Kerr Foundation, CVS Caremark Assist Tutoring Program

OC has raised more than $10,000 for a program that offers free tutoring to children from Edmond Public Schools.

Each fall, OC’s education majors conduct a weekly reading clinic for students in second through fifth grades. OC students use iPad applications to help get the children up to the reading levels for their respective grades.

A $5,000 challenge grant from the Kerr Foundation, a $500 CVS Caremark grant, and gifts from private donors helped OC purchase iPads for the initiative.

“We need to do anything we can to encourage students to read and be successful. A lot of these children have struggled with reading for so long that they’re not confident in themselves,” OC associate professor of education Dr. Rhonda Morris said. “The iPad apps give the students immediate feedback, which really helps them, and they’re finding apps on their own afterward to duplicate the experience.”

The clinic is part of the last literacy class OC’s students take before they begin their student teaching. OC has the second- highest state education certification exam pass rate in Oklahoma. 

“Teachers talk about how prepared our graduates are,” Morris said. “They’re getting the knowledge base they need and they know what kind of interventions to use to help students succeed.” 

Spring 2013

View more stories from the Spring 2013 issue of Vision magazine.