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Heart Tutoring provides a fun way to build relationships with students while delivering academic skills crucial to their success. Anyone who can commit 1 volunteer hour per week can make an impact.

We would love for you to join us in the 2020/21 school year! Please indicate your interest below, and a Heart staff member will be in touch with you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering with Heart

How will Heart Tutoring’s program format change in response to COVID-19?

To maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, our traditional in-person tutoring model will need to be virtual in Fall 2020. Several components remain unchanged: safety, strong math practices, and strong relationship-building between volunteers and students. While we are still working out many specifics, here are a few changes we anticipate: (a) volunteers will need the ability to connect to the internet on a computer during tutoring sessions; (b) To prioritize student safety in a virtual setting, we will be adjusting our 1:1 model to 2:1, with 2 tutors working with 1 student in each session. Each tutor will have a defined role and our curriculum will be adapted to reflect this change; and (c) you may experience the added convenience of tutoring from your own home or office! We know it is disappointing to imagine not seeing students in person. This is yet another tough reality of COVID-19, along with the finding here that school interruptions due to COVID-19 and summer break may cause students to lose over half of what they learned in math during the 2019/20 school year. We are working on fun and impactful modifications to go virtual, with many more details still to plan. If you think you may be interested in tutoring virtually but would like more information before making your decision, please still sign up using the form below so that we can keep you informed!

Do I see the same student(s) every week?

Yes. The relationship you will build by supporting the same student(s) each week has a tremendous positive impact, and you and your student(s) will enjoy working together to accomplish math goals throughout the year. Each tutoring session is 30 minutes, so most volunteers tutor two students back-to-back for 30 minutes each. We plan to maintain this back-to-back format in virtual tutoring sessions this year.

When do you need tutors?

Generally speaking, tutoring sessions are held Monday – Thursday for an early morning session (~7:45 – 8:45AM) and a midday session (~1:30 – 2:30PM). Each school has a slightly different schedule, and you can specify the days and times that work best for you on the sign-up form. Tutoring happens from late September to early May and observes all school holidays.

Do you accept volunteers year-round?

Yes, we appreciate volunteer sign-ups throughout the school year! Ideally, volunteers begin tutoring in late September and continue through April in order to provide students with as much time in the program as possible. However, when a volunteer signs up later in the school year, we are normally able to add students to the program. Many students need extra help in math, and every time a volunteer signs up, an additional student can be tutored.

Sometimes I have to travel or attend a last-minute meeting to fulfill work and other commitments I have made, which could conflict with tutoring. Should I still sign up for Heart Math Tutoring?

To sign up for Heart Math Tutoring, you need to be able to tutor your student(s) each week. However, it is often fine to reschedule for a different day that week. Simply notify your Heart Coordinator and he/she will make arrangements.

How am I trained?

Volunteers commit to weekly tutoring sessions that last either 30 minutes or 1 hour. The first of those weekly sessions is an hour long orientation, where Heart introduces volunteers to the curriculum and session logistics and equips volunteers with a beginning knowledge of the broader context of student and school need. Thereafter, volunteers receive email communication between sessions, support during tutoring sessions, and optional training workshops on selected weekday evenings. That 98% of over 1,500 students to date have demonstrated significant growth in math is evidence that the curriculum is easy to follow and anyone can be an effective tutor through this program.

Math is not a strong subject for me. Would I still enjoy Heart and be an effective tutor?

Yes! You will be following an easy, fun curriculum that features hands-on activities and math games. The lessons involve cubes, playing cards, number shapes, and other manipulatives that allow students to internalize patterns and have fun with the numbers. Heart is designed to strengthen foundational number sense at the elementary level, which ranges from counting, to addition/subtraction of whole numbers, to single-digit multiplication. That 98% of students to date have demonstrated significant growth in math is evidence that the curriculum is easy to follow and anyone can be an effective tutor through this program.

What if I'm having trouble completing the background check?

CMS requires all volunteers to complete a background check at cmsvolunteers.com before working with students, so thank you in advance for your part in keeping students safe! Please see the attached document with support for the most common issues volunteers have when completing this process. If you have further questions please reach out to padgett.vaughn@hearttutoring.org.

Do I have to come up with activities or bring materials for the tutoring sessions?

No, a significant focus of Heart has been making tutoring easy and accessible for community volunteers. Heart provides all the activities, materials, and training for its tutors, laying down most of the groundwork so tutors can focus their energy on tutoring.

 

Volunteer Tutoring Times and Locations

Tutors are needed for the 2020-21 school year! Please sign up using the form below. You will be contacted with information on how to begin!

Map of Heart Schools

Click the pin on the map below to see school names and locations.

Allenbrook Elementary

1430 Allenbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208, USA

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 12:00-1:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Barringer Academic Center

1546 Walton Road, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Tutoring Times: 1:40-2:40PM, 3:00-4:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Bruns Avenue Elementary

501 South Bruns Avenue, Charlotte, NC, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 11:30-12:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Billingsville Leadership Academy

124 Skyland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:10-9:10AM, 1:30-2:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Cotswold Elementary

300 Greenwich Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:30-9:30AM, 1:00-2:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Endhaven Elementary

6815 Endhaven Ln, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:15-9:15AM, 11:45-12:45PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Greenway Park Elementary

8301 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 11:20-12:20 AM, 1:45-2:45 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Hidden Valley Elementary

5100 Snow White Ln, Charlotte, NC 28213, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 1:00-2:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Huntingtowne Farms

2520 Huntingtowne Farms Ln, Charlotte, NC 28210, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:15-9:15 AM, 12:20-1:20 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Joseph W. Grier Academy

8330 Grier Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 12:00-1:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Lebanon Road Elementary

7300 Lebanon Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227, USA

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 1:15-2:15PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Merry Oaks International Academy

3508 Draper Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, PM TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Montclaire Elementary

5801 Farmbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 12:45-1:45PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Myers Park Traditional

2132 Radcliffe Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207, USA

Tutoring Times: 12:30-1:30PM, 3:00-4:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Piney Grove Elementary

8801 Eaglewind Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 11:25-12:25PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Rama Road Elementary

1035 Rama Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:10-9:10 AM, 1:30-2:30 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Renaissance West STEAM Academy

3241 New Renaissance Way, Charlotte, NC 28208, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:30-9:30AM (Tues-Fri); 1:30-2:30PM (Tues-Fri)

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Shamrock Gardens Elementary

3301 Country Club Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 11:45AM-12:45PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Smithfield Elementary

3200 Smithfield Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:50-8:50AM, 12:30-1:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Statesville Road Elementary

5521 Milhaven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:05-9:05AM, 1:45-2:45PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Sterling Elementary

9601 China Grove Church Road, Pineville, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 11:00-12:00PM, 2:30-3:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Westerly Hills Academy

4420 Denver Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM (Tues-Fri), 11:30AM-12:30PM (Tues-Fri)

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Whitewater Academy

11600 White Rapids Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:50-8:50AM, 2:30-3:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20

 

 

 

Volunteer Sign Up Form (2020/21 School Year)

Volunteer tutors are needed in the 2020-21 school year! Given the realities of COVID-19, we are preparing for a virtual model in Fall 2020. (See Question #1 in the FAQ above.) Please select your preferences below, and we will be in contact soon with more information. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of elementary students!




















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