Counting on You

Information for New and Returning Counting on You Teachers

Literacy and Numeracy Support for Our Students

Counting on You (COY) is a free program offered by the Peel District School Board to provide extra support in literacy and numeracy to students in Grades 7-10.

Which students will benefit from Counting On You?

  • students who are achieving (or have previously achieved) below 70% in Language, Math or any other academic subject
  • student who struggled with their grade 6 or 9 EQAO tests
  • students in grade 9 or 10 who are at risk of failing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in grade 10
  • students who are at risk of not meeting the curriculum standards in mathematics, reading and/or writing
  • any student who simply needs more time and help to meet the curriculum expectations

The Role of the Counting on You Teacher

Counting on You teachers are the key to a successful program.

In order for students to benefit from COY, the program must be responsive to their needs. It is essential that all COY teachers are aware of the specific literacy and/or numeracy needs of their students. This can be done through diagnostic assessment, through observations, and through conversations with the student and the student's subject teacher.

After identifying students literacy and/or numeracy needs, teachers are encouraged to identify and focus on one or two greatest areas of need for each student. Teachers are responsible for planning engaging, rich tasks and classroom activities that focus on addressing the greatest areas of need for the students in their classroom.

Differentiation is key to ensure that needs of all learners in the room are being met and that each student is experiencing success as part of the COY program.

Design a Counting on You Class to Meet the Needs of Your Students

Although all Counting on You Classes must be centered around a literacy and/or numeracy component, classes can be specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of your students. In the past, specialized COY classes have been created to support the needs of English Language Learners, French Immersion Students and OSSLT preparation. Perhaps your students would be engaged by a class that focused on a class inquiry surrounding a social justice issue or a class that addressed literacy and numeracy through a STEAM lens (science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics). The relatively short COY term (approximately 10 weeks) makes it the perfect opportunity to try out something new.

Support is Available

The central Counting on You staff is committed to supporting your work with students.

Lead teachers can submit requests to purchase professional resources and money is available in each school's COY budget to purchase materials and consumables. Additional support is available in the areas of promoting the COY program, identifying students' greatest area of need and planning engaging lessons and activities. Help is only an email or a phone call away!

For More Information

Please contact Heather Harrold - Coordinator - Counting on You

905-890-1010 ext. 2538

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