Moises, a ten-year-old student, struggles to communicate in his new school with limited access to his native language. (Click on the image to play the video.) 

If you are new to tutoring, your nervousness can’t be anything compared to what this boy is experiencing! Remember, even children who aren’t newcomers and who do understand conversational English can be equally confused when it comes to academic language. Knowing that you care will make all the difference to your students. It will give them the confidence to let you know when they don’t understand, and it will give them the courage to persevere instead of giving up.

Online Resources:

Colorin Colorado – A bilingual site for educators and families of English Language Learners

More Than English – Resources and strategies for teaching language and content to English Language Learners (developed by our Co-Director, Jessica Loose)

NewsELA – Nonfiction articles organized by grade level and reading skills (sign up for a free account)

Read Works – A reading comprehension site with resources organized by topic and ability level (sign up for a free account)

Khan Academy – Videos of a “real teacher” modeling math operations, organized by topic and grade level

The Measured Mom – Tools for teaching, including the BINGO game for practicing math facts (you need to access the site to print the game)

Spanish Dictionary – An online dictionary that can translate words and phrases accurately (not as accurate for longer sentences or passages)

Forms:

Volunteer Application 2017

Family Literacy Application 2017 – English

Family Literacy Application 2017 – Spanish 

Teacher referral