The goals of GSA A+ Schools Tutoring/Mentoring Program is to provide:
- Meaningful service activities for A+ participants to meet the A+ requirements
- Academic assistance to younger students
- Role models for younger students
A+ participants must perform a minimum of 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring.
Tutoring/Mentoring must be:
- approved by the A+ Coordinator
- performed under the direct supervision of a GSA employee
- performed at a GSA District site
- performed with GSA students
Guidelines and Responsibilities
- A+ participants must complete the A+ Tutor Application and attend a tutor training session BEFORE they can begin tutoring.
- A+ participants must receive a tutoring assignment coordinated through the GSA A+ Office prior to engaging in tutoring activities.
- Tutoring time must be documented on an A+ Student Tutoring Log and verified by the signature of the supervisor. It is the responsibility of the A+ student to maintain that log and turn it in to the A+ Coordinator upon completion of their tutor assignment. Students will not receive credit for unverified tutoring activity or for activity documented on forms that are lost or not turned in.
- Tutoring may also be counted as community service as long as it fits the guidelines of both programs and logs for each program are completed and turned in.
- Transportation to and from tutoring activities that are located off campus is the responsibility of the A+ participant. To participant in off-site tutoring, an A+ participant must have on file in the A+ Office an A+ Schools Tutoring/Mentoring Parent/Guardian Permission Slip prior to beginning a tutoring/mentoring assignment.
- Tutoring activities are to be conducted in a controlled, disciplined, and orderly manner and only for as long as the experience is productive and necessary. Participants should consider themselves guests of the school and the supervising teacher and should conduct themselves in accordance with all rules, regulations, and guidelines in the student handbook. A+ participants that do not meet the behavioral expectations during any portion of the tutoring experience risk forfeiture of tutoring opportunities.
- Dress appropriately- The tutor should use good judgment in appearance by following the same guidelines as used at GSA Tutor should have school ID with them when in another building in the district.
- Language- The tutor will follow the same guidelines used at the high school level. Also the tutor should keep high school “comments” out of the tutoring environment.
- Attitude- The tutor needs to be positive and pleasant. Students may sometimes share his/her fears, happiness or concerns about something. Remember, as a tutor/mentor, you should be supportive and listen.
- Judgment- Use “good” judgment – if a student shares something that an adult should know, inform the authority at the site and/or contact the appropriate person in A+. If the student shares something in confidence to be concerned about, let the teacher know that the student may need to share something. In this way, the tutor has not broken his/her commitment
- Proper Touch- The tutor should be sensitive to the issues of touching the younger student. Sexual harassment of a student is defined as the creation of a sexually hostile or offensive school or classroom environment occasioned by or due to unwelcome sexual advances or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This may include unwelcome touching, offensive jokes, insults, innuendoes, gestures or disparaging remarks.
Many young children will hug and touch to show appreciation. GSAHS students need to be aware of becoming too demonstrative. Avoid prolonged touching, instead go for pats on the back, side hugs and high fives. Smiles, words of praise and kindness are equally comforting and rewarding to young students. In most instances, the tutor will not be left alone with the student.
- Be Professional- When talking to friends and family about tutoring experiences, NEVER use the names of the specific students. You may be overheard by someone who knows the child. The tutor is privilege to certain information and this is not for public discussion.
- Dependability- You will be provided with the name and phone number that you MUST contact if you will miss your tutoring assignment. If you miss assignments without notification to the site, you may lose your tutoring assignment.
- Electronic Devices- No use of electronic devices is allowed. Same rules as GSA HS will be enforced if the A+ office is notified of problems.
- Guests- Do NOT take anyone with you to your tutoring assignment. No exceptions.