Dear friends, supporters and past tutors with Accelerate Northfield,
     I have the sad duty to inform you that Accelerate Northfield will not be placing reading and math tutors in Northfield schools most likely for the entire 2020-21 school year. District policy, for just cause, is limiting the number of people in school buildings this academic year. In this time of COVID-19, it makes sense that we do everything in our power to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Unfortunately, the cost of increasing safety comes at a steep price, and successful programs like Accelerate Northfield must be put on hiatus until a time when we can ensure the wellbeing of those we serve.
The possibility of conducting online tutoring sessions was considered, but was determined to be unrealistic for multiple reasons.
     I want to apologize to the many community members and college students looking forward this school year to continuing Accelerate’s tradition of transforming Northfield students into Learning Superheroes. We anticipate taking on that mission again in a safer time. Thanks again for all that you do for Northfield students and for Accelerate Northfield.
Michael Garlitz
Accelerate Northfield coordinator

Thank You For Your Service, Tutors


There is no question the past couple months have been unbelievably difficult. We all have faced personal, educational and professional challenges that few of us ever would imagine occurring.

As you already know, Gov. Tim Walz ordered school buildings closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This action, while appropriate and potentially life-saving, took many people out of the education equation. Among them are you, the dedicated volunteer math and reading tutors of ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD.
As ACCELERATE coordinator, I am grateful for the meaningful impact you made on Northfield students this school year. Your time and efforts improved our students both academically and socially
It’s unclear when the district will be permitted to conduct classes in school buildings again. When that happens, though, I am certain there will be a need for volunteer tutors like you to help our students. We would be thrilled to have you return, if you are able.
Again, thank you for your service, your kindness and your consideration this school year. You performed amazing feats with Northfield students, and the Northfield Public Schools thank you!
Have a wonderful spring and summer!
Michael Garlitz

Become an ACCELERATE Tutor


There is no question that the 2019-20 school year has been a great year for recruiting for ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD. Halfway through the current school year, we already have surpassed our overall tutor recruitment totals for the past three years.

That said, though, the need for additional reading and math tutors in NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS remains as great as ever. Our teachers are looking for help to transform our local students into LEARNING SUPERHEROES.

ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD is a collaboration among parents, community members and organizations dedicated to improving the academic performance of local students. Our 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!

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

CLICK HERE to search the list of available opportunities compiled on Jan. 21, 2020.

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!



Watch this video to learn more about ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD, which is part of the NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

ACCELERATE recruits volunteer reading and math tutors for Northfield’s three public elementary schools, as well as Northfield Middle School and Arcadia Charter School.

Transforming 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.