Tutoring in concert with the teacher's curriculum is one of the research-backed strategies to increase student performance and is a key part of United Way's plan to reduce the racial achievement gap.
Tutoring in concert with the teacher’s curriculum is one of the research-backed strategies to increase student performance and is a key part of United Way’s plan to reduce the racial achievement gap.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced a grant of a $247,188 (renewable for two additional years) to United Way of Dane County’s Achievement Connections program that will place 20 AmeriCorps members in Madison and Middleton high schools to tutor students in algebra. United Way is providing a cash match of $428,295 annually. Tutoring in concert with the teacher’s curriculum is one of the research-backed strategies to increase student performance and is a key part of United Way’s plan to reduce the racial achievement gap.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO of United Way of Dane County said of the collaboration between the United Way of Dane County, Madison Metropolitan School District, Middleton/Cross Plains Area School District, and AmeriCorps. “AmeriCorps members have a tremendous impact in our Education work by allowing us to recruit hundreds of community volunteers to tutor struggling students to accelerate results on our community’s Agenda for Change.”

The grant will allow us to place teams of four AmeriCorps math tutors and one AmeriCorps tutor coordinator at four high schools in Madison and Middleton. The AmeriCorps tutor coordinator will train, recruit and coordinate volunteers with math proficiency to tutor high school students in algebra.

“Two academic indicators foreshadow long-term academic success in a student,” says Kathy Hubbard, Director of Community Impact in Education at United Way of Dane County. “The first is ability to read by fourth grade and completion of algebra is the second. Meeting these two academic milestones greatly increases a child’s ability to graduate.”

United Way and our community have been fortunate to have support from the CNCS since 1998 for our Schools of Hope Elementary tutoring program. Achievement Connections also uses an effective one-on-one tutoring model that works in concert with the teacher’s curriculum to help students get the additional academic attention they may need. Schools of Hope elementary focuses on literacy, while Achievement Connections focuses on math.

Become an AmeriCorps member with United Way of Dane County

We will be recruiting 20 AmeriCorps members for this project: 13 math tutors, 4 tutor coordinators, 1 volunteer coordinator at United Way of Dane County Volunteer Center, 1 volunteer coordinator to at the Morgridge Center for Public Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and 1 United Way 2-1-1 Information Specialist.  The positions begin service in August 2014.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Briony MacPhee at (608) 245-8072, email her at achievementconnections@uwdc.org or log onto unitedwaydanecounty.org/jobs.

Become an Achievement Connections Volunteer Tutor

If you are interested in becoming an Achievement Connections tutor, please call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or mobile phone or log onto www.unitedwaydanecounty.org and click on the VOLUNTEER button.

About Achievement Connections

Achievement Connections High School Math Tutoring is collaboration between United Way of Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District, and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Its mission is to work with school staff to eliminate the racial and socio-economic achievement gap by increasing the academic performance of students of color and those from low-income families. Its goal is to increase the number of students passing algebra by 10th grade with a grade “C” or higher, which is a leading indicator that a student will graduate from high school and be ready for college, career and community. AmeriCorps members based in Madison and Middleton area high schools will directly tutor students as well as serve as recruit, train and oversee volunteer tutors.  Tutors will provide individualized math tutoring focused on homework help, test preparation, and be matched with students who need of additional help with math and core math skill-building.

About Our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—six goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.