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your favorite post from july

It's time to revisit "reader favorites" from our Sunday posts on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog. Your favorite post from July 2014 was about HEART Tutoring. Enjoy!

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ― Henry Adams

Without a strong foundation in math, success in higher levels of learning is difficult. Here in Charlotte, 70% of economically disadvantaged students scored below grade level in 3rd – 8th grade math in 2012/13. Wait – did you read that sentence too quickly? In case you missed it, that number is 70%.

The good news is there are a lot of people working toward a solution. One group making real headway is HEART Tutoring. They take direct aim at the problem by targeting elementary students with one-on-one math tutoring twice a week. And it’s working.

Using CMS-approved assessments, HEART can see that 98% of their students over the past four years improved in two or more conceptual focus areas. Conceptual focus areas are things like counting, the concept of more/less, multiplication and division.

Who are the tutors making this happen? Volunteers, just like you! No need to be a mathematician. You’re probably already comfortable with the concepts covered, and HEART Tutoring provides training and the curriculum.

There are a lot of ways to get involved in this successful, growing organization. Tutoring takes only one hour per week. Find out more below, or visit SHARE Charlotte.


Weekly Tutors – Volunteers are matched with a student at Billingsville Elementary, Winterfield Elementary, or Montclaire Elementary who is struggling in math and tutor that student once per week throughout the school year.

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We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!