Riverways Education Partnerships

FAQ for School & Community Partners

What is Riverways Education Partnerships?

Riverways Education Partnerships connects UW undergraduate students to tutoring and other service opportunities in local and regional schools and community organizations.

Do Riverways tutors get UW credit for tutoring?

Many of the Riverways tutors are enrolled in classes related to education and receive credit for completing their tutoring commitment. Students in “Riverways Seminars” take a weekly seminar focused on different education topics, and tutor at least 2-3 hours/week (at least 20 hours over the course of 9 weeks) in K-12 classrooms. Occasionally, students receive more credit by tutoring 40, 60 or even 80 hours over the course of a quarter. Some students take service-learning courses in the sociology or psychology departments, which give them an opportunity to tutor through Riverways as well.

In addition, some students volunteer with Riverways without involvement in an academic class. Volunteers attend a mandatory Riverways orientation prior to tutoring and are asked to commit at least 2 hours a week for a minimum of 1 academic quarter.

What is my role as a school/organization contact person?

The school/organization contact person matches UW tutors with a classroom, teacher or with specific K-12 student(s). We tell tutors that it takes the contact person anywhere from a couple days to one week to place them in a classroom. Because of the tight timeline students are on, it is very helpful for students to get placed as soon as possible so they have plenty of time to complete their tutoring hours.

What is expected of Riverways tutors?

We stress the importance of consistency in tutoring – we ask students to commit to a weekly tutoring schedule for at least one academic quarter. Students are expected to tutor between 2-3 hours/week. We ask tutors to let their classroom teacher or school/organization contact person know if they are unable to attend due to illness or other extenuating circumstance.

What kind of training do Riverways tutors receive?

All Riverways tutors attend a 1.5 hour orientation that covers topics including the role of tutors, tutoring tips and strategies, cultural competency, safety and liability issues, and how to get started tutoring. Many students also take weekly seminar times where they debrief their tutoring experiences and discuss pertinent education issues.

How will UW students contact me?

Riverways Education Partnerships maintains an online list of current tutoring opportunities in local K-12 schools and community organizations. The listing includes the school/organization’s address, contact person and info, subject areas in need of tutors, days/times of the week tutors are needed, and bus directions to the school. Riverways tutors will pick a school/organization they would like to tutor in and email or phone the school/organization contact person asking to be placed in a classroom. Riverways tutors are asked to indicate subject area, grade level and days/times of interest.

When will Riverways tutors contact me?

We recruit students all year so Riverways tutors may begin contacting you starting in late September through late April. Peak times when students will be contacting schools are the start of each academic quarter: late September/early October, early January and late March/early April.

What are the dates of the UW academic quarters?

Fall Quarter 2018: Begins 9/26/18. Ends 12/7/18.
Winter Quarter 2019: Begins 1/7/19. Ends 3/15/19.
Spring Quarter 2019: Begins 4/1/19. Ends 6/7/19.

**Please note that the last week of the quarter end date is finals week. Some students are able to tutor during finals week while other are not.

Is transportation provided to Riverways tutors?

Due to limited funding, our to provide transportation to schools is quite limited. Riverways provides bus directions to each school. Many students take the bus and some students drive their own vehicles. For a small number of schools that are difficult to reach by bus or train, we have Ucar carpools available.

Should UW tutors supervise K-12 students alone?

No, UW tutors needs to be working under the supervision of a school staff person at all times.

Do I need to fill out evaluations of our school’s Riverways tutors?

Riverways seminars and service-learning students are required to keep an online log of their hours spent tutoring.  Their classroom teacher or school contact person will be asked to verify their logged hours and answer a few short evaluative questions at the end of an academic quarter.

Partner Evaluation Due Dates:
Fall Quarter 2018:  Dec 7th 2018
Winter Quarter 2019: March 15th, 2019
Spring Quarter 2019:  June 7th 2019

Does Riverways run a background check on Riverways tutors?

No. Due to Washington State Patrol policy, Riverways no longer runs background checks on UW tutors. Please follow the background check and screening procedure that your school/organization uses with all volunteers when screening and placing the UW Riverways students.

How do I log in to the EXPO website to update my school/organization's tutor position description?

  1. Go to the website by clicking here.
  2. Click on “All other non-UW users”. (In blue text, below the red button)
  3. Log in with your username and password. (If you’ve forgotten them, click on “Forgot username/password”)

If you have any questions or difficulty logging on, please email riverways@uw.edu and we will help you.