Closing the Opportunity Gap for Racialized and Under-Resourced Communities

Thursday 9 December 2021

This webinar will share findings from a SSSHRC funded project titled “COVID-19: Closing the Achievement Gap through Remote Learning for Children and Youth in Racialized and Under-Resourced Communities”.


The Community School Initiative is a partnership between the Youth Association for Academics, Athletics, and Character Education (YAAACE) and Spirit of Math offering extra-curricular supplementary programs outside of school hours. The goal of the program is to close the opportunity gap for racialized and under-resourced communities.

The program offers the Spirit of Math curriculum to students in grades two to eight supported by parents, coaches, and Ontario Certified Teachers (OCT). Findings indicate that the achievement gap can be closed by focusing on minimizing the opportunity gap by creating access to high quality educational programs that align curriculum with the needs of the community. For more information:

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