The Center for Urban Education's Ready to Learn program (RTL) is research-practice partnership that supports personalized learning through tutoring and mentoring which connects University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students with students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. RTL's goal is to provide grade school students with experiences to support their academic improvement in mathematics and social skill development.
Ready to Learn Mentors will work in teams of 5 to implement Ready to Learn sessions after-school virtually for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* Mentor and grow the math literacy and self-efficacy of middle school students
* Receive training in education and build skills in leadership, teamwork and service
* Work on a team of your peers and build your network around campus and within the larger Pittsburgh Community
* Earn OCC credit
Mentors can expect to work approximately 8-10 hours a week, with 6 hours of direct mentoring and two hours of training. Mentors will be responsible for attending two mentoring sessions per week virtually on Zoom, along with completing required training and preparing for mentoring sessions using the PL^2 app. The core focus of the mentor will be to help build and strengthen middle school students confidence and interest in math. Training will be held online
synchronous and asynchronous.
To effectively tutor and mentor middle school students, RTL mentors must complete seminar-training sessions to build five program competencies: 1) urban context, 2) teaching, tutoring and pedagogy (e.g., mathematics, English, financial literacy, life skills, and study skills), 3) mentoring and social support, 4) Research (action research), and 5) arts and technology.
Upon completion of this program, mentors will be able to:
* Demonstrate foundational knowledge of urban contexts.
* Critically examine the social and cultural contexts of urban education, including race and socio-economic class.
* Demonstrate knowledge and display behaviors of the professional aspects of tutoring and mentoring students, including dispositions, reflective practice, and classroom observation.
* Demonstrate knowledge of how to provide pedagogical supports in urban schools with and culturally diverse students.
Potential RTL Mentors must be able to fit one of the following time slots in their schedule:
Monday & Wednesday 3 - 6 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 3 - 6 PM
Some Saturdays Times may vary
Applicants should have a 2.5 QPA or higher and submit a cover letter describing past experiences working with youth.
A High School Diploma or GED is required for this position and a Bachelor's degree is Preferred.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
Department: Educ-Office of the Dean
Assignment Category: Parttime-Temporary
Minimum Education Level Required: High School Diploma or GED
Minimum Experience Level Required: Less than 1 year experience
Work Schedule: Mon. - Wed. or Tues .- Thurs. 4PM - 7PM (9/wk)
Requested Pay Rate: 15.0
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks are required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Cover Letter
Internal Number: 20004130
About University of Pittsburgh
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