Children's Aid Society's Community Schools Support Teaching and Learning

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“Most union representatives at our schools have been our allies. Having school-based clinics improves student attendance and we also know that healthy students are better learners.  When students’ behavior and performance improves because they got glasses, we are definitely supporting teaching and learning,” says Alma Whitford, Deputy Director of The Children’s Aid Society’s Community Schools.  “Besides homework help, our afterschool programs provide quality enrichment opportunities, and our summer programs help prevent summer learning loss. Our Youth Councils encourage students’ leadership. We have education coordinators in our schools, to ensure cohesiveness between the regular school day and our afterschool program.”

Jenifer Archibald is one of these education coordinators and also teaches at a CAS middle school.  She believes that it gives teachers peace of mind to know that their pupils are doing productive work after school; that they have time, space and assistance to do homework. “We are also doing math and English Language Arts assessments during afterschool and then we tackle the areas that are weak, so it makes it easier for teachers to teach. The school clinic is a super plus for us; you send a kid to the clinic and most of the time he’s back in class in an hour or so—ready to learn.”