Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Homework Help and Tutoring Program
July 30, 2020
Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Homework Help and Tutoring program promotes literacy and learning by providing certified teachers who meet with small groups of students in one-hour sessions to provide free homework help and tutoring in reading, math, and science. In its first 18 months of operation, the program has provided 40,432 tutoring sessions to students from some of the highest need areas in Miami-Dade County. Feedback from parent surveys indicates that 93% of parents strongly agree that participation in the program has helped to increase the academic grades of their child(ren) in school. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, MDPLS transitioned the Homework Help program from in-person tutoring services to a virtual tutoring program to continue its academic support and to keep students engaged in their education. Session attendees will learn how providing this exemplary service to the community can inspire all children to a lifelong love of learning and support student achievement in a safe and nurturing learning environment.
Marjorie Lopez has twenty-eight years of experience in the field of education. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in English and Educational Leadership. Marjorie has extensive experience working with the most at-risk student populations in a variety of roles to include teacher, reading coach, curriculum specialist, adjunct college professor, vice principal, and principal. She currently oversees the K-12 tutoring services and the adult literacy programs for the Miami-Dade County Public Library System. She also serves as an Education Consultant and provides support to numerous charter schools in Florida. Her accomplishments include recognition as Administrator of the Year for three consecutive years, Teacher of the Year, Mainstreaming Teacher of the Year, and National Board Certification with the Board of Professional Teaching Standards. One of her passions is to instill a love of reading within in all individuals because she believes that when people can read well, they can do anything.