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Peer Assisted Learning Strategies

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A class-wide peer tutoring program for elementary school students to improve reading and mathematics skills of students through guided peer-assisted learning strategies.

As a curriculum-enhancing program, PALS is very inexpensive to implement. School system curriculum funds could be considered for PALS. Foundations and government grants could also assist with initial implementation expenses.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State education funds allocated to local school systems as well as locally-appropriated public school funding can support PALS particularly during regular reviews of curricula within the district.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: Title I can potentially support curricula purchase and teacher training in schools that are operating school wide Title I programs. In order for Title I to be allocated, PALS would have to be viewed as contributing to overall academic achievement.

Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Department of Education can be used to fund the initial training of teachers.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, especially those with a stated interest in improving educational achievement, can provide funding for initial training and curricula purchase.

Generating New Revenue

While curricula purchase is usually viewed as a school system responsibility, fundraising can also be considered, especially when the school has many competing needs and priorities. Parent Teacher Associations, business and local civic associations can also serve as sponsors of fundraising campaigns.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developers, Lynn and Douglas Fuchs, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.