When life is complicated (as it really has been this year for many students) it is all too easy to fall behind in schoolwork. At Westview in the Department for Exceptional Children, students in the 6:1:1 program are learning that they can still get back on track and excel. The intensive, personalized help they need is available every month at After School Matters.
The After School Matters initiative offers extra one-to-one attention from ELA teacher Tim Baker and other volunteer staff members. “We can help with whatever students need,” said Baker. “ELA, science, global, using technology, organizing their Schoology account, writing papers. Just by attending an after school session and working with us for an hour or so, students can get extra academic credits. The study program is for learning, but it’s also about building relationships. We care and we’re here for our students. We want to encourage trust and develop each student’s confidence in their ability to succeed.”
“Families provide transportation home after the study sessions, so it’s also a great opportunity to meet parents,” Baker said. “We’re able to answer their questions and provide help with technology, remote learning and many other educational and social-emotional issues. Parents are eager for practical ideas on how they can support their kids.”
Feature Photo/This Page: Westview teacher Tim Baker helps a student navigate a challenging assignment.