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Reading Partners

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Last year, Mayor Bynum signed an executive order to create the City of Tulsa Reading Partner Tutoring Initiative to encourage City employees to volunteer one hour a week as reading tutors for first through third grade students in select TPS schools.

Third grade reading proficiency last year for TPS was at 50 percent for third grade reading proficiency. However, children who go through this program have more than a 90 percent success rate. Third grade reading proficiency is one of the strongest indicators of whether or not someone will graduate from high school.

Paid volunteer leave is available for full-time exempt and non-exempt employees who are in good standing and receive their Department Head’s approval before participating. Simply submit the Paid Volunteer Leave Request Form to your immediate supervisor.

You may receive up to two hours of leave per week (only with your Department Head’s approval or their designee). All paid volunteer leave should occur during normal work hours for employees/volunteers. Also, all exempt and non-exempt employees using the Paid Volunteer Leave need to submit their leave request through Kronos before using their leave.

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Reading Partners Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend an orientation before applying?
Yes. If you are new to Reading Partners, please plan to attend an orientation at the City on September 24 or 25, you will get to register online during orientation. 

I was a Reading Partner during the 2017-18 school year. Do I need to attend orientation again?
No. If you went through orientation last year, you do not need to complete it again. You still need to complete the Application Form and submit it to your supervisor. 

If I can't make it to an orientation at the City of Tulsa, will there be other orientations?
Yes! You can register for an orientation at any time online at readingpartners.org/volunteer. There are always multiple orientations scheduled at various times and locations each week. 

In which schools can I volunteer with Reading Partners?
Reading Partners serves in twenty-three TPS schools, which can be found on our website at readingpartners.org or download

Do I have to submit a background check?
Yes. All volunteers must complete the TPS background check on their first day of tutoring. 

When do I get to schedule my weekly session and decide when my first day of tutoring will be?
Scheduling your first day of tutoring and weekly session takes place during your orientation. 

What if I don't remember everything that I learn in the orientation?
Each reading center has a full-time site coordinator who is there to help you every step of the way. They will help connect you with online resources and let you know about workshops throughout the year so that you feel confident and prepared to be successful with your student. 

If I volunteered with Reading Partners last year, do I need to attend another orientation? 
No. Returning volunteers do not have to attend an orientation. 

If I volunteered with Reading Partners last year, how to I schedule my tutoring sessions?
Returning volunteers can reach out to the Community Engagement team at (918) 949-1979 or volunteerTUL@readingpartners.org to schedule their first day of tutoring and weekly session time. (Returning volunteers will also be contacted in August by their site coordinator to help them get scheduled.)

Who can I contact if I have more questions about volunteering with Reading Partners?
Contact the Community Engagement team at (918) 949-1979 or volunteerTUL@readingpartners.org