With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Montclair school community was quickly thrust into remote learning. While school staff have risen to the challenge of continuing to educate and support our 6,700 students online, many students are struggling to navigate this new landscape.
In distance learning, it is easier for students to disengage, particularly those students who were already falling behind, were struggling to be engaged, and are not already connected to supports such as community-based tutoring programs. The risk for disengagement is likely to increase if students lack tech-savvy supports at home, or are facing other challenges in their home environments.
Students, particularly those who were already feeling disconnected from school, could also use some social and emotional support with the ups and downs of this challenging time.
MFEE PEEPs (Peer-led Educational Engagement Program) is a new initiative to support students who are struggling with distance learning by providing individualized peer support. Youth connect with their peers in ways that they often cannot with adults. The primary goal of PEEPs is to spark relationships that will lead to greater school engagement.
Every student in PEEPs is paired with a Montclair High School Peer Leader, and together they will focus on things like time management, understanding Google Classroom and other technology, figuring out how to overcome obstacles - and just dealing with the ups and downs of school in general. Peer Leaders will be supported and advised by MFEE and MPS staff.
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