Did you know that over 80% of job-seekers who were tested for literacy in Philadelphia’s workforce development system are not ready to study at the high school level? They want to work and understand that they need to increase their knowledge and skills in order to support themselves and their families.
Investing your time by helping adults achieve educational and career success helps to build a stronger Philadelphia, one adult learner at a time.
If you are 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED®, attend our free tutor trainings and become an adult literacy tutor.
The Office of Adult Education’s updated trainings now includes digital skills as basic literacy, necessary for work and for all aspects of adult life.
Basic Tutor Training provides tutors with a foundation of how to tutor adult literacy learners. It is designed to ensure that tutors are not only teaching adult basic education skills (Reading, Writing and Numeracy) but also incorporating fundamental skills needed to succeed in the 21st century workplace such as digital literacy skills.
Participants will learn how to:
The training is designed to meet tutor competencies derived from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Teacher Competencies Project, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps’ Tutor Competencies, and Pennsylvania Workforce Education standards.
About this training:
This training is completed over a three-week time period, starting with a two-hour face-to-face orientation (Part 1), followed by two-week period during which each participant must complete online coursework (Part 2), and culminating in a Teaching Strategies Workshop (Part 3 and 4) where the cohort will practice tutoring strategies on two consecutive three-hour Wednesday evenings. The Teaching Strategies workshop is designed to allow the participants to apply what they learned in the first two parts. Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Adult Education’s Certificate of completion. Basic Tutor Training is a prerequisite for both ASE and ESL Tutor Training.
Learn to successfully support learners in achieving career, civic, and personal goals. Participants will develop a better understanding of the skills, interests, and perspectives of the adults they serve.
By the end of the session, tutors will be prepared to coach learners on the content and expectations of the GED® or HiSET® exams, know how to develop lessons to supplement GED® or HiSET® materials; and use technology to engage a variety of learning styles.
Did you know that according to the 2012 Census, Philadelphia’s increased population is because of immigration? There is a growing need to support ESL learners in Philadelphia. With the increase of immigrants and refugees, many new learners are eager to fill the job market.
English as Second Language (ESL) Tutor Training provides adult literacy volunteers with the tools, skills and resources to support adult English language learners. Building on the basic principles of adult teaching and learning introduced in the OAE’s Basic Tutor Training, ESL Tutor Training adds theory and techniques specific to tutoring learners for whom English is not the first language, and whose level of literacy in their native language ranges from non-literate to highly advanced. Basic Tutor Training is a prerequisite to participating in this training.
The Training is designed to meet competencies derived from:
About this training:
This training will prepare you to make a difference in someone’s life from the convenience of your home or office. You are expected to read text material, watch and react to videos, submit responses to discussion prompts and quizzes, and provide thoughtful feedback to one another. A tutor trainer will be available to monitor, facilitate the course, and provide feedback as needed. It starts with online coursework the cohort will be required to complete remotely. To successfully complete this training, you should expect to devote 7-8 hours per week on this course.
Adult Secondary Education Tutor Training provides volunteers with the knowledge, tools, skills and resources to support adult learners who are working at a 9th grade + level. Tutors will learn tactics to help prepare students to take standardized tests like the GED® or HiSET® in order to obtain a Common Wealth Secondary Diploma. ASE Tutor Training builds upon Basic Tutor Training and add theory and techniques specific to learners enrolled in exam prep courses.
Part 1 of the ASE Tutor Training is completed online, where the participants are required to read text material, watch and react to videos, submit blog-entries and give feedback to their peers. The Tutor Trainer monitors the participants’ activities and provides feedback as needed. The online portion is followed by Part 2 of the training, which is a face-to-face, three-hour, Teaching Strategies workshop, offered on a Wednesday evening.
View and register for upcoming volunteer tutor trainings, events, and professional development here.
The Office of Adult Educations’s tutor training program has been designed to give you the skills, resources and confidence needed to provide any agency, including you own, initial adult educational support. We refer our trained tutors to agencies with the mutual understanding that you will start out providing one-on-one or small group tutoring services. If you have an interest in expanding your role by gaining more experience within your referred agency, please inform your supervisor. However, be mindful that serving as a classroom teacher needs more specialized skills that the Tutor Training program is not designed to offer.
If you are interested in starting an adult literacy program in your neighborhood, this training provides a useful foundation to build on. Volunteering to tutor for an agency in preparation to start your own is one way to:
To offer educational support to adult learners who want to improve their English language, basic literacy, numeracy, and digital skills; and to help learners develop the confidence to pursue their academic, career, family and personal life goals.
Duties include but are not necessarily limited to:
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Programs Manager at VolunteersAdultEDU@Phila.gov or 215-686-5250.
I have an interest in becoming:
Volunteer Tutor Job Description
Title: Volunteer Tutor
Overall Purpose and Objective of Position:
Duties include but are not necessarily limited to:
– Help them navigate the learning management system used for online courses
– Answer learners’ questions related to the course content
– Be able and available to meet designated learners and/or conduct synchronous (real-time) tutoring sessions using our learning management system (CANVAS) conferencing system
– Troubleshoot any technical or connectivity issues that may arise
– Reply to online course facilitators’ and/or learners messages (voice and online)
For more information, please contact Saadia Oulamine, Volunteer Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-686-5252.