SCHIP awarded a $650 grant to support the TeenOpps Cares program, which helps connect low income K-8 youth with local high school teens from Champlain Valley Union who can provide, review, and reinforce basic math skills. The grant will support two peer tutoring pairs that will meet throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Teens will receive training in best tutoring practices and will focus on strengthening previously introduced math content, rather than teaching new math concepts, with their K-8 partners. This grant will be implemented by TeenOpps with assistance from John Madden, Shelburne Community School Math Coordinator.
Research suggests that students, those tutoring and those being tutored, benefit in many ways from peer instruction—from academic improvement to social and emotional growth. This award will mean a lot to teens and underprivileged children in the SCHIP’s communities who can now avail themselves of this special tutoring opportunity.