RISE-DC operates from a pedagogical foundation that asserts the greater a student’s academic need, the more important the experience of the teacher. This simple belief in the importance of talented, seasoned instructors distinguishes RISE-DC from other supplemental educational service providers.
Thus, RISE-DC’s instructors are professional tutors who work at a reduced rate to educate some of Washington’s most struggling students. With an average experience level of twenty years, RISE-DC’s tutors are experts in their fields. Whether it is breaking down the syllables of a word, the parts to a math problem or just finding what makes our unique scholars tick, RISE-DC’s professionals get to the core of their students’ needs.
Staff in our partner schools could not be happier with RISE-DC’s work, and they like to draw the distinction between the quality of service that RISE-DC provides with that of other organizations that only enlist inexperienced volunteer tutors. Most of the students are suffering from major deficits in conceptual understanding and a lack of success. Because of this, for instance, they require a tutor who:
- understands the academic terrain from many angles
- can present ideas in multiple ways that have been tested through practice and refinement
- can quickly and flexibly assess their understanding on a concept and can ensure that the appropriate level of rigor is being met
- can build a rapport with students by displaying confidence and skill with the material, gauge their emotional state and respond accordingly.