- How is the L2L program structured?
- When is L2L offered at schools, and how much time does the program take, from start to finish?
- How many tutors and peers participate in each L2L school program?
- Who can be an L2L tutor?
- Are L2L tutors older than their peers?
- Are L2L tutors paid?
- Can I get academic credit for being an L2L tutor?
- Can I get community service hours for being an L2L tutor?
- Who can be tutored through L2L?
- Is there a cost for students to receive tutoring with L2L?
- What subjects are supported by L2L tutoring?
- Who can be an L2L Trainer?
- Who can be an L2L School Coordinator?
- What are the benefits of participating?
- How can my school get involved?
- Where does your funding come from?
- How do you measure success in your program?
At L2L, we train and certify student tutors in elementary and secondary schools to provide informed academic assistance to younger students who are at risk academically, underachieving, or new to the English language. This program is free-of-charge for students, and addresses important issues of equity by prioritizing at risk communities.
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.
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 personal learning profiles. By the end of this training, tutors are experts in multiple intelligences, learning styles and mindsets, so they know how to best support their Peers during tutoring sessions. 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.
Tutors are provided a Tutor Training Manual.
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 sessions to support their Peer to 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.
Benefits to Participating
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. For more information about the success and benefits of L2L and our monitoring and evaluation efforts.
Making it Happen
Behind every successful L2L program is a team comprised of the L2L School Coordinator, L2L Trainer, and L2L Tutor. Each of these people has an important role to play within an L2L school, and must work together to make L2L happen. Check out the profiles for each of these roles below. If you’re interested in joining L2L in any of these capacities, please contact us.
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
Jesse Guy-Herman published When is L2L offered at schools, and how much time does the program take, from start to finish? in FAQ 2017-01-11 16:02:56 -0500A:
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.
Jesse Guy-Herman published How many tutors and peers participate in each L2L school program? in FAQ 2017-01-11 16:02:25 -0500A:
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.
Tutors in the L2L program are not paid. They do however receive a certificate after the completion of their training and 10 hours of peer-tutoring sessions.
Jesse Guy-Herman published Can I get academic credit for being an L2L tutor? in FAQ 2017-01-11 16:01:02 -0500A:
Some secondary schools who offer the course “Leadership and Peer Support” (GPP30) as a grade 11 open course embed L2L in this credit. It is the School Coordinator’s responsibility to decide whether it is feasible to offer L2L programming in this way.
Jesse Guy-Herman published Can I get community service hours for being an L2L tutor? in FAQ 2017-01-11 16:00:45 -0500A:
Many L2L tutors have used their peer tutoring hours with L2L towards their community service graduation requirements or for course credit. If you are a participating L2L Tutor and want to learn more about this option, speak with your L2L School Coordinator.
There are a variety of ways a school can identify candidates for tutoring. Students can sign up, and in this case, anyone who wants extra help can be tutored, or a school can identify a particular grade or a group a students to whom tutoring is offered. These decisions are made by the School Coordinator, in collaboration with their designated L2L Trainer.
Jesse Guy-Herman published Is there a cost for students to receive tutoring with L2L? in FAQ 2017-01-11 15:59:32 -0500A:
There is no cost for students to receive peer-tutoring with L2L. One of the driving purposes of our program is to offer academic support to students who would not otherwise receive it to due to a lack of financial means.
Jesse Guy-Herman published What subjects are supported by L2L tutoring? in FAQ 2017-01-11 15:59:14 -0500A:
The subjects of tutoring sessions differ from school to school. Often, there is a variety of subjects covered within one L2L program, and often students ask for support with more than one subject. This focus is determined by the School Coordinator, the L2L Tutors, and the Peers.
All L2L Trainers must have an Ontario College of Teachers Certificate, or its equivalent, and must receive a clear vulnerable sector clearance. L2L Trainers have a passion for learning and for helping others, are creative problem solvers, and believe that all students can succeed under the right conditions with appropriate support. Relevant experience includes teaching in a classroom, leadership development training, positions in school leadership, knowledge of multiple intelligences, learning styles and mindsets. Currently, L2L Trainers are veteran teachers and administrators who have retired from their formal posts, but are passionate about making a difference and want to give back to their school communities. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of an L2L Trainer. If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at email@example.com
Tutors can benefit from participating in L2L in the following ways:
- Developing communication and leadership skills
- Some secondary schools offer L2L as part of a for-credit course, so some students can obtain academic credit for participating
- Many schools accept tutoring hours as community service hours
- Helping another student and making a difference in their lives
- Obtaining valuable work experience to add to their resume
- Receiving a certificate that recognizes their achievement
Peers being tutored can benefit from L2L in the following ways:
- Having free-of-charge, one-on-one academic support in areas requiring improvement
- Developing a relationship with a supportive peer
- Seeing an improvement on test scores and grades
- Developing the confidence required to succeed in and out of school
L2L School Coordinators are often administrators or guidance counselors. This role is open to anyone on staff at a school who is interested in helping students who are at-risk academically to improve and to reach their potential. L2L School Coordinators have a passion for learning and for helping others, are creative problem solvers, and believe that all students can succeed under the right conditions with appropriate support. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of an L2L School Coordinator. If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org