INDIANAPOLIS—Many students have felt the anxiety of an incomplete assignment, with no clue on where to start and no one to help.
Some may go to YouTube and search for random tutorials. Others may plead with their older siblings or parents for help, but sometimes those methods fail.
The Indiana Department of Education and Schoolhouse.world have partnered together to make situations like those easier for Hoosier students.
Schoolhouse.world is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with a few states, including Indiana, to provide tutoring to middle and high school students. Anyone can access the site, and it is free for all.
“The point of our partnership with the state Department of Education is really to get the word out to make sure that those who need it the most know about this resource and are able to access it,” said Drew Bent, chief operating officer of Schoolhouse.world.
The program is always available and easy to use.
“If a student is having a question on their geometry homework, for example, a teacher or tutor from their school might not be available at the time they are working on their homework. Schoolhouse.world provides a free resource to hop on and get help,” said Holly Lawson, deputy director of communications at the Department of Education.
Schoolhouse.world was founded in early 2020 by Sal Khan, who also founded the Khan Academy. The inspiration for the launch was the added struggle of the pandemic.
Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana secretary of education, said all students learn differently and may need extra levels of support at different points in time.
“As we work to recover from significant learning impacts due to COVID-19, particularly in mathematics, this partnership with Schoolhouse.world will provide Hoosier students—no matter where they are or the needs they face—access to additional learning support,” she said in a press release.
The tutoring sessions take place on Zoom in small groups, where a trained tutor leads the discussion.
The tutors are volunteers that range from ages 13 to 70, and they are from all around the world. Bent said there is a rigorous application for volunteers, followed by a certification process and training.
Bent said Schoolhouse.world’s mission is connecting the world through learning.
“We think that learning is often best done through interactions with other people,” he said.