Program Promotes Peer Learning In Bentonville

Posted: February 17, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Sixth-grade tutor Brianna Hernandez, 12, from left, reads “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System” on Thursday with fifth-graders Madhura Srinivas, and Michelle Gonzalez, both 10, as part of the Learning Together program at Ruth Barker Middle School in Bentonville.

Ruth Barker Middle School students Nathali Meza and Emely Mendez sat side by side in a classroom Thursday reading a book about a magic school bus that blasts off into outer space. As they read together, Nathali engaged Emely with questions related to the story. They discussed galaxies, moon rocks and the story’s characters.

At A Glance

Learning Together

Learning Together was developed in 1995 by a partnership of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Guilford County (N.C.) School District, Hebrew University and the National Council of Jewish Women Research Institute for Innovation in Education. It was based on Yachad (“Together”), a program created by development psychologists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, which was used to acclimate immigrants into Israeli schools for nearly 30 years. The program has been implemented in more than 100 school districts nationwide.

Source: The Learning Together Co.

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