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The Learning Commons Model

Crossroads Education (CRE) is a company with a vision of improving the education system. Our methodology is to build collaborative learning spaces that ensure secondary access to classroom content, extending the responsibility of teaching from the instructor to the students. This is the Learning Commons model, the heart of our company and the inspiration behind all of our products.

How an LC Works


Peer tutors

Learning Commons (LC) are powered by peer-tutors who work in the space in exchange for pay, class credits, and other incentivization. Peer-tutoring provides additional support to your teachers and students, and improves student interpersonal skills and content understanding for tutors and non-tutors alike.


Activated spaces

LCs are located on college and K-12 campuses, and are designed to promote a comfortable learning environment for students. Most LCs are outfitted with whiteboard walls and tables, soft seating, touchscreens, and CRE-made student resources.


A community

An LC is a great place to get help from tutors, but it is also a place for students to work on homework, for instructors to hold office hours, and for study groups to meet. Learning Commons are welcoming environments that benefit all school community members and partners.


Open access

LCs are open access, meaning students can visit the space and receive peer-tutoring without an appointment. Depending on the school, this can mean during school hours, after/before school, or even on weekends.

1.42

letter grade improvement

90%

under-represented minority participation

75,000+

annual visits

Multi-Year Validation Study at IndianaUniversity-Purdue University Indianapolis



100%

peer-tutors passed ISTEP

3,000+

visits in the first year

89%

student body utilization

One-Year Validation Study at Crispus Attucks High School

How an LC Works


Peer tutors

Learning Commons (LC) are powered by peer-tutors who work in the space in exchange for pay, class credits, and other incentivization. Peer-tutoring provides additional support to your teachers and students, and improves student interpersonal skills and content understanding for tutors and non-tutors alike.


Activated spaces

LCs are located on college and K-12 campuses, and are designed to promote a comfortable learning environment for students. Most LCs are outfitted with whiteboard walls and tables, soft seating, touchscreens, and CRE-made student resources.


1.42

letter grade improvement

90%

under-represented minority participation

75,000+

annual visits

Multi-Year Validation Study at IndianaUniversity-Purdue University Indianapolis



A community

An LC is a great place to get help from tutors, but it is also a place for students to work on homework, for instructors to hold office hours, and for study groups to meet. Learning Commons are welcoming environments that benefit all school community members and partners.


Open access

LCs are open access, meaning students can visit the space and receive peer-tutoring without an appointment. Depending on the school, this can mean during school hours, after/before school, or even on weekends.

100%

peer-tutors passed ISTEP

3,000+

visits in the first year

89%

student body utilization

One-Year Validation Study at Crispus Attucks High School

Creating an LC


Let's work together

Our Learning Commons have helped improve academic performance, provide support for instructors, and strengthen school communities. We work closely with schools and universities to build LCs on their campuses and to train and prepare their student workforce to be excellent tutors.


Design research

We begin building your LC by utilizing a design-thinking research process to successfully incorporate the LC model into your school. We spend time at your location collecting data to gain a comprehensive understanding of your school’s needs, which allows us to craft an individualized experience that benefits your students best.


Space planning

We work with you to find a location for your LC and then begin activating the space. With your collaboration on vendors and budget we design the layout, furnishing, and tech to outfit your LC. We take care of ordering furniture, hiring painters, and installing whiteboards.

Running an LC


LC Directors

Learning Commons are run by professionally trained LC Directors. LC Directors are the liaison between Crossroads Education and your school, and they are vital to the success of a Learning Commons.


LC Directors have the following responsibilities:

  • Build the Learning Commons
  • Meet with admin to determine the needs of your space
  • Promote the LC Model culture
  • Provide emotional support to students
  • Supervise students
  • Facilitate learning in the LC
  • Act as liaison between CRE and school
  • Onboard and promote the LC to staff and students
  • Hire peer-tutors
  • Provide ongoing training and support for peer-tutors
  • Create student resources

Licensing

In order to attain consistent results across our Learning Commons we train every LC director that operates in our spaces. We offer two operational licenses to accommodate different school needs.


Offsite Program Management License:

Crossroads runs your LC for you, so that you may better focus your time and resources on serving your students. We staff your personalized Learning Commons with a person that we select and train based on your school’s specific needs. This is our preferred license because it allows us to provide ongoing training and guarantees that your LC Director will be an appropriate culture fit for the LC model.


Launch License:

Schools appoint and pay their own LC Director. We will work closely with your director to build the LC and train them to run the model in a way that we have found successful. Crossroads will also provide one semester of launch support, which includes hiring, training, and developing your tutoring team.


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