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Each school involved in the L2L program has a designated L2L School Coordinator who is responsible for tailoring the program to suit the context of their particular school, and to engage and support students involved in the program. An L2L Trainer is also assigned to each participating school to train tutors and collaborate with the School Coordinator to ensure that each participating student is successful.
L2L Tutors are older students who work one-on-one with a matched Peer to mentor and help them in their academics.
L2L Peers are younger students who need extra support in their school work or guidance in school and beyond.
Trainers are educators with over 25 years of experience. They lead training sessions on personalized learning, check-in throughout the program, and facilitate leadership development with Tutors.
School Coordinators are often teachers, administrators or other staff members at the school who collaborate with the L2L Trainer to manage the program at their school.
Student-centered and personalized learning approaches are at the core of the L2L training curriculum. At the beginning of each L2L school program, tutors receive support from an L2L Trainer who comes to their school to facilitate 2-4 sessions on tutoring strategies with an emphasis on learning styles, multiple intelligences, and mindsets.
At set intervals between tutoring sessions, tutors meet with other tutors and their L2L Trainers for ongoing training to discuss strategies, engage in problem-solving and role-playing activities, and to share experiences with one another.
Each Tutor is matched with a Peer by their L2L School Coordinator, and the tutor is responsible for leading at least ten hours of one-on-one peer-tutoring to help their peer improve their academic standing in a particular subject. These sessions are catered to the particular learning needs of the peer. Warm-up exercises, fun educational activities, and other resources are provided in training and on an on-going basis to support tutors in the delivery of these sessions.
The School Co-ordinator
Every school engaged in L2L programming has a School Coordinator responsible for the program and the reason for the program’s success.
The School Coordinator plays an instrumental role in initiating the L2L program at a school by identifying the need for the program, leading the selection of Tutors, and matching Tutors with Peers. School Coordinators are often administrators or guidance counselors, but this role is open to anyone on staff at a school. L2L provides reference letters for School Coordinators who would like to include L2L in their leadership portfolio.
Responsibilities of a School Co-ordinator
Benefits to students
Tutors participate in L2L for a variety of reasons. Secondary schools offer our program for academic credit, or for volunteer hours, and all who complete the program receive a certificate from L2L. One benefit that tutors always report to us is the feeling that they’ve made a difference in the life of another student who needed help. The personal relationships that are created between tutors and their peers enhance the school community, with friendships being formed across grade levels. Peers involved have experienced increased academic success and confidence in subjects in which they were initially weak.
Frequently asked questions
The L2L program model is simple and flexible, which makes it easily adaptable to suit the particular needs of any given school. The following 4 core elements are common to every school:
- 2-3 tutor training sessions with an L2L trainer
- 10 hours of one-on-one peer-tutoring sessions
- Group review and debrief meetings between L2L tutors and trainers after intervals of 3, 6 and 10 tutoring sessions
- Final celebration and certificate distribution ceremony
L2L programming can start at various points during the school year. The latest recommended start date for an L2L program is January for elementary schools, and February for semestered secondary schools. With 2-3 training sessions for tutors, at least 10 of peer-tutoring sessions, 3 mid-program review meetings, a final review meeting, and celebration, each L2L program takes at least a couple months from start to finish.
The most important thing to consider when planning and scheduling an L2L school program is what will work in the specific context of a school. Some schools will want to support a particular grade with tutoring leading up to a provincial test; some schools may want to offer the program to students who want to boost their grades before applying for college or university; and some schools will want to engage with L2L on an ongoing basis all year to provide general support for all students.
Each L2L program is tailored to suit the particular needs of our schools, so the scope of the program is determined by the School Coordinator, in collaboration with their designated L2L Trainer. On average, elementary schools usually have 10-15 tutors involved in L2L programming, while secondary schools usually have 15-20 tutors involved. Each of these tutors usually supports 1 peer.
If you are at a school with an L2L program, speak with your School Coordinator about how to get involved. L2L tutors should be academically strong, but do not need to be at the top of their class. The most important qualities of a good tutor are empathy, communication, a positive attitude, and a desire to help others. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of an L2L Tutor. If your school does not offer L2L, but you think it should, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutors are usually a couple grades ahead of their peers, but there are also in some cases in which L2L programs are set up with tutors and peers in the same grade.
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