Tutoring Toolkit: Tools to Strengthen Your Tutoring Program
This toolkit features informative articles, program overviews, printable forms and resource lists to help the nonprofit tutoring program director recruit, train, inform and equip tutors.
Project Development Tools
These brief lists suggest possible topics for discussion in tutoring interviews and training sessions. Use these suggestions directly in your interviews and training plan, or as a basis for developing your own creative formats.
1. Possible Interview Questions for Volunteer Tutors
This tool can help you and potential tutors evaluate whether tutoring is an area in which the volunteer can use his gifts, abilities and experiences.
2. Potential Training Topics for Volunteer Tutors
Good tutor training is essential to the success of your program. This tool will assist you to determine which topics should be addressed in training sessions for volunteers.
3. Quality Standards for After School Programs (NEW)
The National After School Association has convened hundreds of practitioners and educators and defined 36 quality standards for after school programs. This document lists them in brief; a much more detailed version of the standards is available in book form from the Association.
Project Implementation Tools
The following articles, helpful tips, and tutoring program and manual overviews will help you identify program needs, build and improve your program, and work effectively with your program’s volunteer tutors.
1. Articles and Power Point Presentations
2. Helpful tips
These resources offer ready-to-use information related to such topics as intellectual development in children, suggested student activities and reading lists, and ways to show appreciation to volunteer tutors.
Field Goals, a manual for tutors
The Field Goals manual provides a collection of goals and objectives that will help tutors establish effective tutoring plans for students. Read this article to find out more.
4. Model Programs and Curricula
Whether your youth tutoring program has been two months or twenty years in practice, you can gain insight and inspiration for your tutoring plan through these best-practice models of youth tutoring programs.
- YET Center programs
YET (Youth Education for Tomorrow) Centers, part of the Community-Serving Ministries program of Public/Private Ventures, provide daily, non-religious literacy instruction to children in the Philadelphia area. Learn more about YET Centers in this instructive overview.
- Curriculum Guide from the Children's Defense Fund
This after-school reading program is an especially helpful model for those interested in reaching out to black and Latino children. Read this article for more information about the curriculum, its contents and its philosophy.
- S.P.A.R.K. Peer Tutoring Project
The S.P.A.R.K. peer tutoring program stems from a similar successful program based in Wisconsin. This article describes the program and how to use the corresponding resources to train high school-age peer tutors.
Project Evaluation Tools
Print these convenient downloadable forms and use them to gather useful feedback from volunteer tutors, the students they tutor, and the tutees’ parents.
1. Sample Volunteer Tutor Year-End Self-Evaluation
Evaluation is an important part of any tutoring program to assess the progress of the program and its participants. You can distribute this form to help tutors assess their own performance and to determine how tutors feel about their work.
2. Sample Tutee Year-End Self-Evaluation
This tool will help you to ascertain students’ own perceptions of how they are doing in a tutoring program.
3. Sample Parent Evaluation
Tutors can use this form to obtain input from parents about the impact of a current tutoring program on their children’s academic performance, and about any helpful ideas they may have that can enhance the tutors' success with their children.
4. Sample Tutor Evaluation of Tutee
This tool will enable tutors to review their work with students and provide feedback to tutoring program leaders regarding the students’ progress.
5. Self-Assessment for Parents: How Well Do You Support Your Child’s Learning? (NEW)
This checklist from the National Coalition for African American Parent Involvement in Education will help parents identify many ways they can be supporting their child’s learning.
Need more help with your tutoring program? These recommended books, manuals and Web sites will help you find the information you’re looking for.
After-School Curriculum Guide, published by Children’s Defense Fund
Field Goals, published by the National Center for Training and Educational Assistance (NCTEA)
Growing A Volunteer Tutor Program: Engaging Communities to Support Schools, published by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
KidREACH After-School Academic Mentoring Manual, published by World Vision
S.P.A.R.K. Peer Tutoring Handbook and Training Manual, published by Empowering Youth, Inc.
Tutoring: Learning by Helping, by Elizabeth Sabrinsky Foster
Tutoring Matters, by Jerome Rabow, Tiffani Chin and Nima Rahimian