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Volunteer Tools and Resources

Tutoring resources:

Minnesota Literacy Council Resources:
  • From MLC's Tutor Resource Center:
  • Literacy 101: The Basics: Learn more about  the history and background of literacy in Minnesota, the nation, and within the international community.
  • Tutor Training: Learn about and/or enroll in a comprehensive training program for new and active tutors. Take a look at these pre-service trainings and in-service workshops that will help you become a successful tutor.
  • Preparing Lessons: Gather the tools you need to successfully prepare lessons and create a culturally-inclusive learning environment. 
  • Advocate for Literacy! Learn more about what you can do to support equitable literacy services through legislative organizing and advocacy.
  • Take a look at big picture issues in literacy: definitions, why adult literacy is important, how literacy programming is structured, and what organizations are working on this important cause in Literacy 101 in our Tutor Resource Section.
  • Or check the following links to specific topics and statistics.

  • History of ABE Federal Funding 

  • Just the Facts:  Literacy Statistics in Minnesota and the U.S.

  • Links to more statewide and national literacy organizations

After school program resources:

Information for volunteers:

The Achievement Gap:

No Child Left Behind:
Some interesting documents on culture and religion: (borrowed from Wellstone International's Volunteer page)
Photobucket      - a concise profile of Somali culture and history.
Photobucket      - a concise profile of Hmong culture and history.
Photobucket     -  an introduction to Islam and the ways in which it affects the experience of Muslim immigrants.
Photobucket  -  a profile of Ethiopian culture and history.
Many of these links were borrowed from the City of Lakes Resources Page. We recommend visiting their page for additional resources.

Additional Volunteer Resources

Here are additional resources that might be useful depending upon your volunteer position and interests within a school.

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Social Studies

Special Education

Mentoring Tools

Culturally Responsive/Anti-racist Tools

Study Skills/ Homework Help Information

Online Course

Videos (View all LEARNS videos)

Online Publications

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