In-school tutoring is Inspiring Minds’ longest running program, since its inception in 1963. This program proudly boasts volunteers from within our community as well as several higher learning institutions through a collaborative effort for hands-on practicums and internships for our future educators. We train approximately 1,000 tutors a year, and many of our volunteers return year after year to continue providing this much needed service.
Because we know that students who cannot read by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers, Inspiring Minds focuses much of its efforts on assisting students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. This ensures that we provide the best foundation for our students to succeed.
In-school tutors make up the vast majority of our volunteers, working as in-class supports for students who have been identified as at-risk or in need of intervention by school faculty. After students complete their initial assessment at the beginning of the year, teachers identify those who require additional attention and speak with school Math or Literacy coaches to produce specific work plans for each student to accomplish. Coaches then reach out to Inspiring Minds and place our trained volunteers in the classroom to work with these students in small groups, no more than 4 at a time, on targeted skills at least once a week.
- Placements are assigned between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM
- Require at least a 1 hour commitment per week from our volunteers for a semester.
- Volunteers work with no more than 4 students at a time
- Volunteers work on targeted and specific literacy or math skills as assigned by their classroom teachers
- No experience necessary, Inspiring Minds provides training
Apply online to become an in-school tutor or call our office at 401-274-3240.