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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 be virtual for the entire 2020-21 school year. Several components remain unchanged: safety, strong math practices, and strong relationship-building between volunteers and students. While we are still working out specifics, here are a few things we know: (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, and tested these modifications in a 75-student pilot program this summer. 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!

How is Heart Tutoring protecting students and tutors in the virtual environment?

Heart Tutoring is committed to ensuring the highest standard of safeguarding to protect students, tutors, and staff in the virtual environment. This includes using a secure technology platform, screening tutors, providing ample tutor training, and our 2:1 tutor/student ratio. Adults will alternate being the “lead” and “observer” tutor. The observer will help monitor chat, video, and other features while one person is presenting/delivering the lesson. Video settings should be “on” for both lead tutor and observer. The observer may mute their audio if preferred. Spouses cannot tutor the same student within the same session.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who wants to help children increase their confidence and knowledge in math is encouraged to become a tutor – no math or teaching experience required! Heart tutors come from a variety of backgrounds, from college students, to professionals working full-time, to retirees. The requirements to volunteer are: must be 18 years or older, cannot be a current high school student (in accordance with school district policies), pass a background check, and must be able to commit to tutoring for at least one hour per week.

When do you need tutors?

Generally speaking, tutoring sessions are held Monday – Thursday during the school day. Each school has a slightly different schedule, and we are currently finalizing tutoring times with our partner schools. Once tutoring times are finalized, we will send a survey to all volunteers so they can select the tutoring day and time that work best for them. Tutoring takes place from late October 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 October 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.

It's already the middle of the semester - can I still volunteer?

Yes! Heart Tutoring enrolls students on a rolling basis. You can get started anytime between October and March. You do not need to wait until the beginning of the next semester.

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

Yes! No math, teaching, or tutoring experience is required. 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.

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.

How am I trained?

Volunteers commit to weekly tutoring sessions from late October to late May. Tutor training this year will consist of a recorded module that you can complete on your own time and a live one-hour virtual training. The live training will consist of practice with the curriculum using our technology for virtual tutoring, reviewing the Tutor Code of Conduct, and getting you prepared to work with students. For tutors who may not be as comfortable with the technology component of virtual tutoring we will be providing additional “office hours” for extra practice. Thereafter, volunteers receive email communication between sessions, support during tutoring sessions, and optional training workshops. An additional bank of resources will be provided this year to help tutors familiarize themselves with the technology used during virtual tutoring sessions. That 98% of over 3,000 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.

Will my schedule stay the same throughout the year?

As in past years, Heart Tutoring will make every effort to arrange consistent tutoring times with schools so that when you commit to a tutoring time, you can count on your ability to participate in tutoring at that time/day throughout the school year. However, please understand that, in the 2020/21 school year, schools face a high level of uncertainty as to the schedule and format of their school days due to COVID-19 and the phased school building reentry possibilities for students. Tutoring schedules and tutor/student pairings are more subject to change in the 2020/21 school year than a typical Heart Tutoring program year due to COVID-19. If tutoring schedules were to change, Heart Tutoring staff will notify tutors with as much notice as possible, and options might include the need to switch times and/or students to continue to provide support.

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

Heart’s model is to work with the same student(s) through the course of the school year. Due to the unexpected nature of school schedules due to COVID-19, you may need to switch students. If this were to happen, we would give you as much notice as possible. Each tutoring session is 30 minutes, so most volunteers tutor two students back-to-back for 30 minutes each. Tutors also have the option of tutoring the same student for 30 minutes, two days per week, or tutoring two students back-to-back two days a week (for a total of four tutoring sessions per week).

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 tayler.fisher@hearttutoring.org.

How are students selected to participate in Heart Tutoring?

Teachers nominate students to participate in Heart Tutoring, and Heart staff members individually assess each nominated student to determine whether they would benefit from the program and to see which concepts they should focus on. All Heart students meet the following criteria:

  • First through fifth-grade student
  • 1-3 years behind grade level in math
  • Attend one of our partner schools

 

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.

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

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

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

 

 

 

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!



















  • I am a resident of North or South Carolina.



  • I have both device and internet access





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