The Five Colleges Tutor Mentor Training Series:
Partners and Sponsors: This series is sponsored by the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee, and Hoyloke community partners, and was supported in part by a Commonwealth Corps grant to Mount Holyoke College from the Office of Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Service Alliance.
Pilot Training Series: This Spring 2010 we hosted our first ever Five Colleges-Sponsored Tutor Mentor Training series as a pilot. It went great and was attended by students of all Five Colleges and community members. The trainers provided for each of these trainings are inspiring, excited, and passionate public school teachers and specialists in Math, Reading, and some in youth development at after-school programs. Please read about their work experiences below. They are passionate about working with you all to help educate their students in the best possible ways.To see a list of trainings offered this past Spring please view below. The training series will continue in Fall 2010. In collaboration with many Holyoke Public School teachers, directors of youth-based after school programs, and Five Colleges faculty, staff, administrators, and students, we are planning trainings that will meet the needs of campus and community partners. Please check back on this website, and the main calendar, for training details, times, and locations. Trainings will be campus-based with a shared core set of training materials, trainers, and principles behind the tutor mentor training series.
Context: Hundreds of Five Colleges students enter into in-school and after-school programs in Holyoke, Springfield, and surrounding communities. An incredible number of students provide tutoring and mentoring through work study, for-credit positions, and volunteering through a campus service-learning/volunteer office. But sheer numbers will not make all the difference- teachers and program directors working with the youth notice the amazing differences you are making, but also note the increased affects you could have if you were trained in tutoring math techniques, reading skills, what the students needed to know to pass Massachusetts State Tests, best practices for doing homework, and especially how to make your 1 or 2-hour tutoring sessions productive using games and activities that you and the student you're working with will really enjoy.
Tutor Tool Box: The Tutor Tool Box is a manual for tutors. It contains materials for tutors working in all community settings: in classrooms, after-school programs, and community-based programs. The materials provided here are only a small cross-section of the endless free materials available; we have included acknowledgements and a list of additional sources. We hope that you find these materials helpful when learning how to structure a tutoring session, getting to know your tutee, reading books, writing stories, learning grammar, practicing algebra, playing logic games, remembering geometry rules, and more. Please use and use again. Add your own resources, personal games and ideas, to make the next edition even better than the first.
Download the Tutor Tool Box Here:
Training Videos: Two short video clips were produced and published on YouTube from the Tutor Training Session on Math, with Mr. Luis Martinez, an Eighth Grade Math teacher at the Kelly School in Holyoke.
The First is called "Exploding Addition": This video is specifically about a tutoring/teaching math technique called "Exploding Addition"- when doing double-digit addition with a student this is a fun and easy way to explain carrying the ones digit.
The Second Video as called "Breaking The Problem Down": This video is specifically about "Breaking the Problem Down"- one students asks: "What do you do with a long division problem if the student just does not understand?," Answer: "Break The Problem Down."
Spring 2010 Trainings Conducted:
February 1st— Tutoring Adult Basic Education: Session 1. Mount Holyoke College, Reese 317 , 1:15PM-4:05PM Trainer: Emily Fox, Director of the Holyoke Tutor Mentor Program. Ms. Fox has had years of experience conducting trainings for college students and community members engaging in tutoring with adult learners in her program. She is passionate and excited about helping others learn to work in the unique field of Adult Basic Education.An introduction to tutoring with adult learners: focuses on active listening skills and reflecting on your personal learning history, social and personal issues related to Adult Basic Education, defining the tutor's role and tutoring reading.
February 6th— Tutoring Adult Basic Education:Session 2 Mt. Holyoke, Reese 317, 9:00AM-12:00AM Tutor training in adult basic education session focuses on an overview of tutoring guidelines, the elements of a lesson, tutoring writing and giving feedback.
February 8th— Adult Basic Education: Session 3. Mt. Holyoke, Reese 317, 1:15PM-4:05PM Tutor training in adult basic education literacy techniques Session 3: focuses on learning styles (including Learning Disabilities), math tutoring, boundary issues and language simplification.
