Editorial: Volunteer tutors needed
MADISON, Wis. — In the more than two decades Schools of Hope has operated in the Madison Metropolitan — and now in Sun Prairie and Verona — school districts, volunteer tutors giving one-on-one help in reading and math to kids who need it has been one of the most successful strategies for raising achievement.
Very simply, tutoring works in closing gaps and UW researchers have documentation to prove it. Well, more volunteer tutors are needed and there’s a training session sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Madison on Thursday evening.
From 5 to 8 p.m. at La Follette High School, school district staff will teach tutors specific strategies for building effective relationships with students, guiding learning and promoting student competence. That’s it. No other experience needed.
In other words, you can do it. Just show up. An hour a week is the extent of the commitment. Nearly 200 kids want tutors for this semester. Thanks for considering it.
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