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Since 2011, Northfield’s low-income elementary students have trailed their peers in math proficiency by an average of 22% and trailed their peers in reading proficiency by an average of 25%.  And the number of low income students in Northfield is growing: 34.3% of elementary students now receive free or reduced price lunches–a 3% increase since Accelerate Northfield was founded in 2011.

We need YOU to help close this gap and prepare all Northfield students for success in the classroom and later in life.  By tutoring students for one hour per week 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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Copyright © 2015 Accelerate Northfield, All rights reserved.

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

Questions? Comments? Email us at: info@acceleratenorthfield.org

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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Copyright © 2014 Accelerate Northfield, All rights reserved.

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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Copyright © 2014 Accelerate Northfield, All rights reserved.

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

Questions? Comments? Email us at: info@acceleratenorthfield.org

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