GSW's Boris Peltsverger (far left), ASHS's Mohanlal Gugulothu (second from left), and GSW Assistant Professor of Math Kailash Ghimire (far right) stand with 17 of the 20 students involved in the program.
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -
During the 2013-2014 academic year, mathematics and computer science faculty from Georgia Southwestern State University established a "Peer-Tutoring" Program at Americus-Sumter High School-South Campus.
These faculty worked with a group of 20 seniors to help sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills, and trained them in the dynamics of interacting with their peers to help them become more proficient in mathematics.
In the spring, these young "peer-tutors" stepped in to help their supervising teachers prepare at-risk students to take a variety of end-of-term mathematics and AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) tests.
All of the data determining the effectiveness of the program has not been collected, but school system administrators and ASHS mathematics faculty are encouraged by the enthusiasm and hard work of each participant.
A generous grant from AT&T funded the project. Ervin Anderson, Jan Boesten, Kailash Ghimire, Chadwick Gugg, Boris Peltsverger, Dongwen Qi, and John Stroyls represented the GSW School of Computing and Mathematics on the project. They are hopeful that data from the program will show positive results, allowing them to seek funding to sustain and replicate "peer-tutoring" at other high schools in Georgia Southwestern's 13-county service area.
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