The Learning Disabilities Association of PEI (LDAPEI) is looking to hire more B.Ed. qualified tutors to deliver after-school programs to students across PEI.
“These positions are ideal for new B.Ed. graduates who don’t want to leave the Island and want some job experience in their field,” says Martin Dutton, Executive Director, LDAPEI. “If we get funding, we will also hire a summer student to be a Project and Research Developer.”
Applicants must be registered to teach on PEI. At present, 15 tutors work at schools across the Island.
For parents of children with a learning disability, LDAPEI offers advice and support, as well as math and reading programs.
The Island Reader Program: Tutors work one-on-one to deliver a reading and spelling program to students with reading disabilities or difficulties. Students learn foundational skills with an Orton-Gillingham influenced program.
The JUMP Math Program: Tutors deliver a math program in support of current curriculum to small groups of up to four students. The tutor makes the learning process fun while developing the confidence of each student.
“About 4,000 Island students have a diagnosed or undiagnosed learning disability or learning limitation,” says Martin.
About 100 students across PEI are enrolled in the LDAPEI programs to date. Each Island Reader program session costs $25 per hour, and Math is $10 per hour each in 10-week blocks. Martin encourages parents who are not able to pay for their child to be in a program to contact and register to be put on a waiting list to bring to the attention of funders.
“Apart from academic attainment, one of the biggest benefits of these programs is the students’ growing self confidence. They are helped to understand concepts they are struggling with, and there is no pressure and no written tests.”
For adults with a learning disability, the association offers advice about ways to access resources in the community. If funding is found, literacy and math programs will be offered.
Volunteers are needed throughout the year in areas such as:
- library resource assistance
- workshops registration
- database development
For more information, call 902-894-5032.
Email [email protected]
Drop by the LDAPEI office at 40 Enman Crescent, Room 149, Charlottetown.