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Program

Heart recruits and supports volunteers to work as tutors for students in Title I schools. School staff recommends students who are struggling in math. Heart then assesses each student to determine his/her conceptual gaps. Volunteers provide instruction at each student’s level in the form of 30 minute tutoring sessions, twice per week during the school day. In addition to providing academic support, tutors act as mentors, providing much-needed encouragement that can have a long-term positive impact on students’ confidence and enthusiasm towards academics.

Volunteers are effective within a commitment of just one hour per week because of Heart’s curriculum and on-site support.

Curriculum

  • CMS-approved, Common Core-based
  • Internally developed, specifically for use by volunteers
  • Targets foundational number sense skills needed for success in higher level math
  • Pre-assessments identify conceptual gaps of each individual student
  • Post-assessments measure student growth
  • Hands-on activities

On-Site Coordinator  – Heart provides an on-site coordinator to each school where it operates.

  • Trains and coordinates volunteers
  • Communicates with school staff
  • Monitors and supports student progress

Heart operates in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

Designed Collaboratively with CMS:

  • Heart was formed in partnership with CMS, originating as a result of community members seeking to understand and meet the district’s needs.
  • CMS curriculum specialists continue to advise Heart on curricular resources, student selection, assessment practices, and organizational growth.

Deep presence in partner schools:

  • 50 students per school, grades 1 – 5
  • Quarterly reports updating teachers and families on student progress
  • Family education events prior to Winter Holiday Break and Summer Break
"Heart is beneficial to students academically and emotionally. My students look forward to the days they see their tutors, and they gain a deeper understand of math. Heart is also a great way to connect community members with schools and children." – Ms. Morrissete, 1st grade teacher at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary