Elementary School (K-5th Grade)
Classroom teachers ask volunteers to commit to a regular schedule, working at least 1-2 hours per week. Some placements can be more flexible if arranged in advance. Typical tasks include setting up or breaking down after activities, helping students with classwork or providing one-on-one support for whatever subject or activity is happening during your visit.
Reading and literacy support in the classroom and integrating the new Common Core math elements are always high needs, including creating/setting up materials outside of class.
Literacy or Reading Coaches offer one-on-one and small group support to students struggling with reading or language skills. This intervention is typically offered outside of class in a separate room so some schools may require additional training or screening to participate. You may also consider training with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy at one of their literacy tutor trainings offered throughout the Bay Area.
Special Education volunteers can provide valuable help to students facing a variety of challenges ranging from physical impairments to learning disabilities. Volunteers work in both traditional and designated classrooms, assisting students with academics, socializing, and specially tailored activities. Experience with hearing impaired students and sign language skills are much appreciated.
The Berkeley LEARNS after school program helps students with academic and enrichment activities in one placement. Help students with their homework during the designated “academic” time and/or support them in enrichment activities like arts and crafts, playing games, or just running around on the playground. This varies by school, please ask the LEARNS site coordinator for a schedule of classes and current high needs for support. No academics on Fridays.
Middle School (6th-8th Grade)
Volunteer with our pre-teens and teens in subject-specific classes ranging from core academics to arts, enrichment and special classes and programs listed below. Types of support include working with students one-on-one, helping small groups of students, or working with the whole class on a special project or lesson—whatever support the teacher feels is most needed at the time. If you’re looking to support a specific subject, activity or group of students, please make that known to BSV in advance so we may contact teachers for options. Although some special classes for Newcomers, English Learners, and Special Needs exist, you should expect a diverse group of students in all classrooms.
Volunteer Needs: science, math, English, reading/literacy support, second language learner and special education support in all subjects/classes.
Special Education volunteers can provide valuable help to students facing a variety of challenges ranging from physical impairments to learning disabilities. Volunteers work in both traditional and designated classrooms, assisting students with academics, socializing, and specially tailored activities.
Afterschool Tutoring Club (King or Willard Middle Schools) tutors individual students or small groups after school on a “drop-in” basis. Support students of all grades, skills and abilities who are struggling academically or socially/emotionally. This program has a great community feel and high volunteer and student retention rate.
Berkeley LEARNS afterschool program helps students afterschool who are enrolled in the program, assisting in completion of homework assignments, providing tutoring during the designated “academic” time, with a high need for supporting students in literacy and math. Each school offers different enrichment activities throughout the week, ranging from engineering to specialized music and arts. Please ask the coordinator of the LEARNS afterschool program for a schedule of classes and current high needs for support.