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McShan Reading Homeroom (MRH) for Refugee/Immigrant 1st-2nd Graders

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Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy

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  • 61 people are interested
Map of Success!

WHAT DO WE DO? During the school year, we provide one-on-one tutoring for the students of McShan Elementary School, a public school located in Dallas, Texas populated with more than 90% refugee and immigrant students.

McShan Reading Homeroom (MRH) and Saturday School partners with the McShan faculty to enhance the K - 3 classroom experience. We try to engage with our students in ways that make the kids want to come back. Success is when a student says "Can I read another book?"

During July each summer, we expand our reach to include students from throughout the Vickery Meadow area who are referred by their teachers and are needing continuing English immersion during the summer. During normal times, Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy (VMSRA) is classroom style. During the pandemic, we are virtual and one-on-one.

Our students are refugees or immigrants. Some are struggling, some need enrichment. All benefit from knowing that we care about them. In short, we teach reading fundamentals and the joy of learning.

WHO ARE WE? Our adult tutors are passionate about children and literacy! We care about more than ABCs.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and stations in life. We are: hard-working professionals, retirees, high school and college students, church, synagogue and mosque members, unaffiliated folks, singles, parents and grandparents, mother-daughter teams, Texans, and residents of other states and countries. We are a melting pot of people of every race and creed who care deeply about our students and their families.

HOW CAN I HELP? We like to say, "If you can read, you can help." But MRH is more than reading stories.

  • One-on-One Tutoring: Our tutors commit to at least 45 minutes of tutoring per week plus lesson planning time. We are alert to student challenges both in the classroom and at home. Our tutors are comfortable helping to develop reading skills and letting our leadership team know if you sense a child is experiencing learning or emotional difficulties.
  • Co-Tutoring: Pair with a friend and co-tutor 2 students. Don’t have a partner, but want one? We’ll try to pair you with one.
  • Become an Observer: Learn our system and help us help our tutors by observing Zoom tutoring sessions and providing feedback. Time commitment is flexible.

WHAT WILL I DO? We partner you with a New Tutor Coach who will guide you through your first month or so of tutoring, and will provide you with roadmaps and resources developed by experienced educators to guide your lessons. Our students range from those who do not know their letters to fluent readers performing well above grade level but who need vocabulary enrichment, and everyone in between.

We will match you to a student based on your experience, comfort level and availability. We tutor during and after school and even on the weekends. Some McShan students are tutored while they are in school. Some are at home. All are tutored remotely at this time.

DO YOU PROVIDE TEACHING MATERIALS? Yes. You will have access to a wide array of online books and teaching materials. We have videos and how-to guides to get you started and answer questions along the way.

You may (but are not required) to join one of our many online tutor circles (10 to 12 tutors). Our circles are led by experienced teachers so you can ask questions, share challenges and successes and receive tech support. We provide periodic observations by experienced tutors to give you feedback. MRH has a dedicated team of volunteer leaders who are focused on helping you become the best tutor you can be.

HOW DO I TEACH ONLINE? Don’t worry! We can teach you Zoom basics and provide tech support along the way.

NOT SURE? Contact us! We can answer questions and arrange for you to observe a tutoring session. Email your questions to mcshanreads@gmail.com

Click here for the Tutor Application Link: https://forms.gle/1MdE2KHC8s5MLPWC9

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About Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy


8307 Meadow Road, Dallas, TX 75231, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy (VMSRA) is to include the students of Vickery Meadow who would not read/write or hear/speak English all summer; provide food, socialization and exercise for those who would not eat well, or even leave the apartment because parents work and are afraid to let them play outside; tutor students so that they are better prepared and inspired to enter school in the Fall after four weeks of the Academy. McShan Reading Homeroom began as an off-shoot of VMSRA in 2015, and is now in full operation throughout the school year, focusing on basic English, reading, writing, and reading comprehension. Since March 2020, MRH and VMSRA have been fuly virtual, and will continue to be until the pandemic subsides and volunteers are once again permitted to volunteer in person.


We are a volunteer staff of youth and adults

who care about the English education of the

children of Vickery Meadow,Dallas,TX.

If you are interested in Tutoring or Youth

Leadership experience in 2013, or can help

with an upcomingWork Project, please visit

our "Tutors/Youth Leaders" page.

2013 Classes start July 16 and run through

August 8, Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday only

8:30am to 12noon

We provide English-only basic phonics, reading,

and writing for 180 students of McShan Elementary,

Kinder through Sixth Grade. Breakfast and Lunch

will be served. Emphasis is placed on parental support, student citizenship, discipline, and PERFECT ATTENDANCE.

We are all in a race -- the Human Race!

And we are in a race to the TOP!

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • 45 minutes to two hours one or more times each week, anytime between 7:30am and 2:50pm Monday through Sunday via Zoom during the pandemic, then in-person.
  • You will need to clear a Dallas ISD background check at https://dallasisd.voly.org (choose Lee A McShan) complete DISD Application and Orientation, and apply to MRH using this link:  https://forms.gle/Qy9r9b71eDbdGirA7

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