Updated: November 16, 2020 06:22 PM
Created: November 16, 2020 12:29 PM
Families may feel like they're floundering right now, as distance learning looms longer and longer. But Duluth Public Schools has a plan to help.
ISD 709 has entered into an agreement with the College of Saint Scholastica to provide academic tutoring supports for students. It will be free for Duluth students and their families.
CSS tutors will begin providing supports within the next couple of weeks. They are from a wide variety of different majors, according to Dr. Kelly Durick Eder, associate professor at CSS and a Duluth school board member. "Our high school and elementary students will have access to a lot of different types of knowledge, so that's exciting. And our students at Scholastica, with our Benedictine values, do have a commitment to serve and love of learning," she said.
The district said tutoring support is only available online and will be provided through Zoom meeting links, as CSS accounts do not work with Google Meet.
"We'll look to be focusing on after school hours, when students and family are looking for that support," Durick Eder said. "This is by no means meant to be a replacement for teaching moments with your child's teacher."
"Sometimes when you're working with your child in distance learning, it's really helpful to have somebody do that mentoring piece. It eliminates that tension when it's the parent/child relationship. I think it's going to be a great opportunity and I really encourage Duluth parents to use this service," Durick Eder added.
CSS students do not have teacher access to Canvas or Seesaw and will not be working with your child's teacher to get work.
A parent can elect to give access rights as an observer to a tutor working with a student or the student can share the online learning with a tutor.
Parents must give permission for students to access these supports.
To request tutor support, sign up here:
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