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Tutors Needed to Inspire Young Readers – virtual and in-person opportunities available 

Reading Partners is an education nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to elementary student readers across four Seattle schools. 

Volunteer tutor and a student sitting at a desk in a classroom side-by-side smiling.
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We seek volunteers who can commit a minimum of 1 hour/week for the school year. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum that includes all of the books, worksheets, and step-by-step lesson plans. Reading Partners also has a staff Program Coordinator who is available to support tutors at all times. Tutoring runs Mondays- Fridays, between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. We are currently offering both in-person and virtual tutoring opportunities at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary and Rising Star Elementary. Virtual-only opportunities at Sanislo Elementary and Leschi Elementary. Learn more on our website and apply today!

What type of help do schools need? 

Volunteer needs vary by school and time of the year. Below are some ways you may offer to help, but please be open to the most urgent needs the school may present you with:

  • Lunch and recess support, especially during the pandemic when students are eating spread out over larger areas.
  • Classroom or library help: Read or listen to students read in your native language, organize books, prepare materials, tutoring math, and more!
  • Virtual/remote classroom assistance or tech support: We recently created guidelines for remote volunteers! See the handbook’s “Remote Volunteer” section for details. 
  • Before and between classes: Help for 30-40min during recess, in the lunchroom, or as students arrive in the morning. Your positive presence will brighten students’ day, help them be safe and on their best behavior.
  • Lost & found: Offer to organize lost and found items once or twice per month.
  • Special talents: Schools have many specialized needs. Are you fluent in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese or Chinese? Can you lend a hand in the learning garden or the robotics club?

  • Seattle Public Schools is committed to creating a  culturally responsive workforce to better serve students furthest from educational justice. Consider volunteering with us to network with staff, gain mentorship opportunities, and find out if a teaching career is for you! If so, our Academy of Rising Educators is a great opportunity for future educators of color to gain their teaching credentials with little or no student debt! 
  • Do you need to complete observation hours to apply to a teaching program? Our school district welcomes future educators to actively fulfill this school application requirement through volunteering. Since processing volunteer applications, orienting and training new volunteers to support educators and students takes time, we require a three-month commitment of at least one reoccurring weekly volunteer shift per week. This timeline allows staff to provide thoughtful feedback, mentoring, and potential recommendations to teaching candidates while also guaranteeing your hourly requirement will be met. 
  • Are you in an undergraduate program for future educators and seeking an internship placement?  Please ask your internship coordinator to  contact our volunteer program to discuss undergraduate internship partnership opportunities with SPS.
  • Student teaching and graduate-level internships:  SPS has signed agreements with the following graduate programs for student teaching and internships: City University, Portland State University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Montana, University of Washington – Bothell, University of Washington – Seattle, Washington State University, Western Washington University. Please do not apply to volunteer with SPS, but rather inquire with your university about their placement arrangements with SPS.

Seattle Public Schools believes it is vital to engage families and community members in the life of the school as a community center of learning.

Reading Partners

Tutors Needed to Inspire Young Readers (virtual and in-person opportunities!) 

Reading Partners is an education nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to elementary student readers across four Seattle schools. 

We seek volunteers who can commit a minimum of 1 hour/week for the school year. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum that includes all of the books, worksheets, and step-by-step lesson plans. Reading Partners also has a staff Program Coordinator who is available to support tutors at all times. Tutoring runs Mondays- Fridays, between 8:00am-4:00pm. We are currently offering both in-person and virtual tutoring opportunities at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary and Rising Star Elementary. Virtual-only opportunities at Sanislo Elementary and Leschi Elementary. Learn more on our website and apply today!

Communities in Schools of Seattle

Are you looking for ways to meet people, get involved, and give back to your amazing community? Our goal is to connect volunteers. Watch a video with some of our outstanding volunteers and visit our website to consider current opportunities.

Volunteer as a Coach

Looking to volunteer as an athletic coach? Athletic coaches (both volunteer and paid) are required to complete additional ASM prevention training and national-level background check. The athletic coach role description and application is available at the district job board.

Some schools also have club sports volunteer coach opportunities (LaCrosse, Cheer, Ultimate Frisbee, etc). Please visit your preferred school’s website for more information.

Not all schools have a Volunteer Coordinator, but all schools have someone able to respond to people interested in being a volunteer in their school or programs.

The Self Help Projects Program regularly needs volunteer groups to implement school building or ground improvements, including:

  • Developing a school garden
  • Weeding and mulching landscape areas
  • Installing new playground equipment
  • Creating a mural
  • Landscape renovation
  • Developing a conceptual master site plan