For Teachers

Information for our partner schools and teachers

150506 XPC Boston Blue Hill 058 MOur goal is to offer your school a high-quality program, rooted in evidence 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 supplements classroom literacy work while also supporting social-emotional growth. ESLC measures its success using your data and agreed-upon goals for students. 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. Together, we can do more. 

ESLC will provide: 

  • One-on-one student support in literacy. 
  • 20+ hours of pre-service and in-service training and monitoring of volunteers for  in literacy instruction, relationship-building, strengths based approaches, avoiding personal bias, cultural relevance, and motivating students. 
  • Oversight of volunteers, including extensive vetting with fingerprint background checks, interviews, and reference checks. 
  • All tutoring materials.
  • Free books chosen by each student at their reading level to build home libraries.

ESLC volunteer Literacy Mentors 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 at 651-758-0660.