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posted: Tue, Nov 25th, 2014
Helping students strengthen their skills
Mount Olive Middle School recently began an afterschool tutoring program to help reinforce the skills of students in the core subject areas. Letters to the parents of eligible students were sent home on October 24, and the program officially began on November 17. There are about 50 students participating.
In the tutoring program, certified MOMS teachers work with small groups of students to assist them with their current academic course work and homework. The afterschool teachers also use data from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) assessment taken earlier in the fall and information from the students’ regular classroom teachers to pinpoint specific content areas that need improvement. It’s a highly personal, individualized approach designed to help students become more successful in school and confident in their skills.
Students in the program also can access an online interactive learning system called Acellus that customizes instruction based on their strengths and weaknesses. In Acellus, students watch videos of actual teachers teaching and then answer questions to test their learning. The program is designed to identify and reinforce topics that require remediation.
Students will again take the Northwest Evaluation Association assessment in the next few months to measure academic progress and provide information that will further help teachers identify the areas that require further reinforcement. The students will complete the assessment a final time in the spring to gauge and quantify the level of student improvement over the entire school year.
Patricia Padula, MOMS’ academic achievement specialist, coordinates the program.
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