Become A Volunteer!


The mission of Heart Math Tutoring (“Heart Tutoring”) is to ensure all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors.

Read about the program results and the donors, volunteers, and partners behind the work in the Annual Reports here:

Meet a Student

Carlos was a second-grade student at Billingsville Elementary School. He was an English Language Learner and was behind in several subjects. His teacher tried many interventions without success – extra support, small groups, special curriculums. She also nominated him for Heart Tutoring, meaning a volunteer tutor would retrieve him from class to practice math on his level for 30 minutes twice per week. On his pre-assessment, we noticed Carlos needed help in kindergarten concepts despite being in a second-grade math class. We gave his tutor Mr. Vigor lessons corresponding to Carlos’s level. Carlos enjoyed the hands-on activities and games in tutoring, and he and Mr. Vigor persevered to reach higher levels in the curriculum. By spring, Carlos’s teacher said Carlos had what she called “an academic growth spurt.” She said, “The other day, we were practicing skip counting – you know, 5, 10, 15… and Carlos shouted out ‘this is easy!’ He is shocking me and his classmates with his newfound math skills!” By the end of the year, Carlos had scored a 90% on a common core second-grade assessment. His teacher credits much of his growth to his time spent with Heart Tutoring volunteers.

Developing a Strong Foundation in Math

Heart Tutoring uses assessments adapted with permission from Kathy Richardson’s Assessing Math Concepts. The assessments measure progress across twelve foundational math concepts that are proven to be critical for long-term success in math. Concepts include counting, more vs. less, decomposition to 10, ten-frame addition and subtraction, place value, and more. The program target, established under the guidance of math specialists at CMS and UNC Charlotte, is that students show growth in 2+ concepts. To date, 98% of students have met this target, ensuring that nearly every student has a measurable, meaningful benefit from the program.

In addition to growth on program pre/post assessments, Heart Tutoring’s program accelerates student progress on NC End of Grade Tests. Third party evaluation of the program in 2017 found positive impact on math growth on NC End of Grade Tests (EOGs) and NWEA MAP tests compared to a matched comparison group. This matches five years of internal data showing that Heart Tutoring students begin with scores below non-Heart students at their schools but experience more growth during the year served. Read more internal analysis on long-term impacts here.

Developing Academic Enthusiasm

Over 90% of teachers consistently report that students’ confidence and/or enthusiasm towards math increases as a result of the program. Around 60% of teachers have reported that students’ confidence increased in subjects other than math! Additionally, 96% of surveyed tutors believe they had a positive influence on students’ confidence about and understanding of math.

Satisfaction from Tutors and Teachers

While not a measure of student success, we are pleased that 99% of volunteers and over 90% of teachers consistently rate their experience with Heart Tutoring as positive on year-end surveys. Teachers describe benefits of clear communication, quality of instruction, and minimal time required of teachers. Above 95% of volunteers report that they would recommend Heart Tutoring to friends and colleagues. (This data is based on annual surveys with 60-70% survey response rates.)

Historical Heart Tutoring Assessment Results

"They enjoyed getting to know their tutors and understanding concepts in different ways. Working one-on-one allowed the encouragement and focus they needed to catch up." - Ms. Reza, 3rd grade teacher at Whitewater Academy