Embudo Valley Tutoring Association
- Provide children and youth in the rural communities along the Northern Rio Grande from Velarde to Taos with an equal chance to achieve academic success by providing free tutoring in any subject for as long as the student needs it.
- Strengthen the quality of education in underfunded rural schools in our area by providing qualified tutors to work in the schools during the school day, as well as after school and in the summer
- Help children with Dyslexia and other reading disabilities succeed by providing them with specialized multi-sensory instruction when they cannot learn by traditional teaching methods
- Reduce the local high school drop out rate of 15% by helping students achieve proficiency in Language Arts and Math in the early primary years
- Commitment: EVTA's staff of experienced teachers is committed to providing the best possible tutoring support to the children of our rural communities so that they have an equal chance to succeed in an increasingly technical, competitive world.
- High quality of service: EVTA is dedicated to providing the best possible training to our tutors so that they may be able to meet any student's academic needs.
- Empowerment: Our goal is to empower local children so they can achieve their full potential as human beings, responsible parents and leaders of society
- Community: EVTA works closely with local families, schools and the Rio Grande Library to increase the literacy of local children.
- Flexibility: EVTA remains flexible in its service offerings so the organization can adapt itself to the changing needs of the schools and community.
The Embudo Valley Tutoring Association (EVTA) was incorporated, as Embudo Valley Tutoring (EVTA), in 2004 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization to support Dixon Elementary, and strengthen the educational opportunities for children in the rural area surrounding the Rio Grande of Rio Arriba County in northern New Mexico. EVTA has provided continuous free tutoring and mentoring to children and youth of the Rio Grande and surrounding villages for 12 years. We provide free tutoring during the school day, after school, and during the summer. Beginning in 2010, EVTA began to stretch its resources and staff to serve children in other schools who needed reading interventionists, like Velarde Elementary and later, La Jicarita Community School in Penasco (now closed). In late 2016 we began a partnership with the Anansi Charter School in El Prado and so changed our name to Rio Grande Tutoring Association. It is our goal to extend our service offerings to as many children as we can reach with the resources available to us. While the free tutoring services are available to students of any age, our focus has been on helping elementary children build a good foundation in reading, language arts and math skills so they can benefit from higher education.
Focus on students with Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities:
Because it is difficult for students with reading disabilities to get individualized instruction in their schools, and because they do not learn by traditional methods, EVTA has made it a priority to train our tutors in the Sounds In Syllables multisensory reading program and the Wilson Language Program.
- If you are interested in getting training in these programs, please contact Eva Behrens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who does EVTA serve?
We serve students from Velarde to Taos. Our students are 70% Hispanic, 29% Caucasian and 1% Native American. They are referred to EVTA by their teachers for any of the following reasons:
- They have diagnosed or undiagnosed learning disabilities, and cannot learn by traditional methods.
- They are a year or more behind their class, and need intensive tutoring to catch up with their class.
- There are always several different levels in a combined class of two grades. EVTA tutors can assist teachers by working with individual students or groups while they work with a different group.
- Some students with ADHD cannot complete any work on their own, and need a tutor to assist them.
- Advanced students who are ahead of the class may be referred to an EVTA tutor who can do advanced work with them.
- Some children have been through personal trauma and need mentoring, as well as tutoring.