February 11th— Five Colleges Training 1: Tutoring Basics/Youth Development. Open to the Five Colleges and the Public. Mt. Holyoke College, Kendade 305 4:30PM-6:00PM Trainer: Margaret Anderson, Teacher and Tutor Trainer at the Literacy Project. The training will cover what you need to know for one-on-one tutoring with youth, specifically with youth in the Holyoke public schools. Several youth from Holyoke, and tutors in the program, will assist in the training, and talk about real situations and strategies for tutoring. Open to the Five Colleges and the Public. February 16th— Five Colleges Training 2: MASS Mentoring 101. Open to the Five Colleges and the Public. Hampshire College, 4:00-6:00PM, Franklin Patterson Hall Faculty Lounge Trainer: Marty Martinez of MASS Mentoring. Mentoring 101 is a two hour introductory training for new mentors on the foundation of quality mentoring practices. Participants discuss their expectations; learn the primary tasks of mentors; the stages of building a relationship with youth; and the role boundaries, communication, and goal setting play in achieving successful mentoring relationships. This is an interactive session that helps prepare participants for their role as a mentor.
February 18th— Five Colleges Training 3: Tutoring Literacy Techniques: Part 1. Open to the Five Colleges and the Public. UMASS Amherst, The Campus Center Room 905-909, 4:30PM-6:00PM Trainers: Lisa Oimet, Teacher at the Holyoke Center for Excellence, and Katie Plasse, Fifth Grade English Teacher at the E.N. White School in Holyoke and Lead Teacher of the Connections After-School Program. This training will cover reading, writing, and comprehension strategies for K-8 students. The trainer will also instruct for English Language Learners. Open to the Five Colleges and the Public.
February 20th— Holyoke Bound. Open to the Five Colleges and the Public. The United Congregational Church of Holyoke 10:00AM-2:00PM. This is an all-day orientation the city of Holyoke for all college students involved in community based learning, volunteer, internship, and research in Holyoke. To read more detailed information, and to register for the event go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/
February 25th– Five Colleges Training 4: Tutoring Math Techniques Open to the Five Colleges and the Public. Amherst College, Charles Pratt O'Connor Commons, 4:30PM-6:00PM Trainer: Luis D. Martinez, Math Teacher at the Kelly School and winner of the Holyoke Public Schools Grinspoon Award. Training will cover basic math techniques, tools, and strategies for tutoring K-8.
March Training Details
March 2nd– Five Colleges Training 5: MASS Mentoring 101, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Smith College, Seelye 211 Open To the Five Colleges and the Public Trainer: Marty Martinez of MASS Mentoring. Mentoring 101 is a two hour introductory training for new mentors on the foundation of quality mentoring practices. Participants discuss their expectations; learn the primary tasks of mentors; the stages of building a relationship with youth; and the role boundaries, communication, and goal setting play in achieving successful mentoring relationships. This is an interactive session that helps prepare participants for their role as a mentor.
March 4th- Five Colleges Training 6: Tutoring Literacy Techniques: Part 2, Mt. Holyoke College, Kendade 305 4:30PM-6:00PM Training Open to the Five Colleges and the Public Trainer: Katie Plasse, Fifth Grade English Teacher at the E.N. White School, lead teacher in the Connections After School Program. This training will be a more comprehensive training on ELA techniques following Part 1. It will be centered around the application of these techniques, reflecting on the tutor’s experiences in the schools. Even if a student has not begun tutoring it is important to attend Part 2 to receive more-thorough training on reading and writing tutoring skills.
April Training DetailsApril 7th– Grant Seeking & Grant Writing for Non-Profit Organizations, Mount Holyoke College, Reese 317 9:30AM-10:50AM Conducted by Dr. Alan Bloomgarden, director of Community Based Learning at Mount Holyoke College.
for any questions or concerns please go to: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/cbl for the Five Colleges, Inc. Community Based Learning Committee
Holyoke Bound: An Orientation to the City of Holyoke is a program for members of the Five Colleges and Holyoke Community College who are working, interning or volunteering in Holyoke.
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