FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOLUNTEER?

We accept volunteer teachers who are current college students or recent graduates. Please fill out this form if you are interested, and sign up for a 15 minute interview once you are done. The interview is so we get to know you and discover the best ways to support you, as well as ensure safety for our students and volunteers.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO DO AS A VOLUNTEER?

As a volunteer, you are expected to complete a self-paced training, be in constant communication with your co-volunteer and student parents, lesson plan, and give 1 hour Zoom lessons on a weekly basis until Early December.

WHY ARE WE TEACHING READING AND WRITING?

After interviewing several parents and teachers, critical thinking skills -- writing and critical reading are what everyone identified as the most essential for their child. Unfortunately, skills in deep reading and writing are also the hardest to enforce over Zoom, especially with large class sizes. This is why Teaching Buddies are essential for our students this fall to make sure that they get the help that they need!

WHAT ARE IMPORTANT DATES I SHOULD KNOW?

We hope to start our lessons on the week of 9/7, so ideally applying by 9/1 would give us the most amount of time to read your application, interview you, and match you with a co-volunteer and students. That way, you can finish your volunteer training, get in touch with your co-volunteer and students to schedule a time slot for your weekly classes, and be the most prepared to succeed! Given the asymmetrical nature of information and access, we will continue to accept volunteer applications until 10/4. However, the longer you wait, the less sessions you will get to teach.

WHAT TRAINING DO VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE?

Currently, our volunteers receive a self-paced training experience equipped with best practices in engaging kids, recommendations for impactful activities, as well as resources to reach out to other volunteers or teachers/parents with any issues. Our training is created based on advice and guidance from teachers and parents with years of experience, and we are always improving on it! In addition, if any of our volunteers feel they need support, we are always open to helping them via email at teachingbuddies2020@gmail.com or during our scheduled office hours.

WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO CHICAGO?

We accept volunteers at any US university. We are currently focused on outreach to help elementary and middle school students in the Chicago Public School systems because it is a historically underserved, majority low income/BIPOC community, and where we conducted the most research.

THIS IS SO COOL! WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS I CAN HELP?

We are always looking for more people to join our administrative team! Please reach out to teachingbuddies2020@gmail.com if you are interested. We are especially looking for more voices from BIPOC, Latinx, and college students who attended the CPS school systems, or currently go to school in Chicago. We would also super appreciate you spreading the word about our program to your friends who might be interested in volunteering!

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