Northside ISD is offering Online Student Homework Support free of charge to all NISD students after hours and on weekends. The goal is to assist students in the academic content areas of Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and/or Social Studies. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.
Online Student Homework Support is available Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. for elementary students and 6 to 10 p.m. for secondary students; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all levels; and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. for all levels.
Students can access the link through Schoology under the courses tab, the Home Access Center (HAC) under the school links tab, and in their NISD portal with an icon that signifies Student Homework Support.
Susan Cary, a fifth grade bilingual teacher at Cole Elementary School says that she chose to be a tutor because she has a passion for helping families.
“I want to partner with parents and support them during these unprecedented times,” she said. “I want to be part of the solution by modeling service to our students and their families.”
“Teacher Tutors help fill in any gaps that might be there with one on one help and help students feel more confident and better about their assignments,” says Barbara Alaniz-Agers, a math and science teacher at Vale Middle School.
“The first calls that came in was as if I were in the classroom with a student sitting with them one-on-one,” Alaniz-Agers added. “These sessions have been great because parents are encouraging and coaching their children on how to ask for help. I was able to help with activating prior knowledge and praising students when they finally understood a concept. One student shared that she was so glad that she could get help the same day when she was finishing her assignments rather than waiting for help the next day.”
Katie Gerlich, a geometry teacher at Construction Careers Academy, says that the students have been really excited to have someone to help them after hours. “In the ‘traditional’ school setting, students have the ability to attend tutoring with other teachers on their campus, but sometimes their teacher is unavailable,” she said. “It’s good for them to hear the information in a different way from a different teacher.”
“I’ve been a private math tutor for years and I love working one-on-one with students to help them love and appreciate mathematics,” Gerlich continued. “When the opportunity arose to be a Teacher Tutor where I could help students from all across NISD, I couldn’t say ‘no!’”
These three incredible teachers plus many more are available to help students stay engaged, be successful, and continue the culture of caring as we work to be back, together, and better.