Success Doubles for Cleveland Metropolitan School Students in Jewish Federation Tutoring Program

June 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment
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During the 2009-2010 school year, sixty percent of Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students participating in the Jewish Federation’s Public Education Initiative (PEI) improved their reading levels by one grade level or more – doubling last year’s percentage of improvement.  “PEI is an example of both the tutors and students participating in a mutually enriching experience,” says Nancy Glick, chair of the program.

PEI was established in 1999 to further the Federation’s efforts to improve the world by helping to serve some of the needs of the CMSD.  The program recruits volunteers from all faiths as tutors and adult mentors to offer support and help improve academic skills among children in the City of Cleveland.  During the past school year, 185 volunteers spent an hour a week working one-on-one with over 250 students at seven CMSD sites: Audubon School, Bolton School, Buckeye-Woodland School, Buhrer School, Entrepreneurship Preparatory School/Village Prep, Ginn Academy and the Juvenile Detention Center.

Students are selected for the program according to their teachers’ recommendations. At most schools, PEI uses the 100 Book Challenge, a nationally recognized, structured reading program designed to help build reading and language skills.  This year, PEI tutors also began using the Accelerated Reader program purchased by the CMSD.  By using these reading programs, the tutors are able to supplement the teachers’ efforts in the classroom while also providing a better idea of how each student is progressing.

PEI is funded by the McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal and Liffman Foundation, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Federation’s Campaign for Jewish Needs and the following supporting foundations of the Federation: Chelm Family Foundation, Nathan L. and Regina Herman Charitable Fund and the Norma and Ernie Siegler Family Foundation.

PEI partners include Cleveland Reads; Fuchs Mizrachi School; John Carroll University; National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section; Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights and West Shore Unitarian Church.

For more information, and to volunteer for the 2010-11 school year, please contact PEI Director, Jessica Semel, at or 216.566.9200, ext. 263.

– JFC –


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