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The PAVE Program

“Opening Corridors of Achievement”

About the Program

The mission of Partnerships to Advance the Value of Education (PAVE) is to facilitate a meaningful and structured experiential learning opportunity with regional K-12 school partners to offer mentoring, tutoring, and college preparedness.

PAVE will be a partner in the district’s Strategic Plan Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and provide subject support in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and/or the Sciences.

K-12 partner schools will work collaboratively to have access to assistance from qualified academic tutors and college role models that they would otherwise not receive.

The goal is to improve educational opportunities for K-12 students and help them achieve college, career and life success.

Program Goals

As outlined by the University Goals and in the context of our institutional priorities, PAVE program goals will maintain intra-institutional and inter-institutional connections and between our vital community partners. To ensure this, the following are three program goals for PAVE:

Goal #1. Support student success in tutored classes
Goal #2. Strengthen existing teacher preparation pipeline as a possible career pathway
Goal #3. Provide a reflective experiential learning experience for student tutors

The ultimate goal of PAVE is to improve the educational opportunities for K-12 scholars and help them achieve college, career and life success through a positive experience from Sacramento State academic tutors.

Program Outcomes

The Standard of Performance will communicate PAVE program expectations during the implementation and assessment phase.

Performance #1. Increase students’ proficiency, knowledge, and skills in tutored courses and overall academic improvement
Performance #2. Increase participants’ knowledge, interest, and exposure to potential careers in education and other related fields
Performance #3. Increase program satisfaction of participants, students, teachers and administrators

Evaluation of program goals, program impact, and student learning outcomes will be a collaborative process involving academic tutors, teachers, and partner schools. Assessment will also be dependent on direct, indirect, research-based qualitative and quantitative methodologies, collecting pre and post formative and summative assessments. The data will be compiled, analyzed into a comprehensive report, and disseminate to local school partners.

Tutor-Mentor Benefits

  • Professional development in a course to build academic and career success:
    • Reflection sessions, professional development, etc.
      • Introduction to: demographics of the school site, PBIS, RJ, IB, student engagement, common core state standards, pathways, and academies
  • A structured experiential learning opportunity
  • Gain exposure to potential careers in education and other related fields
  • Enhance the scope of your resume with a positive experience that will bolster your professional skills
  • This experience is open to all majors

Tutor-Mentor Expectations

  • Work collaboratively with regional K-12 school partners
  • One semester commitment
  • 10-12 weeks
  • 6 hours/week
  • Tutor options: before, during or after school hours in a 1-1/group setting

Tutor Experience

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
School: Kohler Elementary
Subject: English and Math

"I like most about the program is being able to connect with other members of the Sacramento community. I have met a lot of amazing people at the school I've been placed at. Not only that but it's amazing to see the progress that the tutoring has had on the students, it's very fulfilling. The biggest advice I can give to future tutors would be to identify student's strengths so that you can create strategies that can make it easier for them to learn. As well as being flexible, it's not the same thing everyday so be prepared to have to adapt quickly."

Major: Junior in English
School: Mira Loma High School
Subject: ESL

"I am getting valuable experience working with students in a classroom setting. My role as a tutor is to provide assistance where it's needed, and lam able to use what I am studying in my college program to what the students are learning in their classrooms. It is truly hands-on experience, along with getting comfortable working in a classroom environment."

Major: Junior in Mathematics, Preparation for Teaching
School: JFK High School
Subject: Mathematics

"What I enjoy from tutoring is that it gives me experience on what to expect of my chosen career path. It allows me to acknowledge what to do by watching the interactions between student and teacher, without being either or right now."

Major: Public Health
School: Kohler Elementary
Subject: Math and English

"What I enjoy most about tutoring is knowing that I am able to help the struggles of many children! It makes me happy to know that I can be a leader and help them grow."

Major: Kinesiology
School: JFK High School
Subject: Math and Biology

"I think overall, tutoring is a fun and great experience. I've worked with elementary and high school students since I joined PAVE. If students are willing to get involved with their communities, PAVE would be a great opportunity to put themselves out in the community. We tutors get to meet and know the teachers, students, and other staff of the school site we tutor with. Additionally, we are learning as well as we tutor the students because we are in the same classrooms as our students and their teachers."

Projected Timeline of Key Events and Benchmarks


  • May-July: Recruitment
  • August: Training
  • August-September: Placement
  • September-December: Tutoring, Reflection, Assessment/Evaluation


  • December-January: Recruitment
  • January: Training
  • January-February: Placement
  • February-May: Tutoring, Reflection, Assessment/Evaluation

To partner, please contact: