D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School is a program designed to challenge students academically within the liberal arts curriculum. The content students encounter during their respective D’Evelyn tenures should be both rich and challenging. The purpose of the challenging curriculum is to prepare students for a rich and full life, regardless of their chosen future pursuits.
One challenge in this program, where teacher-directed, whole-group instruction is the primary pedagogical method, is that different students will struggle at different times for different reasons. In our shared effort to prepare students for life, I hope we can all agree that challenges are an important component of adolescence. Nonetheless, all community members - students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration - need to be ready to work together to respond supportively when students face those challenges in their D’Evelyn years.
Specifically, in the academic realm, we acknowledge that individual students will have unique challenges. There are a variety of ways for students to seek support to achieve their academic goals at D’Evelyn.
First and foremost, I encourage students to work directly with teachers when they are struggling with a topic or course. Our 7th hour is well-designed for students to seek individual support, guidance, and assistance with academic material. Additionally, our faculty are happy to work with students at various other times during the day, particularly before and after school. Students should make those arrangements directly with their teachers.
When students who struggle with the self-advocacy need to seek additional assistance from teachers, I encourage parents to work with their students to encourage the development of this important skill. Ideally, students should directly address teachers when they are struggling - ask questions, seek clarification, request help and support. When students need extra encouragement to work with teachers, we ask parents and families to use direct communication with teachers.
In addition to seeking individual support from teachers, D’Evelyn also offers a Peer Tutoring Program, where students may receive individual support and tutoring from another D’Evelyn student. The tutoring program is reflective of the D’Evelyn Founding Document, as the Founders expected that different students may struggle in different academic areas in the whole-group, teacher-directed instructional model. The Peer Tutoring program is designed to support students across content areas and encourage academic growth for those that seek the support of the program.
We plan to begin the Peer Tutoring program for this school year in the upcoming days. Students may sign up to either give or receive tutoring. The Peer Tutoring webpage can be found from the D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School homepage. For more information on Peer Tutoring, to request a tutor, or to seek a tutoring position, navigate to the Peer Tutoring request form through “Academics” drop-down menu, and select “Peer Tutoring”. The link to the page is: http://develyn.jeffcopublicschools.org/academics/peer_tutoring.
Students can request Peer Tutoring on their own. However, parents, teachers, and counselors are also able to recommend students for Peer Tutoring services and are encouraged to do so if they feel a student would benefit from the program.
If you have further questions or wish to discuss the D’Evelyn Peer Tutoring program further, please contact D’Evelyn Assistant Principal Tim Schmeckpeper at Tim.Schmeckpeper@jeffco.k12.co.us.