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 Ellen Nikodym 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. 
     - 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, location TBD REGISTER HERE
     - Wednesday, September 24th, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute REGISTER HERE

Everyday Math Tutor Training (Grades K-5)

Together with the Foundation, the Saint Paul Public Schools have created an Everyday Math training that gives volunteer tutors the skills needed to work with elementary school students in math. The training introduces tutors to the Everyday Math curriculum and gives them strategies and activities to use with students.

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.

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