Tutor Training

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Find upcoming trainings and registration information below.

For additional training opportunities, look to the Minnesota Literacy Council's website.

Please contact Taylor Clements with any additional questions.

Well-Trained Tutors Are High-Quality

We know that training is essential to ensuring that program staff and volunteers have the knowledge and skills to engage students in a meaningful way. Therefore, the Tutoring Partnership offers free tutor training sessions for any volunteer or program staff member working with young people in Saint Paul. Each of the training options is content-focused and age-specific, includes information about working with students in the Saint Paul Public Schools and will prepare to you be a high-quality tutor! 

FREE Tutor Trainings

Tutoring Basics

The Foundation has developed a tutor training that focuses on tutoring basics –important strategies that all tutors must know to successfully work with youth. The training provides a variety of core tutoring strategies through a framework of youth development needs. Tutors will learn how to effectively structure a tutoring session to be intentional and skill-based. Tutoring Basics is designed for tutors working in any program setting with any age group.
     - Wednesday, September 3rd, 5:30-8:30pm at Rondo Community Outreach Library REGISTER HERE
     - Saturday, October 4th, 9:30am-12:00pm at St Catherine University REGISTER HERE
     - Monday, October 6th, 4:30pm-7:00pm at Macalester College REGISTER HERE

ABCs of Reading Tutor Training (Grades K-4)

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and the Minnesota Literacy Council have created a workshop specifically for tutors working with Saint Paul Public School students in literacy.  The workshop will provide an overview of the reading process and the challenges kids face. You’ll learn ways to read with and to kids, pick up some ideas for reviewing alphabetics skills, and explore ways to support writing practice.
     - Monday, August 25th, 9:00am-12:00pm at the Minnesota Literacy Council REGISTER HERE 
     - Monday, September 15th, 5:30pm-8:30pm at St Catherine University REGISTER HERE

Literacy Skills For Early Readers

This exciting new training will guide you through the most important skills of learning to read and give you the strategies to help students excel in these critical areas.  For many of us, it is hard to remember what it was like when learning to read and we sometimes forget how challenging it can be!  This workshop explores key early literacy skills including letter names, letter sounds, blending and segmenting letter sounds, rhyming and much more.  By the end of this workshop, you will better understand how children learn these skills and will be prepared with activities to review and practice them with students in your tutoring sessions.
     - Monday, September 29th, 3:00pm-5:00pm at the YWCA REGISTER HERE
     - Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00pm-8:00pm at SPPS District Headquarters REGISTER HERE
 

Comprehension Lesson for Early Readers

This exciting new workshop is designed as a complete comprehension lesson for tutors to incorporate into their sessions with early readers.  Often, we are so focused on fluency that we forget to ask if the child understands the text!  This workshop is geared toward simplifying the concepts of comprehension through practicing vocabulary strategies, question asking, knowledge checks and reflection activities in a tutoring session. By the end of this workshop, you will better understand how to practice vocabulary and comprehension strategies before, during and after a reading to ensure students understand and engage in the texts they read.
     - Wednesday, October 1st, 6:00pm-8:00pm at SPPS District Headquarters REGISTER HERE
     - Saturday, October 18th, 10:00am-12:00pm at Metropolitan State University REGISTER HERE

Middle Grades Matter: Adolescent Literacy Tutor Training (Grades 5-8)

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and the Minnesota Literacy Council have developed a comprehensive literacy training for students grades 5-8. The training addresses literacy tutoring strategies, how to align tutoring with the Saint Paul Public Schools curriculum, and the challenges of working in the middle grades. In addition, tutors learn specific strategies that support positive behavior and motivation for students in the middle grades.
     - Tuesday, August 26th, 12:00pm-3:00pm at the Minnesota Literacy Council REGISTER HERE
     - Wednesday, September 24th, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute REGISTER HERE

Elementary Math Tutor Training (Grades K-5)

Participants will engage in activities that build the conceptual understandings needed to understand basic elementary math concepts.  Through these experiences participants will gain the confidence and self-esteem to break the stereotype that not all people are good at math.  Throughout the class participants will be given strategies to use while tutoring to maximize their effectiveness with students.
     -Thursday, September 11th, 6:00pm-8:30pm at Arlington Hills Community Center REGISTER HERE
     -Wednesday, November 5th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm at Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club REGISTER HERE

Elementary Math 2.0 Tutor Training (Grades K-5)

Participants will identify and analyze math misconceptions tutees have surrounding mathematics in more depth to assist in their tutoring.  Strategies will be learned to clear up the misconception through a hands on conceptual understanding of the concept.  Number Sense and Operations will be the focus of the math misconceptions being discussed.  
     -To be scheduled

Math in the Middle Grades Tutor Training (Grades 6-8)

Saint Paul Public School staff from the mathematics department provide training sessions for tutors working with middle school students in math. The session addresses the transition from the elementary math curriculum to the middle school curriculum. In addition, tutors will learn useful strategies and tools for working with middle school students.
     - Monday, September 22nd, 4:30pm-7:00pm at Macalester College REGISTER HERE
     -Wednesday, November 12th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm at Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club REGISTER HERE

Math in the Middle Grades 2.0 Tutor Training (Grades 6-8)

Saint Paul Public School staff from the mathematics department provide training sessions for tutors working with middle school students in math. The session addresses the transition from the elementary math curriculum to the middle school curriculum. In addition, tutors will learn useful strategies and tools for working with middle school students. This training will build on information from the Math in the Middle Grades Tutor Training. 
     - Monday, October 27th, 6:00pm-8:30pm at West 7th Community Center  REGISTER HERE

Understanding Survival Based Youth

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets invite program staff and volunteers to attend a workshop focused on behavior management led by David Wilmes, of Saint Paul Youth Services. The first of this two part training will use a strengths-based framework that explores resilience and the survival-based mindset.
     - Thursday, October 23rd, 6:00pm-9:00pm at Metropolitan State University REGISTER HERE

Behavior Management Tutor Training

The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets invite program staff and volunteers to attend a workshop focused on behavior management led by David Wilmes, of Saint Paul Youth Services. This follow up to "Understanding Survival Based Youth" will focus on practical applications and additional "on the ground" questions that most groups find extremely important in thinking about the "so what" questions associated with behavior management and survival based youth.
     - Thursday, October 30th, 6:00pm-9:00pm at Metropolitan State University REGISTER HERE

Tutoring English Language Learners Tutor Training

In this workshop we will focus on our work with multilingual students learning English. Our goals are to further our understanding of what language learning feels like from the students' perspective, and then to practice concrete strategies to use during tutoring.
     -Wednesday, November 19th, 5:00pm-8:00pm at SPPS District Headquarter REGISTER HERE