Who Can Request Volunteers? BUSD educators, both certificated and classified, may request volunteer support for their “classroom” from August through February each year. “Classrooms” are defined broadly to include libraries, school gardens, labs, and after school programs.
Who Are Classroom Volunteers? Classroom Volunteers come from all walks of life. They are high school and college students, parents, working professionals, and retirees who are eager to bring their skills and passions to Berkeley’s students and classrooms.
What is the Volunteer Commitment? Most Classroom Volunteers commit to at least one hour a week of service, for the duration of the school year. Last year, the average BSV volunteer gave 3-4 hours/week.
What Can Volunteers Do? Volunteers add adult capacity to the classroom’s instructional team so that all students receive more personalized support. Volunteers can support learning activities whole class, in small groups, and/or 1:1. Volunteers are most successful when they are not supporting the highest needs students in a classroom.
How Does the Process Work? BUSD educators formally request volunteers (Aug-Feb). Simultaneously, volunteers from the community (new and returning) apply to BSV each year, and are screened and oriented by BSV. BSV then matches individual volunteers to requesting “Host Teachers,” based on interests, skills, and availability. BSV will always reach out to a requesting Host Teacher prior to finalizing a placement to confirm a good fit. Host Teachers schedule a “First Meeting” with a new volunteer prior to their start in the classroom.