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Northfield’s low-income students have trailed their peers in average reading and math proficiency by more than 20% over the last 5 years. And this group is growing: more than 1/3 of Northfield’s elementary students now receive free or reduced-price lunches– a 50% increase since 2004.

We need YOU to help close this gap and prepare all Northfield students for success. Research shows that mastering reading by 3rd grade is key to lifelong success.

This February (2014), schools gathered data that showed our tutors are having a significant impact on students’ academic achievement.  We need YOU to continue this amazing progress towards closing the achievement gap.  By tutoring with Accelerate Northfield, YOU can help students launch for a life as learning superheroes!

Yes, I want to help! (click here to sign up)
Yes, I would like a volunteer! (teachers click here to request a volunteer for your class)

News from Accelerate Northfield

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s February, 2015 newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield

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Hello Tutors,

Within the past few months, Accelerate Northfield has been featured by local media. In November, Accelerate co-coordinator Michael was interviewed by Jeff Johnson on the KYMN-AM morning show. Click here (http://kymnradio.net/2014/11/06/morning-show-jeff-johnson-michael-garlitz-11614/) to listen to that interview.

Then last week, Accelerate was featured in a news story in the Northfield News written by Molly Larsen. Click here (http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/article_73afa577-649e-50df-851b-f7f49135fbb8.html) to read the story.

We are very excited about this publicity because the more people who learn about Accelerate, the more help we will have to close the achievement gap.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Best,
Amy and Michael

Amy Decker
Tutor Coordinator & VISTA – Accelerate Northfield
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org
651-380-3783

Michael Garlitz
Co-coordinator – Accelerate Northfield
Michael@acceleratenorthfield.org

** Tutoring Tips
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* Remember to contact teachers when you plan to miss a tutoring session.

* If you are encountering behavior difficulties with a student, be sure to discuss it with a teacher.

* Remember to stay positive, focused and energetic during your sessions because students will pick up on your mood and will perform better for you when you are having a good day.

** What’s Happening Next?
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Monday, February 16 — No School, President’s Day and Teacher Work Day

March 23-30 — Spring Break

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Our mailing address is:
Accelerate Northfield
Attn: Michael Garlitz
14000 Division St South,
Northfield, MN 55057

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The Latest News from Accelerate Northfield

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s January 2015 newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield

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Hello Tutors,

We are very excited about sharing our Mid-Year report with you. As you can see below, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours and made thousands of contacts with Northfield students. We thank you for your hard work and dedication to closing the achievement gap in Northfield!

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Let’s make the second semester just as successful!

Best,
Michael & Amy

Program Coordinators – Accelerate Northfield
info@acceleratenorthfield.org

** Tutoring Tips
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This month, instead of sharing one or two tips with you, we have created a Volunteer Orientation and posted it on our website (https://acceleratenorthfield.org/volunteer-orientation/) . We talk about many topics, including behavior management, mandatory reporting, and what you need to know about your first day of tutoring. Even if you have already started tutoring, please take a peek. Don’t forget to let us know what you think!

** What’s Happening Next?
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There is no school on January 19 for Martin Luther King Day.

The end of the first semester is Jan. 23.

There is no school on Feb. 16.

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Our mailing address is:
Accelerate Northfield
Attn: Michael Garlitz
14000 Division St South,
Northfield, MN 55057

Meet Our New Co-Coordinator!

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s November & December, 2014 newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield

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Hello Tutors,

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! As we get ready for the long winter break, I would like to introduce you all, virtually at least, to Accelerate Northfield’s newest staff member: Michael Garlitz.

Michael joined the Accelerate Northfield team earlier this fall as a Co-Coordinator. While Michael is new to Accelerate Northfield, he is not new to Northfield schools. Michael and his wife, Dr. Shannon Garlitz, have lived in Northfield for 16 years, and all of their children (Christopher, Emily, and Elise) currently attend Northfield schools.

Michael started getting involved in the schools by volunteering in his children’s classroom. He currently is in his second year as a Minnesota Math Corps tutor at Sibley Elementary School. As a math tutor, Michael works with more than two dozen students — mostly fourth- and fifth-graders — to improve their fact fluency and overall math skills.

Since he joined Accelerate in late August, Michael has worked to improve Accelerate’s visibility in the community. In fact, you may have recently heard him on-air with Jeff Johnson on KYMN Radio’s morning show.

You will be hearing more from Michael later on in the year, and we are very excited to have him join the Accelerate Northfield team!

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season.

