Volunteer works with students

Getting Started!

1. Sign up on-line

Somerville Public Schools strives to match volunteers with meaningful opportunities that will support student learning and enrichment. Help us match you with a great opportunity and track our progress by self-registering on SPS VolunteerMatters.

2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation

Join us at the next Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, November 30 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, at the East Somerville Community School.  You will meet other volunteers new to Somerville Public Schools and learn about current opportunities to serve.  To RSVP and for more info email Volunteer Coordinator Jen Capuano: jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617-629-5475. 

3. Submit your CORI Form

For the safety of all students, all volunteers, regardless of time commitment or volunteer activity, are required to have an approved CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) before serving in a Somerville Public School. CORIs may be obtained and submitted at a Volunteer Orientation, directly through any Somerville Public School, or through the Parent Information Center, Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3:00pm. 

CORIs must be submitted yearly on paper form with the applicant’s signature and photo identification (license, Massachusetts ID, US passport or US Government issued picture identification). Individuals without a Social Security Number may also apply. Individuals without a photo ID may submit a birth certificate or other U.S. Government issued identification.

To check your CORI status, contact Rosie Federico at the Parent Information Center: RFederico@k12.somerville.ma.us  or CALL 617-629-5670, or log into your VolunteerMatters account.   

Volunteer Resources

Somerville Public Schools remain steadfast in their commitment to serving all students and families, regardless of citizenship. Somerville Public Schools has a moral and legal obligation to enroll and serve every child living in our district without regard to immigration status, and without fear of discrimination.  As a volunteer serving in our schools, thank you for helping to continue to provide a welcoming, safe, inclusive and nurturing educational experience for all of our students.  This resource may be helpful in your volunteer work:  Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice , and Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff (pg 24).

Literacy, Tutoring, ESL



Interactive reading games and activities: http://pbskids.org/games/reading/ 

25 Books that diversify students’ reading lists\


Best Practices of SPS Volunteer Math Tutors

  • Care  Get to know your student(s). Your tutoring may be their first 1:1 tutoring experience. Getting to know each other is important in gaining the student's trust, and retaining their interest and commitment to tutoring moving forward. Learn about student's favorite subjects, things they like to do, and share information about yourself. 

  • Consistency and Commitment   Commit to a weekly schedule for the school year. Your consistency helps solidify tutoring as a before-school, in-school, or after school option for students and staff. Be on time, and provide at least 24 hours' notice if you need to cancel a session. 

  • Communications  Secure teacher's contact and determine how often they will communicate with you. Weekly or before each session is ideal.  You should be getting regular updates about student's progress.  If you notice gaps in their understanding of certain concepts, notify teacher as soon as you can.

  • Curriculum  From teacher secure math curriculum for your student. Identify with teacher and through your own observations which skills the student is needing extra help with; find out when quizzes and test occur to work on similar problems leading up to testing.   

  • Celebrate Effort, Build Confidence  Create an environment where the student is encouraged to ask questions. Model the steps you take to tackle a difficult problem. Praise student for their hard work and great problem-solving.  Celebrating the student's effort, not their abilities, can foster a positive mindset for future educational achievement and joy in learning: https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/.   Add fun, subtract testing stress, make it relevant wherever you can.


  • http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/mathematics/scos/  Instructional support tools by grade and standard, with explanations and examples.  Use as backup to unpack content. 
  • Khan Academy – searchable by topic, grade, skills, subject.
  • Internet 4 Classrooms – High-quality, free Internet resources to use in instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials.
  • Cool Math – Coolmath was designed for everyone from the frustrated, the confused, the bored students of the world who hate math to the math geeks of the world.
  • Math Playground – Create math worksheets, practice facts and play logic games.
  • Math Goodies – Math Goodies is a free math help site featuring interactive lessons.
  • Math Cats – Enrich children’s mathematical understanding; provides math explorations, trivia, and classroom activities for all grades.
  • A Math Dictionary for Kids – This site explains 600 common mathematical terms in simple language using animation and other techniques.
  • Fun Math Calculators – Provides math calculators for all sorts of things, from climate, to shopping, cooking, saving money, converting measurements, and plenty more.

Mentoring Resources