Volunteer works with students

Getting Started!

1. Sign up on-line

Somerville Public Schools strives to match volunteers with meaningful opportunities that will best support student learning and meeting the needs of the whole child/student.  If interested in serving regularly (more than 2x/month), volunteers are required to self-register. This will help us match you with an opportunity that fits your skills and interests, help us monitor volunteer service, and demonstrate impact on student learning and well-being. 

2. Attend a Virtual Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientations August through December, 2020 will be held virtually.  If a new volunteer to SPS and volunteering regularly, you must attend a virtual Volunteer Orientation for pre-screening and to review best practices for serving remotely in a public school.  After you self-register you will be contacted to arrange for an orientation.  

3. Submit your CORI Form

For the safety of all students and staff, all volunteers, regardless of time commitment or volunteer activity including remote volunteering, are required to have an approved CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) before serving with a Somerville Public School program or family.  CORIs for volunteers may be submitted remotely at this time by downloading this CORI form and submitting with your photo ID (license, REAL ID, passport or government-issued picture identification) to SPS/SFLC Volunteer Coordinator: JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us

Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Guidelines

This Guide outlines Somerville Public Schools' practices for all volunteers and the expectations SPS educators and staff have as you serve with or in a Somerville school.  Volunteers matched for remote or in-person tutoring, or remote or in-person class support will be asked to review and sign  SPS Guidelines and Confidentiality Agreement.    

Somerville Public Schools remain steadfast in their commitment to serving all students and families, regardless of citizenship. Somerville Public Schools has a moral and legal obligation to enroll and serve every child living in our district without regard to immigration status, and without fear of discrimination.  As a volunteer serving in our schools, thank you for helping to continue to provide a welcoming, safe, inclusive and nurturing educational experience for all of our students.  This resource may be helpful in your volunteer work:  Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice , and Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff.

Literacy, Tutoring, ELL

www.readingrockets.org

http://www.schoolonwheels.org/tutor-center/tutoring-resources-materials

Interactive reading games and activities: http://pbskids.org/games/reading/ 

Teen Ultimate Reading List

25 Books that diversify students’ reading lists

Mentoring

The Chronical of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Mathematics

Best Practices of SPS Volunteer Math Tutors

  • Care  Get to know your student(s). Your tutoring may be a student's first 1:1 tutoring experience. Getting to know each other is important in gaining the student's trust, and retaining their interest and commitment to tutoring moving forward. Learn about student's favorite subjects, things they like to do, and share information about yourself.  

  • Consistency and Commitment   Commit to a weekly schedule for the school year. Your consistency helps solidify tutoring as a before-school, in-school, or after school option for students and educators. Be on time, provide at least 24 hours' notice if you need to cancel a session, and consider an alternative to weekly volunteer tutoring if you cannot commit to a once-weekly schedule. 

  • Communications  Secure educator's contact and determine how and how often they will communicate with you. Weekly or before each session is ideal.  You should receive regular updates about student's learning goals and progress.  If you notice gaps in student's understanding of certain concepts, notify educator as soon as you can.  Ask for help if you need it from educator!

  • Curriculum  From educator secure math curriculum for your student. Identify with educator and through your own observations which skills the student is needing extra help with; find out when quizzes and test occur to work on similar problems leading up to testing.   

  • Celebrate Effort, Build Confidence  Create an environment where the student is encouraged to ask questions. Model the steps you take to tackle a difficult problem. Praise student for their hard work and great problem-solving.  Celebrating the student's effort, not their abilities, can foster a positive mindset for future educational achievement and joy in learning: https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/.   Add fun, subtract testing stress, make it relevant wherever you can.

Resources

  • http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/mathematics/scos/  Instructional support tools by grade and standard, with explanations and examples.  Use as backup to unpack content. 
  • Khan Academy – searchable by topic, grade, skills, subject.
  • Internet 4 Classrooms – High-quality, free Internet resources to use in instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials.
  • We are Teachers: 23 fun hands-on ways to teach and practice multiplication, division.
  • Cool Math – Coolmath was designed for everyone from the frustrated, the confused, the bored students of the world who hate math to the math geeks of the world.
  • Math Playground – Create math worksheets, practice facts and play logic games.
  • Math Goodies – Math Goodies is a free math help site featuring interactive lessons.
  • Math Cats – Enrich children’s mathematical understanding; provides math explorations, trivia, and classroom activities for all grades.
  • A Math Dictionary for Kids – This site explains 600 common mathematical terms in simple language using animation and other techniques.
  • Fun Math Calculators – Provides math calculators for all sorts of things, from climate, to shopping, cooking, saving money, converting measurements, and plenty more.

Mentoring Resources 

http://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/mentoring

http://www.mentoring.org/program-resources/elements-of-effective-practice-for-mentoring/