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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 one volunteer hour per week can make an impact.

We would love for you to join us in the upcoming 2021/22 school year! Please select your time and location below. Tutoring begins in late September!

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering with Heart

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

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the majority of tutoring will take place in-person at elementary schools across Charlotte, North Carolina, while tutoring at select school sites will be fully virtual. You can select your setting by choosing an in-person or virtual school below. We developed fun and impactful modifications for a virtual model and successfully implemented a fully virtual tutoring program in the 2020/21 school year. Read about our two pilot programs here and here.

How is Heart Math 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, and providing ample tutor training. Barring unforeseen circumstances, virtual tutoring for the 2021/22 academic year will take place with in-person Heart Program Coordinators logging students into sessions from schools, with a remote Heart Program Coordinator overseeing sessions and troubleshooting any issues experienced by remote volunteer tutors.

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 a U.S. resident, 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 thirty minutes or one hour per week.

When do you need tutors?

Generally speaking, tutoring sessions are held Monday – Thursday during the school day from the end of September to the end of April. You can select your school and day of the week in the sign-up form below. 

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 late 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 September 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 the end of September to the end of April. The first two of those weekly sessions are hour-long orientations, one virtual, and the second either in-person or virtual depending on your tutoring format. During this training, Heart introduces volunteers to the curriculum and session logistics, equips volunteers with a beginning knowledge of the broader context of student and school need, and for virtual tutors, a walk-through of the technology used during tutoring sessions. Thereafter, volunteers receive email communication between sessions, support during tutoring sessions, and optional training workshops. Additional resources will be provided for virtual tutors to familiarize themselves with the technology used during virtual tutoring sessions.

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.

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.

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

How is Heart Math Tutoring protecting students and tutors in the in-person environment?

Students will each be assigned an individual kit of materials, to be stored on-site in the tutoring space. Limiting the use of shared materials is intended to reduce the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission. As always, we recommend that students and tutors who are exhibiting signs of illness stay at home, following CDC guidelines. 

 

Volunteer Tutoring Times and Locations

Over 1,000 tutors are needed for the upcoming 2021-22 school year! Barring unforeseen circumstances, the majority of tutoring will take place in-person in Charlotte, North Carolina, but tutoring at select school sites will be fully virtual. You can select your setting by choosing an in-person or virtual school below.

Please sign up using the form below. We will contact you soon with information about getting started!

Map of Heart Schools

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

Billingsville Leadership Academy

124 Skyland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Tutoring Times:
VIRTUAL
11:45-12:45pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 25

Blythe Elementary School

12202 Hambright Road, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00am EST
1:30-2:30pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Bruns Avenue Elementary

501 South Bruns Avenue, Charlotte, NC, USA

Tutoring Times:
12:15-1:15pm EST
Afternoon Hour TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Charles H. Parker Academic Center (formerly Barringer Academic Center)

1546 Walton Road, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Tutoring Times:
VIRTUAL
10:35-11:35am EST; Tuesday-Friday
3:00-4:00pm EST; Monday-Thursday

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Cotswold Elementary

300 Greenwich Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA

Tutoring Times:
VIRTUAL
8:15-9:15am EST
1:30-2:30pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Devonshire Elementary

6500 Barrington Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:15-9:15 AM EST
1:15-2:15 PM EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Endhaven Elementary

6815 Endhaven Ln, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:15-9:15am EST
2:00-3:00pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Hidden Valley Elementary

5100 Snow White Ln, Charlotte, NC 28213, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00am EST
2:00-3:00pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Highland Renaissance Academy

125 West Craighead Road, Charlotte, NC 28206, United States

Tutoring Times: VIRTUAL
8:45-9:45am
1:00-2:00pm
Tuesday-Friday

Huntingtowne Farms

2520 Huntingtowne Farms Ln, Charlotte, NC 28210, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:35-9:35am EST
11:05-12:05pm EST
Tuesday-Friday

Landsdowne Elementary

6400 Prett Court, Charlotte, NC 28270, USA

Tutoring Times: 11:45-12:45pm
2:20-3:20pm

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Montclaire Elementary

5801 Farmbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States

Tutoring Times: Early Morning Hour TBD
Afternoon Hour TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Myers Park Traditional

