Heart provides the curriculum and manages the tutors, enabling volunteers to effectively help students without creating additional work for school staff on a day-to-day basis.
Heart recruits and supports volunteers as tutors for students in high-poverty elementary schools. School staff recommend students who are below grade level in math. Heart then assesses each student to determine their individual gaps in understanding. Volunteers provide instruction at each student’s level in 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 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.
- 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
- 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