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BECOME AN ADULT EDUCATION VOLUNTEER, TUTOR NOW!

Volunteers play an important role in providing educational services to adult learners. Dozens of literacy programs throughout the City rely on volunteer tutors to make a difference in the lives of adult learners. Your volunteer contribution supports the Office of Adult Education mission to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to high-quality education leading to personal and career advancement, and increased economic and social opportunity.

If you are 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer tutor.

The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE Tutor Now trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education.  The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!

For volunteers who may have teaching experience from K-12 education settings, this training will draw on your existing knowledge and help you prepare to work with adult learners in adult basic education and English as a Second Language.

After completion of the training, adult education tutors are placed in adult education partner programs across the City to work and support adult learners.

The Volunteer Tutor Trainings are offered in two formats: blended and online.  The blended training mixes traditional face-to-face classroom facilitated workshops with self-paced online modules.  The online tutor training follows an asynchronous (go at your own pace), instructor-facilitated (someone is there to help you along the way), cohort-based model (you are not alone in the class; you have an opportunity to interact and learn from your classmates).

The Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning training provides tutors with basic skills and strategies for tutoring adult 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. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn how to:

The Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning Training is offered monthly and is completed over a three-week period. It is offered in two formats, blended and online.

Requirements


The Tutor Now, English as a Second Language (ESL) training covers theory and techniques to work with adults who are learning English as an additional language. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn:

The Tutor Now, English as a Second Language training is offered twice per quarter and is completed over a three-week period. It is offered in two formats, blended and online.

Requirements

*Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for this training.

The Tutor Now,  GED®/HiSET® Prep training offer tutors the skills to help students achieve success in passing the GED® or HiSET® exams to obtain their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD). The training provides specific information regarding the tests, tools to help students organize information to effectively answer test questions and tools to help learners develop and use testing skills strategically to maximize outcomes. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

The Tutor Now,  GED®/HiSET® Prep training is offered once per quarter and is completed over a two-week period. It is offered in two formats, blended and online.

Requirements

Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education. Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for this training.

Tutor Now, Technology Skills. This training is designed for volunteers that are interested in bridging the digital divide through education. Volunteers will be equipped with an understanding of adult learning theory as well as strategies for improving technology skills of adults.  After completion, trained tutors are placed at KEYSPOT open access computing labs and adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn:

The Tutor Now, Technology Skills training is offered once per quarter and is completed over a two and a half-week period. It is offered completely online.

Requirements

The Office of Adult Education offers two formats for taking any of our free Tutor Now volunteer training courses. Please review the formats available for each training above.

Blended Training.
The blended training mixes traditional face-to-face classroom facilitated workshops with self-paced online modules. The class meets face-to-face once a week for three weeks. In addition, volunteers are required to read material and complete assignments online.

Online Training.
The online training allows volunteers complete the work online at their own pace within the three-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Programs Manager, at Volunteersadultedu@phila.gov or (215) 686-6079 for more information.

View and register for upcoming volunteer tutor trainings, events, and professional development here.

FAQ
Volunteer Tutor Job Description

Volunteer Tutor Job Description
Title: Volunteer Tutor
Overall Purpose and Objective of Position:

  • To offer educational support to adult learners who want to improve their basic literacy, numeracy and digital skills in face-to-face, online, and/or blended instructional settings, and thus help these learners get a job, keep a job and advance in their career and personal life
  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least a high school diploma or a GED®. However, some college and/or training program experience is a plus.
  • For referrals to some providers, a Bachelor’s Degree may be required.
  • Have basic computer and Internet skills, with access to a reliable computer and Internet
  • Value technology and its ability to enhance learning and teaching
  • Be able to problem solve when difficulties occur online and/or in face-to-face tutoring sessions
  • Demonstrate good reading, writing, listening, communication skills
  • Be willing to share personal contact information with the learner(s) and supervisor
  • Be able to relate well to people from diverse backgrounds ( cultural, educational, personal)
  • Appreciate learners’ different values and lifestyles
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be friendly, patient, optimistic and flexible

Responsibilities:

Duties include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Effectively assist and support individual learners and/or small groups with their academic courses (online and/or face-to-face)
  • Help learner(s) develop confidence and good learning skills
  • Involve the learner(s) in decisions about their educational/work-related goals
  • Come to each tutoring session on time and well prepared
  • Select adult instructional materials and resources (paper and electronic), based on the learners’ needs and interest
  • Design participatory and engaging lessons that are based on the learner’s needs and work-related goals.
  • Be available to troubleshoot and help students enrolled in online adult literacy courses:

– 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)

  • Assess and maintain records of each learner’s progress
  • Periodically, provide the Commission with updates on how the tutoring match is going and notify us with any changes to your schedule and availability

Required Training:

  • Must successfully complete all required Mayor’s Commission on Literacy tutor training programs (Basic, and GED/ESL training), regardless of past tutoring/teaching experience
  • Must complete any additional orientations/training required by the Commission and its partner agencies
  • Length of Commitment and Work Hours
  • 4 to 6 months of tutoring commitment
  • 2 to 3 hours per week, usually Monday through Friday in mid-afternoons and early evenings

For more information, please contact Saadia Oulamine, Volunteer Programs Manager, at oulamines@freelibrary.org or 215-686-5252.

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