February 23, 2009

MCS hosts tutor training session for 150

by Jane Roberts, Memphis Commercial Appeal, originally published January 18th, 2009

More than 900 college students ready to help struggling children

Supt. Kriner Cash’s plan to employ hundreds of college-age tutors to lift struggling third- through fifth-graders in Memphis City Schools took off Saturday in a mass tutor training at East High School.

About 1,220 potential tutors signed up for the project, a 10-week labor-intensive effort to lift state test scores for the more than 4,600 youngsters who have already repeated at least one grade.

More than 900 college students have completed the application process and are ready to take the $10-an-hour tutoring jobs.

At least 150 showed up Saturday. Others are scheduled in three-hour training blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday and next Saturday.

"We are overwhelmed with the interest," said Linda Kennard, head of literacy programs for MCS. "We’ve identified 4,620 students who could use the help."

The college students will work in the school six hours a week, tutoring two groups of three students each in a curriculum designed for the effort by Mark Conley, associate professor in the University of Memphis’ College of Education.

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Filed under: Funding,Government,Training/Education

February 20, 2009

Use PowerPoint to Create Tutoring Tools

Originally published by americalearns as one of its Network Superstars

Holly Simon is a freshman at the University of Michigan, and is one of the few first-year students that earned the right to participate in the University’s America Reads Tutoring Corps program.

Holly SimonHolly developed an incredibly engaging PowerPoint deck for her elementary-aged students. Her interactive system helped her students practice reading sight words, review the present and past tense forms of words, manipulate word chunks and more.

While Holly’s strategy is great for its intended purpose, our favorite aspect of this resource is that it’s so flexible. If you’re familiar with creating PowerPoint presentations, you can edit her file and turn it into a game to help your students practice math skills, study for a vocabulary test, and much, much more.

When you download Holly’s file, be sure to run the slideshow and click the various links on that first slide! We hope you’ll be able to harness Holly’s dedication and creativity for your own students.

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Filed under: Study Tools,Tutoring Practices

February 16, 2009

Money Adds Up for Tutoring Program

Originally published in The Blue Banner, University of North Carolina, Asheville on 2/12/09

The Asheville Initiative for Math, the department’s community outreach program, received funding for an innovative math tutoring certification program aimed at creating new standards for math tutors across the local landscape.

"We see mathematics as a tool," said Sam Kaplan, UNC Asheville associate mathematics professor and director of AIM. "Whatever you’re doing, with mathematics, you can do it even better."

According to Kaplan, the university math department undertook an active role in the community. In 2006, the department included all their community outreach programs under AIM’s umbrella.

The advisory group enrolls not only university professors, but the county school system, A-B Technical Institute and Mission Hospitals, as well.

Now, with the new $25,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, AIM launched the Math Tutor Certification Program, ensuring the highest level of local math tutor competency. Comprised of three phases, the new grant covers funding for the first stage.

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Filed under: College,Funding

February 10, 2009

Spelling: 2.0

Did you ever stumble over the correct spelling of "email" [it’s e-mail] or whether to use the phrase "electronic mailing list" as opposed to "list server"?  Which one of these terms is presented in the preferred style? 

(a) pdf
(b) Url
(c) FTP 

In today’s global electronic media environment, dictionaries are not necessary the most up-to-date resource. 

To stay current, tutors and students can check out the APA Style web site, which offers the “Electronic Media Spelling Guide” at:

Source: American Psychological Association, home page http://www.apa.org

Filed under: Technology,Training/Education


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