Sharing our coaching program

The Coaching Program initiative is a partnership between the aforementioned organizations. The primary purpose of the program is to prepare Grade 7 and Grade 8 students with learning disabilities for the transition to high school.

Project Category:
Strengthening research brokering work
Topic Area:
Equity and Inclusion
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Equity, Engagement, Transitions
Project Lead(s):
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Brief Background:
The Coaching Program initiative is a partnership between the aforementioned organizations. The primary purpose of the program is to prepare Grade 7 and Grade 8 students with learning disabilities for the transition to high school. The program provides one-on-one experience for a pre-service teacher working with a youth who lives with a learning disability, helping to prepare them for the realities of the classroom. This project intends to share what it has learned with other partners across Ontario to implement similar programs.
Research Context:
According to the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, learning disabilities affect one or more of the ways a person takes in, stores, or uses information. Between 5 and 10 per cent of Canadians have learning disabilities. The Early School Leavers Report (2005) states that youth with learning disabilities often skip school and are left so far behind that they end up leaving school or are asked to leave. The Coaching Program attempts to assist youth who have been identified has having learning disabilities with the transition to high school.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This project mobilizes knowledge by sharing best practices . The project will update its current coaching manual for dissemination. Furthermore, the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury will identify and assist other learning disabilities associations in receiving Federal funding to launch the program , as well as assist in its implementation. Assessment of the program will be shared with all project partners. Overall, this project mobilizes knowledge by sharing best practices learned from the Coaching Program.
Outcomes:
The Coaching Program currently enjoys success in the Sudbury and surrounding area: half of parents reported a growth in social skills, 69 per cent reported an increase in academic performance, and 71 per cent reported growth in self-confidence of their children. Student teachers also report that the role of coach is a rewarding and great learning experience. By sharing this program across the province, other districts may be able to enjoy similar positive outcomes for students, parents, and teachers.