2132 Radcliffe Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207, USA

Tutoring Times: 12:30-1:30pm EST
2:55-3:55pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Oakhurst STEAM Academy

4511 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

Tutoring Times: 12:30-1:30pm EST
2:20-3:20pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Pineville Elementary

204 Lowry Street, Pineville, NC, USA

Tutoring Times: 8:15-9:15am EST
1:05-2:05pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Shamrock Gardens Elementary

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

Tutoring Times: Morning Hour, TBD
Afternoon Hour, TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Smithfield Elementary

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

Tutoring Times: 7:50-8:50am EST
12:30-1:30pm EST

Smithfield Elementary School

3200 Smithfield Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, USA

Tutoring Times: 7:50-8:50am EST
12:30-1:30pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Statesville Road Elementary School

5521 Milhaven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269, USA

Tutoring Times: VIRTUAL
8:20-9:20am EST
Afternoon Hour TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Sterling Elementary

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

Tutoring Times: 11:15-12:15pm EST
2:30-3:30pm EST

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

Westerly Hills Academy

4420 Denver Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Tutoring Times: Mid-Morning Hour 1 TBD
Mid-Morning Hour 2 TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 50

 

 

 

Volunteer Sign Up Form (2021/22 School Year)

Volunteer tutors are needed in September 2021! Please select your time and location below. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of elementary students!












  • Blythe Elementary, 8:00-9:00 AM EST
    Blythe Elementary, 1:30-2:30 PM EST
    Bruns Avenue Elementary 12:15-1:15 PM EST
    Bruns Avenue Elementary, Second Afternoon Hour, TBD
    Endhaven Elementary, 8:15-9:15 AM EST
    Endhaven Elementary, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
    Hidden Valley Elementary, 8:00-9:00 AM EST
    Hidden Valley Elementary, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
    Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, 8:35-9:35 AM EST, Tuesdays-Fridays
    Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, 11:05-12:05 PM EST, Tuesdays-Fridays
    Joseph W. Grier Academy, 8:15-9:15 AM EST
    Joseph W. Grier Academy, 12:15-1:15 PM EST
    Landsdowne Elementary 11:45-12:45 PM EST
    Landsdowne Elementary, 2:20-3:20 PM EST
    Montclaire Elementary, Early Morning Hour, TBD
    Montclaire Elementary, Afternoon Hour, TBD
    Myers Park Traditional School, 12:30-1:30 PM EST
    Myers Park Traditional School, 2:55-3:55 PM EST
    Oakhurst STEAM Academy, 12:30-1:30 PM EST
    Oakhurst STEAM Academy, 2:20-3:20 PM EST
    Pineville Elementary, 8:15-9:15 AM EST
    Pineville Elementary, 1:05-2:05 PM EST
    Smithfield Elementary, 7:50-8:50 AM EST
    Smithfield Elementary, 12:30-1:30 PM EST
    Sterling Elementary, 11:15-12:15 PM EST
    Sterling Elementary, 2:30-3:30 PM EST
    Westerly Hills Academy, Mid-Morning Hour 1, TBD
    Westerly Hills Academy, Mid-Morning Hour 2, TBD
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Billingsville Elementary, 11:45-12:45 PM EST
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Charles Parker Academic Center (formerly Barringer), 10:35-11:35 AM EST, Tuesdays-Fridays
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Charles Parker Academic Center (formerly Barringer), 3:00-4:00 PM EST, Mondays-Thursdays
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Cotswold Elementary, 8:15-9:15 AM EST
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Cotswold Elementary, 1:30-2:30 PM EST
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Devonshire Elementary, 8:15-9:15 AM EST
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Devonshire Elementary, 1:15-2:15 PM EST
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Highland Renaissance Academy, 8:45-9:45 AM EST, Tuesdays-Fridays
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Highland Renaissance Academy, 1:00-2:00 PM, Tuesdays-Fridays
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Shamrock Gardens, Morning Hour, TBD
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Shamrock Gardens, Afternoon Hour, TBD
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Statesville Road Elementary, 8:20-9:20 AM EST
    VIRTUAL ONLY: Statesville Road Elementary, 12:45-1:45 PM EST











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