Our History

 

2011-2012      2012-2013       2013-2014

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2011-2012

  • Accelerate Northfield was founded.
  • We worked extensively with schools and other partners, such as the Reads and Counts program at Carleton and St.Olaf College, to develop the three types of volunteer tutoring that we felt would help best support teachers:
    • Intensive one-on-one reading.
    • Reading support.
    • Enrichment challenge for high achieving students.
  • Recruited 140 tutors.
  • Volunteers contributed more than 24,000 volunteer hours.
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Accelerate Northfield’s founders, Fritz Bogott (far left) and Rachel Matney (2nd from left) being recognized at an awards ceremony in 2014.

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2012-2013

      • Accelerate Northfield began focusing on recruiting volunteer tutors for students who were at risk of falling into the achievement gap.
        • Accelerate now supported two main types of volunteering:
          • Response to Intervention tutoring
          • Assistance Tutoring, which could be one-on-one or small group tutoring.
      • Accelerate Northfield won a three year VISTA grant (Volunteer in Service to America).  The VISTA is an additional staff member who dedicates all their time and resources to building and developing Accelerate Northfield.

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        The VISTA, 3rd from right, with TORCH members at the Community Fair in August, 2013.

      • We implemented new data gathering and reporting systems so that we could assess our tutors’ impact on student academic performance.
      • 169 Volutneer tutors were recruited.
      • 398 Teacher requests for help.
      • 19,000 Volunteer hours contributed.

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2013-2014

One of Accelerate’s tutors working with a student on reading.

      • Second year of the VISTA grant.
      • Accelerate Northfield fixed technical glitches and improved our data collection systems.
      • We continue to support Response to Intervention and Assistance tutoring.  We also worked to place individual tutors who were looking for other, more specific tasks and types of volunteering.
      • We continued to build partnerships within the school district and with local agencies and groups.  We continue to work with those partners to increase community awareness of the needs within our elementary schools and to recruit volunteer tutors.
      • The VISTA and the School District worked to develop a plan for how to sustain Accelerate Northfield after the VISTA grant expires at the end of the 2015 school year.
      • 188 Volunteer tutors were recruited.
      • 423 Teacher requests for help.
      • 19,960 Volunteer hours contributed.
      • On average, 46% of teachers’ requests for volunteers were filled throughout the year.

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