Friends of Simon
Universities in Canada are associated with teaching and research, but they also have a great capacity for service to their communities. Friends of Simon, an award-winning SFU Faculty of Education initiative, brings together an attitude of inquiry, our instructional knowledge, and our students, in order to provide literacy tutoring for school-aged children and youth.
Friends of Simon recruits, prepares, and assigns university students as literacy tutors in the Lower Mainland, particularly with newcomer K-12 students. With our cooperating sites, Friends of Simon works to increase school success through after-school, Saturday, and summer programs in small group and individualized settings. Instruction is based on current trends in pedagogy and tutors receive their training and supervision from members of the Faculty of Education who themselves are involved in educational research. Friends of Simon is an SFU Faculty of Education outreach project supported by the United Way of the Lower Mainland, David Mowafaghian Foundation, North Growth Foundation, Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, William and Nona Heaslip Foundation, Employees of Rogers B.C., Dr. Steve Marshall, SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC), Heritage Education Funds, and Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan.
Draw Forth All
We ourselves learn as we teach and we redesign Friends of Simon in light of our experience conducting instruction. Our mission is summarized by the phrase, Draw Forth All, which combines the Latin root of the word education ("to draw forth") with the moral commitment of Nobel Laureate and SFU honouree, Bishop Desmond Tutu, specifically his call to serve and honour all people.
Teaching is often seen as the transmission of knowledge, in the manner of filling up empty minds. Education, however, is a process that builds on the prior experience of the learner and evokes new learning through engagement, questioning, and acknowledgment of the individual.
— Paul Shaker, Professor emeritus and Friends of Simon Director.
Friends of Simon is so excited to partner with Porte Communities. Over the summer they granted us this gift to enable our program to continue to provide free after-school tutoring to at-risk, vulnerable and newcomer students in Port Moody and at our other sites. Thank you to David Porte and all @portecommunities for your generous support!
Our Annual Friends of Simon Evaluation Report (2018/2019) has been released that outlines and highlights the impact FOS has on our community and students.
October 19, 2019
Don't they want to READ?
January 23, 2019
Friends of Simon Evaluation
January 08, 2019
Friends of Simon Featured in SFU News
SFU News: Friends of Simon program bridges learning barriers for newcomer students
November 18, 2018
Kanwal Neel - Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Sport as an International Athletics Official
Dr. Kanwal Neel, Friends of Simon Program Coordinator, is honoured for his work in sports officiating and permanently inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Richmond City Hall.