Engagement. Prior to returning to graduate school, Hannah worked as an educator and at an education non-profit in St. Louis. During her undergraduate studies at Williams College, she conducted research on state and federal policies regarding early childhood education and consumer financial protection.