supporting Cambridge public school students

Resources for Working with Students

For All Volunteers: Effects of the Pandemic

As you get to know your student you might notice that they are experiencing many different emotions, exacerbated by the pandemic. Here’s a reading that can help you understand their struggles. Your role as a tutor is to help provide structure, reassurance, and connection.

Alice Cohen: Beyond Academics

The state of students following the remote school year 2020-2021 as well as spring of 2020.

Takeaways from the Winter 2022 workshop for CSV volunteers given by Alice Cohen, Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning, Cambridge Public Schools.

For Upper School Tutors

Math Curriculum:



For Upper School Tutors and High School Volunteers

Working with Teens:

Cambridge School Volunteers provides both required training and optional training workshops for volunteers. For information about required training, visit our “How to Get Started” page. Below you will find information about future and past optional workshops for volunteer professional development.

Past Workshops

Executive Functions

Trauma and Learning

Creating and Maintaining Productive Tutoring Relationships

On February 27, 2020, Social Emotional Lead Teacher for the Cambridge Public Schools Alice Cohen thoughtfully highlighted for volunteers some key ideas about adolescent development and the social/ emotional needs of students.  She shared the handouts linked below, which got participants thinking about reframing student behavior and becoming more trauma sensitive. She also shared this video clip that articulates the difference between sympathy and empathy:

Illustrative Math for Upper School Tutors

On October 28, 2019, we gathered upper school tutors to learn about the Illustrative Math curriculum used in Grades 6, 7, and 8 in the Cambridge Public Schools. Here are several resources from this training workshop: