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​"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another." - Erma Bombeck

 

Volunteering in CMS

Welcome to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools! Thank you for considering donating your time, treasure and talent to support CMS students. We know that educating the whole child takes the whole community, and we also know that everyone has something to give. In fact, we rely on families and community members to supplement the hard work of our teaching staff. Thank you again for your interest!​

In order to guide you through the process of volunteering in CMS, we’ve outlined the process here:​​
Volunteering With CMS Flyer.pdf


Virtual Tutoring Opportunities


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Augustine Literacy Project

Tutor One Child, Change Two Lives

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The Augustine Literacy Project uses the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials. Orton-Gillingham is a multi-sensory, explicit, systematic approach to reading instruction that has been effective with students who struggle with literacy for a variety of reasons.
 
Augustine tutors receive training during a five-day training class. The course is taught by a team of experienced trainers who present topics such as: the Orton-Gillingham approach, the five essential components of research-based reading instruction (phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension), the impact of poverty on literacy skills, the brain and reading, sight words, handwriting, advocacy and more.
 
To attend an Information Session to learn more or to complete an application please visit our website: alpcharlotte.org/become-a-tutor.


helps.jpgThe Helps Education Fund

Advancing learning outcomes for all children.

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The Helps Education Fund focuses on improving educational equity by providing research-supported programs and services that are free or low-cost and meaningfully advance student learning. One of their programs is HELPS (Helping Early Literacy With Practice Strategies).  The HELPS Program traditionally serves students who receive free/reduced lunch and/or are performing below adequate reading levels.

HELPS is an evidence-based intervention proven to improve students' reading fluency. Reading fluency is one of five essential skills a student must acquire to become a successful reader, and is directly related to reading comprehension. Mastering this fundamental step is a significant tool in increasing student learning and closing achievement gaps. Students receive 1:1 instruction 3 times a week for 15-30 minutes from a trained tutor. The highly scripted program can easily be delivered by trained volunteers.

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To ensure implementation fidelity, each tutor receives coaching/support from a certified coach. HELPS tutors build strong relationships with their students and witness reading progress quickly with their students.  HELPS has over 10 years of research supporting its effectiveness in increasing students' reading proficiency.  Click here to see why our tutors love being a HELPS tutor!  For more information go to helpseducationfund.org/helps-charlotte.

Contact: Shelleah Jackson, Tutor Manager @ Shelleah@helpseducationfund.org

Requirements to Tutor:
  • Pass a CMS background check
  • Attend a 3.5-hour training on the HELPS Program
  • Commit to 1 hour a week of virtual tutoring


helps.jpgHeart Math Tutoring

We’ve developed a formula for tutoring success, and it includes you.

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Heart Tutoring is a nonprofit that connects volunteers with students who are behind in elementary math and need foundational skills and confidence! Heart typically serves students who are economically disadvantaged and may not have access to resources such as private tutoring. Heart provides training, a fun virtual curriculum, and a staff person present in all virtual sessions for support. Tutors work with the same student all year helping them build basic math skills (counting through single digit multiplication) and confidence! Read FAQs and watch a short video of tutoring for more information.

Contact: Tayler Fisher,  Tutor Operations Manager, Tayler.fisher@hearttutoring.org

Requirements: Tutors attend a 1-hour small group training and commit to 1 hour of tutoring per week (either two 30-minute sessions or 1 full hour). Tutors must have a computer or tablet to connect with students. Volunteers must be 18 years old and pass a CMS background check

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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