SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Funding for the program comes from a range of supporters, including Brown Memorial. Eighty percent is raised through generous donations from individuals and foundations committed to advancing literacy and helping the children of Baltimore City succeed.

Consider volunteering to tutor. Tutors commit roughly 90 minutes a week during the public school year. Come visit us to experience the joy and magic that occurs daily.

Get Involved

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Martha Socolar, Program Director, at msocolar@browntutoring.org. If you would like to donate or to learn about other ways to support the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, please contact Tracy Cerrato, Development Director, tracy@browndowntown.org Or you can call the Tutoring Program directly: (410) 523-1542, ext. 108.

Our Leadership

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is a nonsectarian program overseen by a Commission (or Board).

commission

  • Anne Fallon Arnold
  • Brian Boles
  • Sana Brooks
  • Diana Cohen
  • Karen Dates Dunmore
  • Rob Kasper
  • Coppie MacFarlane
  • Jennifer McDowell
  • Thorsten Moenig
  • Mary Obrecht (Chair)
  • Terri Smith
  • Viviane Thorpe

staff

Martha Socolar, Director

Molly Higgins, Assistant Director

Tracy Cerrato, Development Director

Tutoring Program Overview

Our mission is to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children in Baltimore City Public Schools with the opportunity to build their literacy skills, regain their confidence, and succeed in school.

In the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, every child’s success is celebrated, no matter how small or large.  We want our students to experience the increased confidence and sense of pride that comes with achievement.

Spotlight on the Director: Martha Socolar

Study space gets a makeover

Support literacy in Baltimore City using pre-tax dollars through United Way.

Who We Serve

Each year between 80 and 90 students, first through fifth grade, from Baltimore City Public Schools participate in the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program. All students come from low-income families. The tutoring program works closely with school administrators and teachers to identify students who would benefit most from individualized reading instruction. Most of these children are struggling in school and are well below grade level in reading. 

We proudly partner with Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School, the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter SchoolDorothy I. Height Elementary School, and Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School.

How the Program Works

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, which is free for students, is unique among most volunteer tutoring programs in that our sessions take place during the school day.  Students are matched with the same tutor for the entire year and receive 75 minutes of one-on-one instruction in reading.  Each year the Tutoring Program staff picks a theme to study and develop throughout the year in order to expand the knowledge base of our students and to provide writing and reading incentives. For the 2021-22 year the theme is The Seven Continents.

One of the Tutoring Program’s main goals is to inspire a love of reading.  One way to achieve this is to help children build their own home library.  We provide all participating students with 10 new books throughout the year (four of which are mailed during the summer).  The books are selected to match the interest and skill level of each student.  

The UK’s National Literacy Trust surveyed nearly 60,00 children and teens in 2019 and found that children who own books in comparison to children who do not own a book are:

*Six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age (22% vs 3.6%)
*Nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading (56.2% vs 18.4%)
*More than twice as likely to agree that reading is cool (42.5% vs 16.6%)

Superhero students in action – students self reflect.

Mindfulness sessions center students for learning.

Mt. Royal’s former principal, Job Grotsky, lauds Tutoring Program.

Our Tutors

Our dedicated volunteer tutors come from a variety of backgrounds, professions, and experiences. At the beginning of the school year, tutors receive excellent training in reading instruction based on the Orton-Gillingham method, and workshops on elements of reading instruction are conducted throughout the year. Program staff are available at all sessions to guide and support the tutors, and there is an extensive library of books and teaching resources.

David Mock: A Faithful Supporter of the Tutoring Program.

Jigger Kratz: Nearly four decades tutoring Brown Memorial students.

Our Results

Every year we carefully assess each student’s progress by administering pretests at the start of the tutoring year and post assessments in May. Year after year our test results show our students achieved solid progress often advancing by two or more grade levels – a major achievement for students who are often two or three grade levels behind.

While our focus is literacy, the program provides other critical benefits to the children we serve – having a caring adult be a consistent part of their lives each week and exposing them to new ideas and possibilities.

How we help students achieve literacy.

SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Funding for the program comes from a range of supporters, including Brown Memorial. Eighty percent is raised through generous donations from individuals and foundations committed to advancing literacy and helping the children of Baltimore City succeed.

Consider volunteering to tutor. Tutors commit roughly 90 minutes a week during the public school year. Come visit us to experience the joy and magic that occurs daily.

Get Involved

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Martha Socolar, Program Director, at msocolar@browntutoring.org. If you would like to donate or to learn about other ways to support the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, please contact Tracy Cerrato, Development Director, tracy@browndowntown.org Or you can call the Tutoring Program directly: (410) 523-1542, ext. 108.

Our Leadership

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is a nonsectarian program overseen by a Commission (or Board).

commission

  • Anne Fallon Arnold
  • Brian Boles
  • Sana Brooks
  • Diana Cohen
  • Karen Dates Dunmore
  • Rob Kasper
  • Coppie MacFarlane
  • Jennifer McDowell
  • Thorsten Moenig
  • Mary Obrecht (Chair)
  • Terri Smith
  • Viviane Thorpe

staff

Martha Socolar, Director

Molly Higgins, Assistant Director

Tracy Cerrato, Development Director