On The Subject of Professionalism


We tutors are afforded the privilege to work with the leaders of tomorrow. Northfield students are capable of doing great things now and in the future, and we have the opportunity to guide them on the path to success.

Because of the vital role that tutors can play in our schools, ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD takes professionalism seriously. And to be sure, the overwhelming majority of our volunteers over the years have exceeded our expectations.

For starters we define “professionalism” as tutors looking and conducting themselves appropriately enough to work in an elementary or middle school. We are doing the job of education, so we must dress and act like it. What’s more, tutors must be on time for their sessions with students, or provide teachers with significant notice of changes. And, tutors must assist students in a professional manner.

We tutors are considered mentors in our schools. Our students look forward to their time with us and, in many cases, emulate us. And unbeknownst to us, we have scores of eyes focused on our every move. That’s why it’s vital that we present ourselves as professionally as possible.

In a sense, we are role models for our future leaders, and that’s a pretty big responsibility.  

ACCELERATE provides a wealth of materials that outline our expectations on our website. The page is called Volunteer Orientation: Training to Support SUPERHEROES. Click here to go to that page.

ACCELERATE does not require tutors to study this information. We strongly urge it, though, especially if you are new to tutoring.

If you have any questions about this or anything else to do with ACCELERATE, contact me mgarlitz@northfieldschools.org.

Thank you for all of your service to NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Transform Students into SUPERHEROES


ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD knows any youngster can be a LEARNING SUPERHERO. That’s because its scores of volunteer tutors have helped students in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS take flight toward lofty academic goals since 2011.

You, too, can help transform students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES.

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD is a collaboration among parents, community members and organizations seeking to improve the academic performance of local students. Accelerate’s reading and math tutors work primarily in Northfield’s three elementary schools: BRIDGEWATER, GREENVALE PARK and SIBLEY. Accelerate tutors also have the option to serve at NORTHFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOLand ARCADIA CHARTER SCHOOL.

Doing the heavy lifting in encouraging students to take steps toward superhero status – in other words, making strides in academic performance – has been community volunteers. These tutors, ranging in age from college students to seniors, work with students either on a one-on-one basis or in small groups in reading or math.

CLICK HERE for more information on becoming a volunteer math or reading tutor for ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD.

Available Tutoring Opportunities

Even with the success of the 2019-20 recruiting period, there are dozens of opportunities for volunteer reading and math tutors available in Northfield schools. And, ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD wants to help fill those spots.

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD is a collaboration among parents, community members and organizations dedicated to improving the academic performance of local students. In other words, we help transform students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES!

It’s job is to recruit community members to become math or reading tutors. No experience is necessary, except for a passion to help transform Northfield elementary students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES!

Please CLICK HERE to search the list of available opportunities compiled on Nov. 17, 2019.