Best,
Amy
Amy Decker
Tutor Coordinator & VISTA – Accelerate Northfield
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org
651-380-3783

** Tutoring Tips
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Managing a group of students can be challenging, so here are a few tips from LEARNS and the Corporation for National Service.

1) Make sure your group members can attend consistently, and that they can stay to work with you the whole time. Consistency will help students feel more comfortable sharing and learning with the group.

2) Make sure your physical space is conducive to learning. Choose an area with limited noise and distractions. Have students sit in a circle; this will help focus their attention on the group and foster discussion.

3) Help students be more engaged by giving thoughtful consideration to each students’ contribution and by acknowledging different strategies students use to learn. This will make each student feel like they have something meaningful to contribute to the group and keep them more engaged in your activity.

For more great tips, check out the full article (https://www.nationalserviceresources.gov/filemanager/download/learns/sum2002.pdf) from LEARNS.

** What’s Happening Next?
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Dec 22 – Jan 2 : No School. Winter Break. Happy Holidays!

Jan 19 : No School. MLK Day.

Jan 23 : End 2nd quarter.

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Our mailing address is:
Accelerate Northfield
Attn: Michael Garlitz
14000 Division St South,
Northfield, MN 55057

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Fall News from Accelerate Northfield

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s October, 2014 newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield**
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Hello Tutors,

I hope you all are having a wonderful fall and have had a great first month or so of tutoring! Accelerate Northfield is off to a great start, too. In fact, it’s the best first two months of the school year we’ve had! Our volunteer tutors have already contributed over 600 volunteer hours, and have filled almost 59 percent of teacher requests for help.

Despite this exciting beginning, we still have a significant number of teachers and students who need our help. There are currently 150 unfilled teacher requests for tutors. To ensure we reach all those students and teachers, and provide them the support they need, Accelerate Northfield needs you to spread the word around about our program and the need for volunteers in our elementary schools.

Many of our tutors heard about our program from a friend or acquaintance who was involved. So, please take a minute this month to tell a friend about Accelerate Northfield and how they could help close the achievement gap in our schools.

Thank you, and I wish you all a safe and happy Halloween!

Best,
Amy
AmyDecker
Tutor Coordinator & VISTA – Accelerate Northfield
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org
651-380-3783

** Tutoring Tips
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Having trouble getting your student to focus and pay attention during your tutoring sessions? Here are a few strategies that could help them concentrate.
1) Have your student take a “stretch” break. Let them stand up, move around and stretch for a minute or two. Then, have them sit back down to work.

2) Clarify the problem. If your students are not focused on the task at hand, ask them why. If there is a problem, ask them if they want to talk about it. Though there might not be an issue your students want to discuss, they may be more productive if you spend a little extra time chatting before getting started.

3) Be clear about your role and your tasks for the day including what you can and cannot do with students during your tutoring session. I.e. “We have to work on reading aloud today, but you can choose which story we read.” This will help set boundaries, and may make students feel more comfortable and focused.

** What’s Happening Next?
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Oct 31. – End 1st quarter. Have a safe and happy Holloween!

Nov 2. – Daylight savings time begins. Set your clocks back an hour.

Nov 3. – No School. Teacher workday.

Nov 26-28 – No School. Thanksgiving Break.

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Our mailing address is:
Accelerate Northfield
Attn: Michael Garlitz
14000 Division St South,
Northfield, MN 55057
Questions? Comments? Email us at: info@acceleratenorthfield.org

Get Excited for Tutoring with Accelerate Northfield!

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s September, 2014 Newsletter!
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** A Note from Accelerate Northfield
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Hello Tutors,

I hope you all had wonderful summers! Now that the school year has started again, it is time to get excited for another year of tutoring! Last year was a great year, but we have even more ambitious goals this year, and we need the help of tutors like you to meet them. Last year, we filled, on average, 55% of teacher requests for help. Let’s work on beating that number this year!

Teachers have already input over 230 requests for tutors and that number will only grow as we get further into the school year.

We need your help to fill all these requests for tutors, so we invite you to tutor with Accelerate Northfield. To get started tutoring, simply fill out and submit this Background Check Form (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dnLapIh32sMU5vRF9JaGRhZG8/edit?usp=sharing) . Once you’ve cleared, I’ll email you with more information.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Best Wishes,
Amy

Amy Decker
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org

Announcements

** Tips
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At the beginning of the school year, it is especially important to begin to build a relationship with your student(s). Take some time at the beginning of each of your tutoring sessions to ask questions and get to know your student(s). Make sure you ask open-ended questions, not questions that will get you a “yes” or “no” answer.

