Widdifield Student Success Department Leadership & Peer Support

Student Success Department
Widdifield Student Success Department
Leadership & Peer Support
This course prepares students to act in leadership and peer support roles. Students will
design and implement a plan for contributing to their school and/or community; develop
skills in communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, and conflict management;
and apply those skills in leadership and/or peer support roles. Students will examine
group dynamics and learn the value of diversity within groups and communities.
It is strongly recommended that students enrolled in this course have achieved a 75%
average, have earned their 16 grades 9/10 credits and/or demonstrate leadership
potential. Students are accepted into the peer tutoring program at WSS only if teachers
have recommended these students as suitable tutors.
Peer Tutor Evaluation-Description
You will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. In Class – 50% of your mark will be focused on your performance in class. It is sub-divided into
the following four categories:
a) Planning – There are many at-risk students, and our top priority is to not let anyone ‘slip
through the cracks’. Effective planning is critical to achieving this goal. In the Student Success
folder on the shared drive, you will find a weekly planner. You are to maintain the planner and
your teacher will evaluate them each week. Value: 12.5%
b) Tracking – In the Student Success room, the teachers and students are accountable for their
daily work to parents and administrators. Your MSIP work each day is to add comments to
your tracking files so that we can accurately follow and report on any one of our at-risk
students at any given time. This includes your last name, the date, the work you did AND any
students who were absent or declined help. Value: 12.5%
c) Interpersonal Skills – Working with at-risk students is joy and a challenge. Interpersonal
skills and effective communication come into play every time we meet a student in the hall,
approach him/her in MSIP, and work with him/her one-on-one. This mark is based on your
teacher’s observation of your daily interactions, as well as feedback from MSIP teachers.
Value: 12.5%
d) Initiative – Initiative can best be described as what you do in response to the level of need
that you encounter. What are the ‘little extras’ that you bring to the table? What are the small
personal touches that you can provide to the students you meet? How can you manage
without specific direction from your teacher? Value: 12.5%
2. Good News Stories – You will be required to write four (4) success stories based on students
with whom you work. A success can be anything that you contribute or learn that has a positive
outcome on a student. One is due at the beginning of each month, beginning in month two of the
Value: 10%
3. Assignments - These assignments will be given to you as the semester progresses. Each
assignment is due at the beginning of the month, to be submitted along with your Good News
Value: 15%
4. Major Project – Tutors will receive specific details about this large group project as the semester
Value: 10%
5. Final Exam – You will receive your final exam two weeks before the end of the course. You will
have one week to complete it at home and submit it to your teacher. It will focus on reflections of
your own performance with students, and your observations within room 226 as well as the
Student Success Program. You will receive an evaluation rubric with the exam. Value: 15%
You are expected to attend class on time, every day. As well, attendance at lunch hour meetings is
mandatory. Although these items are not assigned a grade value, remember that your effectiveness as a
tutor is tied directly to your commitment to the at-risk students who visit our classroom hoping for an
opportunity to work with you, the senior student and peer tutor.
*Exemplars for each evaluated item are available in room 226