Friday, March 21, 2014

Join the Seattle MESA Tutor Training Program for Spring 2014!

We are looking for engaging and motivated graduate and undergraduate students who want to make a difference to youth in Seattle. Starting this spring, you can begin your training to become a Seattle MESA math and science tutor for high school students.  

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A TUTOR?: We are looking for engaging and motivated UW graduate and undergraduate students and community members who want to work with high school students from underrepresented groups.  We are looking for students who want training and experience working in local Seattle schools with a cohort of trained peers.  You need to be comfortable with algebra and/or geometry at the high school level.  MESA tutors must attend a MESA STEM Tutor Training Basic Skills workshop (offered spring and autumn quarters), enroll in our weekly seminar (offered autumn and winter quarters) and commit to working 2-3 hours per week in Seattle Public Schools.  And in case you were wondering....STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering/Environment and Math.

CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE SEATTLE MESA TUTOR TRAINING PROGRAM?:  Seattle MESA provides enrichment opportunities and high quality resources that inspire students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, to pursue education and careers in math, engineering and science (  We are offering a tutor training program for UW graduate and undergraduate students as well as community members to work with Seattle high school students in math and science.

Seattle MESA Tutors must complete to following:
·         Complete a Seattle MESA Introductory Tutoring Training Workshop (CENV 490 B).
·         Attend a weekly seminar during their first quarter of tutoring (offered Autumn or Winter quarters).
·         Tutor students once a week on site at a partner school during the afterschool program hours.
·         Complete and pass the appropriate subject area test.
·         Complete a background check through the Seattle Public Schools and follow UW volunteer guidelines.

HOW AND WHEN CAN I START? Register now for the spring MESA Introductory Tutor Training Workshop (C ENV 490 Section B Special Topics in the Spring Time Schedule). This is a 1 credit hour tutor skills and cultural competency training designed to get you ready to work one on one and in small groups with Seattle high school students in math. You will observe teachers and your students in their classrooms and complete a series of assignments and reflections.  The class will meet three Wednesdays in May: May 14, 21 and 28 from 4-6 pm.  All students must also be able to complete a classroom observation during the day at a local high school.  

WHAT IF I AM NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE SPRING WORKSHOP?  Please let us know if you want to start the training program this spring but cannot make the dates and times listed.  1) We may offer a second workshop if there is interest!  2) You can also wait and register for the Autumn 2014 workshop.       

CAN SEATTLE MESA TUTORING COUNT TOWARDS MY MAJOR OR MINOR? Maybe!  Our tutoring training program coursework can fulfill the Field Experience requirement for the ELS minor and may be considered as credits towards the Diversity minor.   

Questions?  Please email