** Activity Ideas
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Looking for a good activity to do with your student(s)? Check out the “Tutor Tips” Blog (http://www.mnliteracy.org/tools/tutor-tips) at the Minnesota Literacy Council. They have lots of great ideas, so check it out!

** What’s Happening Next?
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Sept 2. – First Day of School.

Oct 13. – Columbus Day.

Oct 16 & 17. – No School. MEA weekend.

Oct 31. – End 1st Quarter. Happy Halloween!

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Thank You!

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s May, 2014 Newsletter!
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** A Note from Accelerate Northfield**
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Hello Tutors,

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches (only 1 more week!), I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you again for all your hard work over this past year to help close the achievement gap in our elementary schools! This year, volunteers have contributed 18,000 volunteer hours and worked with over 1,500 students.

These numbers, as impressive as they are, cannot capture the full difference you have made and the impact you have had over this year as volunteers. I cannot tell you how many times throughout the year teachers and students have spoken highly of you, their volunteers, and expressed their gratitude for all that you do. So, from all of us here at Accelerate and the schools, thank you so much for your dedication to the students in our community.

This will be the last newsletter from me until it is time to get ready for another school year. So, I hope you have a enjoyable and relaxing summer and I’ll see you again in the fall!

Best Wishes,
Amy

Amy Decker
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org

Announcements

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** Tips and Activity Ideas**
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Since the end of the school year is here, we don’t have any advice for you this month, but look to this column in the fall for some great ideas!

** Current Events**
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As you probably know, the end of the school year is prime time for standardized tests in the elementary schools. There was a great discussion on Minnesota Public Radio earlier this month about the value and use of standardized tests. Here is a link (http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/daily-circuit-friday-roundtable-testing) to the webpage. There are a lot of other great resources on this page here too, so take a look if you are interested in learning more about the standardized testing debate.

**What’s Happening Next?**

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June 1. –
Graduation. Congrats graduates!

June 6. – Last day of school. 2 hr early dismissal.

June 7. – SUMMER IS HERE! :)

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Northfield, MN 55057

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Important Update about April Tutoring Scheduling

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s April 2014 Newsletter!
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** A Note from Accelerate Northfield
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Hello Tutors,

April is an important month in the schools because it is when 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders take the MCAs (state standardized tests). If you work with 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students, it’s extremely important that you check in with your teacher regarding your tutoring schedule this month! Due to testing, your tutoring schedule may change. MCAs start this week, so if you haven’t already talked to your teacher about your tutoring schedule, please be sure to contact them A.S.A.P.

Best Wishes,
Amy

Amy Decker
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org

** Announcements
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** Good News From You!
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“Students get very excited when they see their group leader arrive. They feel special and important to be able to work with a college student in a small group. Having A.N. volunteers helps me make sure that all students get some personalized attention. With a class of 29, it would be impossible for me to meet with as many guided learning groups as A.N. volunteers do.”
-Northfield Teacher

** Current Events
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This past week has been National Volunteer Appreciation Week. I hope you all got a chance to pat yourselves on the back for your amazing work so far this year! Also, I hope you have a chance to look at the signs Accelerate Northfield put up next to the iPads. Thanks to the sign in system, we were able to compile the number of volunteer hours and visits to each elementary school. When you have a chance, please take a look to see how much you and your fellow volunteers have accomplished.

** What’s Happening Next?
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Apr 14-May 2 - MCA testing, grades 3-5. Each week is a different subject (reading, math or science).

May 26 – Memorial Day. No School.

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March Updates from Accelerate Northfield

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s March 2014 Newsletter!
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** A Note from Accelerate Northfield
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Hello Tutors,

I hope you have enjoyed the glimpses of spring weather we have been getting. Here’s to hoping spring arrives sooner rather than later!! :)

Accelerate has been working hard this past month to establish partnerships with other local organizations. We are now listed on the 5th Bridge website and we are looking forward to working with them in the future. We also have been working with the Public Library to help spread awareness of the achievement gap and the need for tutors. We have already had several people sign up to volunteer due to these partnerships, and we’re very excited to continue working with the Library and 5th Bridge in the future!

Even though the weather may not be as spring-like as I might wish, I hope you all enjoy Spring Break next week!

