Online Reading Program Volunteer

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region - St. Catharines, ON (30+ days ago)

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Position: Online Reading Program Volunteer Tutor

Reports to: Program Coordinator

Start Date: July 6th (Monday/Wednesday) or July 7th (Tuesday/Thursday)

End Date: August 27th (Monday/Wednesday) or August 28th (Tuesday/Thursday)

Location: Online (via Microsoft Teams)

Position Summary:

The position of Online Reading Program Volunteer Tutor supports the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region’s literacy program for children and youth with learning difficulties. This one-on-one literacy program is designed to motivate and help children in grades 2 – 10 gain confidence and academic success in reading. It is also designed to help volunteers gain knowledge and experience in working with children who experience difficulties learning essential literacy skills.

Key Responsibilities:

The Online Reading Program volunteer tutor will:

  • Develop and implement an appropriate and effective individualized virtual literacy program to meet the child’s individual literacy needs through:
  • Executing lesson plans in the areas of literacy (i.e., phonics, sight words, reading fluency) using direct and explicit instruction;
  • Extending lessons with engaging, creative and interactive literacy activities to provide assistance for the assigned child struggling with literacy skills;
  • Creating a unique virtual ‘workstation’ where the child’s successes are emphasized through graphing and posting mastered literacy concepts;
  • Providing a positive learning environment to invoke self-motivation for the child as they develop essential literacy skills.
  • Conduct an informal literacy assessment on the first day of program (pre-assessment) as well as on the last day of program (post-assessment);
  • Provide regular positive feedback on the student’s progress to instill self-motivation and self-confidence in their academic development;
  • Complete session reports after the tutoring sessions to track the child’s progress in the program;
  • Communicate effectively with caregivers on a regular basis to keep them informed of their child’s progress.
  • Assist the Program Assistant and/or Program Coordinator with tasks as required.

Length of Appointment:

The Online Reading Program volunteer tutor will serve for 8-weeks from July 6th – August 28th as a tutor with the program. The volunteer tutor is eligible to continue for subsequent program seasons with approval from the Program Coordinator.

Time Commitment:

Two (2) hours of programming per week for each week that the program is in session. The volunteer tutor may also be required to dedicate one (1) additional hour outside of each tutoring session to prepare the literacy activities and virtual ‘workstation’ (graphing progress and recording goals).

In addition, each volunteer tutor must attend mandatory orientation/training during the week prior to program beginning (approximately 4 hours).

Option 1: Mondays AND Wednesdays (must be available for both days) during at least one of the following time slots:

· Monday and Wednesday: 9:30 – 10:30 am

· Monday and Wednesday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

· Monday and Wednesday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

· Monday and Wednesday: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

· Monday and Wednesday: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Option 2: Tuesdays AND Thursdays (must be available for both days) during at least one of the following time slots:

· Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 – 10:30 am

· Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00 am – 12 pm

· Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

· Tuesday and Thursday: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

· Tuesday and Thursday: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Please note: The Online Reading Program will NOT run on the Civic Holiday – Monday, August 3rd 2020.

Mandatory Activities:

  • Attend meetings as necessary;
  • Attend all training sessions;
  • Responsible for reporting online 10 minutes prior to designated tutoring time slot;
  • Fill out time sheets as necessary.


Eligible candidates for the Online Reading Program volunteer tutor position will have:

  • A Police Vulnerable Sectors Clearance valid within two years (*required if 18+);
  • Completed the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training Module – Click here for link to access (*required);
  • Earned a minimum of a secondary school diploma (*required);
  • A working device, microphone and camera with reliable Internet access (*required);
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Teams (an asset);
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C (an asset);
  • Post-secondary education in the field of education or child and youth studies (an asset);
  • Previous experience working with individuals with learning disabilities (an asset).


Eligible candidates should demonstrate:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Organization, creativity, and professionalism;
  • Assertiveness, responsibility, and reliability;
  • The ability to meet deadlines within a specified time frame.


Volunteers will develop skills related to the association:

  • Understanding the functions and roles of LDANR;
  • Identifying and utilizing community resources;
  • Gaining understanding of the issues and needs of the client;
  • Gaining proficiency in online tutoring and Microsoft Teams software;
  • Increased knowledge of Learning Disabilities and AD(H)D.

Support Provided:

Mandatory training for this position will be provided online (via Microsoft Teams) during the week before programs start. The Program Assistants and/or Program Coordinator will be online at all times during tutoring sessions to assist the volunteer tutor as needed. Additionally, the Program Coordinator is available on an ongoing basis to answer questions and provide other assistance and support as needed. Volunteer tutors will have full access to LDANR’s virtual ‘resource’ library for tools, website links, games, and reading passages that would be useful for tutoring sessions.

Job Types: Part-time, Volunteer


  • Secondary School (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work remotely:

  • Yes