Literacy and Corrections | Littératie et services correctionnels

Correctional volunteer literacy tutors in Ontario | Tuteurs bénévoles en alphabétisation et services correctionnels en Ontario

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"Planting Seeds"

Tutoring adults in a provincial jail, detention centre or correctional centre is different than tutoring in the community. One of the main differences is that adult inmates are often incarcerated for short periods of time.

Incarceration can be only a few days, weeks or months so the literacy tutor has limited time to assess, start tutoring and connect the learner with ongoing resources.

For example, a literacy tutor may:

  • Meet with a learner on one occasion, complete an initial assessment and refer the learner to resources in his/her community;
  • Meet with a learner on several occasions, complete an assessment, identify resources in the community and start to address the literacy deficits identified; or
  • Meet with a learner on many occasions, complete an assessment, assist the learner to make specific gains, and identify resources in the learner’s community.

Literacy tutoring in a probation and parole office is similar to providing tutoring for a community literacy organization, except that it is provided in a secure environment.

As a literacy tutor in corrections, it is important to value all aspects of the tutoring. You are “planting seeds” for further learning and will be making referrals to help the learner to more easily take the next steps. You will seldom see a learner progressing as far as he/she needs to, however, you will be instrumental in the learner’s ongoing process.


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