December 24, 2008

Former Tutor Nominated as Secretary of Education

Arnie Duncan’s mother ran a tutoring program and his father was a professor at the University of Chicago. After his stint as a pro athlete in Australia where he also tutored students, Duncan returned to Chicago to help run, with his sister, the Ariel Education Initiative, a mentoring and tutoring program.

The following is from, orignally published on 12/17/08.

Barack Obama’s choice for education secretary, Chicago school chief Arne (Ar-NEE) Duncan, is getting a warm welcome from most factions of the education community. He’s been, in many ways, an unconventional leader willing to find creative solutions to some of public education’s oldest dilemmas, including school attendance and dropout rates. The 44-year-old will have a lot on his plate, if confirmed, including what to do with President Bush’s much maligned No Child Left Behind policy and how to make college more affordable.

Click on the following link for the Time profile on Arne Duncan

Filed under: Government,Leadership

December 20, 2008

Stressed Out? Take a Deep Breath!

Quick breathing exercises can help clear the mind and reduce tension, making tutoring or independent study more productive.  What better time of the year to unplug, assume a different posture and take a deep sip of life-giving oxygen!

Click on the following links for some excellent tips:

"Breathing Exercises for Relaxation": article by Jeannette Curtis at Healthwise reprinted on revolutionhealth

"Power Breathing – Instant Stress Relief" article by Michael Licenblat B.Sc.

Filed under: Study Tools

December 12, 2008

Tutoring a Plus at one of America’s Best High Schools

Rankin County, Mississippi, is celebrating the recognition given to Pisgah High School.  The school has been named by U.S. News and World Report in its America’s Best High Schools list. 

Exerpt:  "Math teacher Warren McKay is one of the Pisgah High teachers working to keep the scores high. "We have so many opportunities for (the students) to get help," he said. McKay, a 24-year-old former Pisgah high student who’s in his second year of teaching, tutors students every other morning before class. Pisgah High also has a lunchtime tutoring program for eighth graders, he said.

"That’s one thing that really helps," McKay said. "The kids get used to it. They get in the schedule." The advantage, he said, is that extra tutoring allows McKay and other teachers to zero in on problem areas for the students.  Even with Pisgah High’s small class sizes, McKay said that can be difficult in a full classroom setting."
Click on the following link for more of Pisgah Named one of Nation’s Best High Schools

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Government,High School

December 5, 2008

Three Learning Style Systems Tutors Can Use

from the Adult Education Centre at University College Dublin 

All students have different intellectual abilities. They think and learn differently. Some learning patterns will have been developed as a result of the schooling experience where materials were largely presented in a way that benefited students with linguistic/numeric abilities. As a result innate learning styles may not have been developed and students may need to be encouraged to identify their own learning pattern.

There are various ways of classifying differences in learning styles. Many theories and models have been proposed. This section will look at three of the most common learning styles classifications:

  • left and right brain
  • auditory, visual and kinaesthetic
  • activists, reflectors, theorists and pragmatists

Click on the following link to read more of Learning Styles

Filed under: Coaching,Tutoring Practices

December 1, 2008

OSHLSP $15K Grant for Tutoring Programs – 12/8 Deadline

Originally posted by SELLEN

Does your organisation run an Out of School Hours Learning Support Program (OSHLSP) like homework, tutoring, literacy or numeracy program? If the answer is yes, you may be eligible for a $15,000 grant through the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). The Learning Beyond the Bell grant applications are open to organisations running OSHLSPs in the Melbourne Metropolitan Region where at least 50% of program participants are from newly arrived, refugee, and migrant backgrounds. CMY also provide a range of other supports for OSHLSPs including: networks, free tutor training, consultations, and other general support.

For more information, click on the following link:


Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Funding


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