The Reader’s Route pairs volunteer tutors with adults who are 16 years old or older and who read below the ninth-grade level.
“The tutor helps break down concepts with the student so the teacher can go on with the lesson,” Heatherton explained.
The requirements to be a volunteer tutor include having completed high school themselves, being at least 18 years old, having the desire to be a tutor and being flexible. Tutors do not have to be bilingual. Prospective tutors also will attend sexual harassment training and submit to a background check.
“They do not need a background in teaching, but they have to be a GED or high school graduate,” Heatherton said.
Last year, the tutor training curriculum was rewritten to include seven hours of observation. It provides an opportunity for prospective tutors to observe two actual tutoring sessions during the second week of training.
“The second Tuesday (during training) is spent out at DACC observing a tutoring session and an adult education teacher,” he said. “It gives the tutor the idea of whether this is for them.
“We initiated it last year, and we have had a 100 percent completion rate and our (tutor) retention rate is better than ever,” he said of the observation component.
“When they see our tutoring sessions, they see themselves in that role.”
To register To register for volunteer tutor training sessions, call Scott Heatherton at 443-8785 or Ann Lilley 443-8783.