A program of small group and individual tutoring supports is coming to the Near North District School Board.
The Board is using provincial funding from a Ministry of Education initiative that aims to close gaps caused by the disruptions of COVID-19.
All schools at the board can access the funding, which will be in place until the end of March, to engage students impacted by learning disruptions.
“This funding will enable staff to support even the youngest learners if they need extra help,” says Erika Lougheed, Board Chair.
Three approaches have been developed that will prioritize math, literacy and other foundational learning skills.
They include before-and after-school tutoring programs in all regions of the board, a partnership to support struggling readers in Grades 7-10 and a plan to recruit, hire and train post-secondary students to work with K-12 students in small groups during the school day.
That third approach looks to build on the success of a tutoring initiative last spring that saw 32 post-secondary students from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University hired to facilitate tutoring programs.
Craig Myles, Education Director, says recruiting and training Nipissing students has provided valuable support to students while they’re at school supplementing the work of classroom teachers.