Information for our partner schools and teachers
Our goal is to offer your school a high-quality program, rooted in best practices for literacy tutoring and mentoring, with positive and consistent support from trained volunteers. We are committed to helping students become fluent readers, using methodology informed by rigorous independent studies.
ESLC exists to supplement classroom literacy work while also supporting social emotional growth. ESLC measures its success using your data and agreed-upon goals for students in ESLC's Literacy Mentoring program. Students who are referred to the program are expected to learn faster than the average student in your school based on teacher assessments. To accomplish our shared goals, the Literacy Coach and/or Teachers are asked to partner with ESLC staff. Literacy Mentoring is a partnership between your school and ESLC. Together, we can do more.
What you can expect as a partner with East Side Learning Center:
- One-on-one or small group student support in literacy.
- ESLC program staff oversight of volunteers, including extensive vetting with fingerprint background checks, interviews by two people, and reference checks.
- All tutoring materials.
- Students receive books throughout the year for developing home libraries.
- Volunteers with 20+ hours of annual training in literacy and mentoring best practices, strengths based approaches, avoiding personal bias, and more.
- Community volunteers commit a specific amount of time each week dedicated to building positive, caring mentor relationships with students. We are proud to say that many of our tutors are community elders (50+) who provide 6-10 hours per week for an entire school year through AARP Foundation Experience Corps (EC).
ESLC tutors help children learn to read, build self-confidence, and increase foundational literacy skills so they can succeed in school and life. Research shows that literacy tutoring boosts student academic performance, while also helping schools and youth organizations become more successful, strengthening ties between the institutions and surrounding neighborhoods, and enhancing the well-being of the senior volunteers.
Learn more about how ESLC tutoring works.
How to bring ESLC Literacy Mentors to your school
The process begins in February of each school year for the following year. ESLC negotiates with each district or school independently. A Memorandum of Understanding must be signed by both organizations by June 30 of each year for tutoring the following year. For more information, please contact ESLC Director of Strategic Development, Paul, at (651) 793-7311.