Best Wishes,
Amy

Amy Decker
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org

Announcements

** Good News From You!
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Recently, a teacher told me that: Accelerate Northfield has created many positive opportunities and relationships for our students and for myself. The students look forward to when our Accelerate Northfield volunteers can work with them. The extra one-on-one and small group opportunities have allowed our students to not only grow academically but socially as well. I’ve seen their confidence grow immensely. When the volunteers arrive, our students are eager to greet them and excited to work! It’s been nothing but a positive experience for everyone involved.

** Current Events
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We just updated our website (http://acceleratenorthfield.org) , so swing on by and take a look at all the new information that’s on there!

Also, we have finally fixed the iPads!! Please be sure to use them when you sign in and out of the schools for your volunteer sessions. Thank you!

What’s Happening Next?

Mar. 21 – End of the Quarter for Northfield Public Schools.

Mar. 24-28 – No School. Spring Break.

Mar. 31 – No School. Teacher Workday

Apr 7-11 – Volunteer Appreciation Week. Thank you volunteers!!

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February Newsletter

 

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A Note from Accelerate Northfield

 

Hello Tutors,   We have a jam-packed newsletter for you this month, so I’ll jump right in.  Recent data collected by the schools shows that our tutors have had a significant impact on students’ academic growth. 

5th grade students receiving interventions from Accelerate tutors improved test scores from fall to winter by 23% more compared to their peers. Our tutors are helping students close the gap and reach grade-level reading and math skills.  Congratulations tutors!!

Despite this extremely welcome news, we do still have a long way to reach our goal of closing the achievement gap.  We are currently filling 56% of teacher requests for tutors.  While this is a great achievement given the high number of teacher requests we have this year, we would love to bring that number up!

If you find an extra hour in your schedule, please consider Response to Intervention tutoring.  Sibley Elementary in particular is looking for more Response to Intervention tutors.  It does make a significant difference in a student’s academic performance.

TUTORS NEEDED TO READ AT A SPECIAL EVENT

And one final thing before I go, Accelerate is looking for tutors to read during an event at the Public Library in March.  On Saturday morning, March 15th, Accelerate Northfield will be hosting a Story Time at the Northfield Public Library, which will highlight Accelerate tutors.  We are looking for more tutors who are interested in reading during this event.  It will take no more than an hour of your time.  If you are interested, please contact Amy Decker at: amy@acceleratenorthfield.org for more details.

Best Wishes,
Amy


Amy Decker
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org

Announcements

Good News From You!

“The tutors I have are fabulous!  They are so excited to be able to see their tutee’s progress and really take well to intervention tutoring.” –RtI coach

Current Events

As you may have heard, there has been a lot of media talk recently about the nation’s progress towards closing the achievement gap.  There was a particularly good keynote address, given by Kati Haycock, the president of The Education Trust, that aired on Minnesota Public Radio last week.  She points out, that while significant progress towards closing the gap has been made at the elementary level, this progress disappears in later years.  The speech is well worth a listen, and here’s the link.

What’s Happening Next?February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 17 – President’s Day.  There IS school today!!

March 9 – Daylight Savings’ Time starts. Spring your clocks ahead 1 hr so you aren’t late for tutoring!

March 15 – 10:30-11:30am Story Time at the Northfield Public Library.  Featuring Accelerate Northfield tutors.

March 24-28 – No School.  Spring Break.

March 31 – No School. Teacher workday.

 
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January Newsletter

Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s January ’14 Newsletter!

** A Note from Accelerate Northfield
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Hello Tutors,

Welcome to 2014! I hope you each had a wonderful holiday and are as excited to be back as I am. :) We had an awesome finish to 2013, with over 20,000 volunteer hours!! We are currently filling 56% of teacher requests. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put in already this school year. I hope we can continue this effort in 2014!

The start of a new semester is a great time to take another look at the tutoring opportunities on our website. Many teachers will add new requests at this time of year, or adjust the ones they already put on the website. That means it’s a wonderful time for you to tell ALL your friends about volunteering for Accelerate! ;) January is a great time for new tutors to get started, so please help us spread the word!

Best Wishes,
Amy

Amy Decker
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
amy@acceleratenorthfield.org

 

** The Numbers
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1610
is the number of students volunteers have worked with so far this year. It’s truly amazing that we can reach and help so many students, and it’s all thanks to you.

** Current Events
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iPads
You may have noticed that the iPads are no longer in place in the front offices. We are continuing to have technical difficulties and have temporarily removed the iPads from the front offices. We hope to replace them once the problem has been solved. For now, please use the binders to sign in and out of the building.

What’s Happening Next?

Jan. 20 – No School. Teacher Workday.

Jan. 27 – No School. Teacher Workday.

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