Work-Study Tutor (America Reads)

Work-Study Tutors focus on reading & math skills with elementary, middle and early high school students and support the Seattle Public Schools' effort to promote educational equity for all students, with a focus on under-resourced schools.

Not work-study eligible? See more information on volunteer tutoring here.

Work-Study Tutors are federal work-study eligible UW students who tutor weekly at historically underresourced schools in Seattle. Tutors focus on reading or math skills with elementary-high school students and build strong relationships with youth by making a commitment to their tutoring site for at least 2 consecutive quarters during the academic year. Tutors support the Seattle Public Schools' effort to promote educational equity for all students, with a focus on under-resourced schools.

Work-Study Tutors will:

  • Commit to tutoring at least 6 hours per week. (Tutors may begin at either the start of Fall quarter or the start of Winter Quarter.)
  • Work closely with educators and students in a K-8 setting and learn the fundamental skills behond learning literacy. 
  • Attend trainings throughout the academic year. 

Work-study tutors may also receive academic credit while completing their tutoring hours by enrolling in EDUC 260 and EDUC 401.

Tutors are expected to commit to working at a school at least 2 quarters of the academic year for at least 6 hours/week, with the opportunity to work up to 3 quarters in the academic year (dependent on availability of their work study award). 

View the full position description here. (UW netID required)

●    Able to work closely with educators and students in a K-8 setting and willing to learn the fundamental skills behind learning literacy.
●    Currently enrolled at UW and is work study eligible (Not sure? More info here)
●    Demonstrated understanding of educational inequities and the racial and socioeconomic disparities that exist in education.
●    Ability to work independently while upholding strong communication with team members and school staff
●    Reliable and consistent attendance
●    Self-motivated to solve issues as they arise
●    Willingness to travel to a school site in Seattle via public transportation or personal vehicle
●    Tutors must be ready to commit at least 6 hours of tutoring per week for at least 2 consecutive academic quarters.

●    Experience tutoring or teaching elementary school students
●    Experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds

Compensation: (federal work-study eligibility required)

  • Undergraduate students: $20.00 / hour

  • Graduate students: $22.00 / hour  

Educational Benefits:
●    Tutors will learn education theory and skills behind learning literacy and math. 
●    Tutors will build relationships and connections in an elementary or middle school setting. 
●    Tutors will build community with other UW tutors serving at the same school.

To apply, please complete the online application form.

You will be asked to respond to the following in 3-4 sentences each:

  • Why do you want to be a tutor for elementary or middle school students with the CELE Center?
  • Please describe your experience working with youth or adults from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
  • What does educational equity mean to you and what does this look like in practice?

Application Deadlines:

  • For a start date in Fall Quarter 2024: Monday October 7, 2024
  • For a start date in Winter Quarter 2024: Monday December 2, 2024

Questions about the Work-Study Tutor position can be directed to