Fall Tutoring Kickoff 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
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Event Location: 
Open Door Learning Center - Lake Street
2700 East Lake Street
Minneapolis,, MN 55406

Join over 100 other tutors and teachers to share experiences and pick up new ideas for tutoring.

This free mini-conference will feature a variety of 50-minute sessions designed to give you practical ideas and activities. The sessions are appropriate for 1-1 tutors, classroom assistants and small group leaders.

(Please note that this event is intended for tutors who are working with ADULT students.)

8:30 - 9:00               Registration, bagels and mingle

9:00 - 9:50               Concurrent sessions

10:00 - 10:50           Concurrent sessions 

11:00 - 11:50           Concurrent sessions

11:50 - 12:00           Evaluation and wrap up

12:00 - 12:30           Optional: Stay after the Fall Tutoring Kickoff to hear about the exciting new renovations planned for Open Door - Lake Street. The changes underway are geared toward creating a cohesive, welcoming and accessible learning community for our students.Hear updates from literacy council staff, enjoy snacks and learn how you can partner with us in this effort.To learn more about how to get involved, contact Sarah Caflisch at scaflisch@mnliteracy.org.

Sessions (as of 9/19/19):

2019 Fall Tutoring Kickoff Sessions (subject to change)

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Writing Routines for Developing Writing Skills
Andrea Echelberger

Academic writing is challenging for language learners, and it can be difficult to give it the time that it deserves in the ESL classroom. This session will go over two writing routines (recaps and paragraph frames) that will support the development of academic writing skills in short, easy to manage activities. These routines can be used in high beginning to advanced classrooms.

Building Literacy from the Ground Up:  What I've Learned 
Sheri Lear

Many of our learners come to us with little or no literacy skills.  Learn strategies for building and strengthening skills in pre-beginning /low literacy learners.  

Mental Health First Aid
Theresa Sladek

Learn how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis a student might be having. We will discuss the signs of varies types of mental health distress, as well as what a non-mental health professional can do to help stabilize the individual and get them the proper help they need.

Exploring the New Northstar Digital Literacy Curriculum
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt

The new Northstar Digital Literacy Curriculum is here! If you’re curious, but aren’t sure where to begin, this session is for you. We will discuss where and how to access the curriculum, get a big picture overview of how it’s organized (and the instructional best practices that are reflected in its design), and explore some ways you might use this curriculum to support your adult learners.

Quick and Dirty Tips for Teaching Spelling
Rob Podlasek

Spelling in English is hard! There are lots of rules. There are lots of exceptions to those rules. Come learn a strategy to help students spell words quickly while they develop their longer-term spelling skills.

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Listen and Understand: Listening Activities for Beginning Learners
Andrea Echelberger

Listening skills are the foundation of learning a new language. In this session, explore four listening activities that are appropriate for low beginning-level learners. The session will demonstrate how to effectively model the activities so that learners with very limited English skills will be able to fully participate.

Dear Diary: Using Journaling to Help Students Set Goals
Jessica Jones, Theresa Sladek

Adult learners want to be successful in school, but sometimes life gets in the way. A regular writing routine can offer students a way to process their worries and reflect on what is going well. Join us for a look at the benefits and logistics of journaling in adult education. This strategy is aimed at learners who can write at least a simple paragraph independently.

Racial Equity 101  
Wendy Roberts
Marina Mossaad

Madeleine Emanuel
Join us for a presentation and conversation on racial equity. During this session, presenters and participants will discuss important terms, including racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. We’ll also practice responding to instances of racism using various scenarios. Participants will leave with resources to address and dismantle racism. This is a great session for those who are newer to conversations on race or those who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with others. All are welcome!

Advocating for Literacy
Eric Nesheim

As we head towards an election year, learn how you can support the issues important to adult education programs and students.

Explicitly Teaching and Practicing Reading Vocabulary
Rob Podlasek

Teaching students what a word means doesn’t mean they can automatically start using it. Come learn some activities to bridge the gap from learning the word to using the word.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Learning to Decode at Any Age
Mya Shaftel

One of the most effective ways to teach learners of any age to read is through explicit phonics instruction. This session explores qualities of effective phonics instruction and introduces a new phonics workbook. Sample activities from the workbook will be provided, as well as suggestions for implementing a daily phonics routine designed specifically for low-literacy adult English language learners.

What Do Good Readers Do? Research-Based Strategies for Reading Comprehension
Jessica Jones

We will look at simple reading comprehension strategies that you can teach students to use with any piece of text. These strategies are useful with any student who can read at least a paragraph of text independently.

Minimizing Teacher Talk 
Dani Brown

Less is more. Learn to communicate directions clearly and effectively with learners by cutting out the excess and using simple instructions instead. 

So, You Think You Know Your Verb Tenses
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt

Can you tell the difference between the present progressive and the present perfect?  Is present progressive the same thing as present continuous, or not?  Why does English have two completely different ways to mark past tense?  If questions like these perk up your ears, come talk English grammar with us!  If your learners ask you questions about English verb tenses, and you feel inadequately prepared to answer them, then this is the session for you!  We’ll take a comprehensive look at the English tense and aspect system, so the next time a student asks you what the past participle of “think” is, you’ll be ready!

The Museum of Me
Rob Podlasek

Come learn (and do) a fun activity to get students practicing  their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills while sharing items that are important to them. Based on a project-based class in Chicago, where students developed exhibits that where displayed in pop-up museums around the city, you can adapt that activity to be as quick or as in-depth as appropriate.