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

Authors: Hannah Levin and Blair Levin


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.

Blair Levin has worked for the past 25 years at a high-level at the intersection of broadband policy and capital markets. From 1993-1997 Levin served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt.In 2009 he co-led the technology transition team for President-elect Obama and returned to government service from 2009-2010, to oversee the development of the National Broadband Plan for the United States.He is currently an equity analyst at New Street Research and a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institution.