Sign Up For a Tutor Training
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
Quality Toolkit: Planning and Reflection
Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy to use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing and evaluating activities and projects. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets.
-Wednesday, March 12th: 6:30pm-8:30pm at Saint Catherine University REGISTER HERE
What role do you play in conflict situations with the youth in your program? Do you know how to turn a conflict situation into an opportunity for growth? This interactive workshop introduces participants to a step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets.
-Tuesday, March 25th: 9:30am-11:30am at Baker Rec 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.
-Wednesday, April 9th: 6:00pm-9:00pm at Metro 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.
-Wednesday, April 16th: 6:00pm-9:00pm at Metro State University REGISTER HERE
Quality Toolkit: Active Learning
Do you know the difference between active learning and "hands-on" learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the "ingredients" of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and Sprockets.
-Thursday, April 10th: 6:30pm-8:30pm at 360 Colborne REGISTER HERE
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.
Math in the Middle Grades Tutor Training (Grades 6-8)
Middle Grades Matter: Adolescent Literacy Tutor Training (Grades 5-8)
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.
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
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.