Spring Tutoring Refresher Conference 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Open Door Learning Center - Lake Street
2700 Lake Street (above Denny's)
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

Sessions as of April 2, 2018 (subject to change):

9:00 – 9:50

Let’s Talk Strategies! Learning and Test-taking, that is
Nikki Carson
Come learn four learning strategies that we can effectively promote with our learners. Also examine several activities for improved test-taking, self-study, and reading comprehension at the intermediate and advanced English learning levels.

Strategies to Support ESL Learners to Speak and Write More! 
 Leah Hauge, Jennifer Walker
Are you wondering how to increase student language production in your ESL classroom or tutoring session?  Come to this session to learn strategies to increase opportunities for learners to write and say more. Take-away learning activities you can use right away! 

Questions that Inspire Readers  
 Burgen Young
How can instructors and tutors guide learners to read carefully and analyze texts, while simultaneously inspiring excitement about reading? In this workshop we will practice evaluating questions to identify ones that inspire readers to come to a deeper understanding of what they read. This workshop is for instructors and tutors working with any level English learners (except low literacy/pre-beginning) and/or GED students.

HUH? Did You Say Something? How to Better Connect with Your Students through Active Listening
Theresa Sladek
Come and join us in reviewing the components of active listening, practicing several new skills, and learning non-verbal communication appropriate to different cultures. This hands-on workshop will help you connect and engage with all ESL and GED students on a more personal level.

Teaching Pronunciation for the Beginning Teacher
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt
Do your students struggle to make themselves understood?  Do you want to help them improve their pronunciation, but aren’t quite sure where to start?  Come to this session for an overview of the major issues in American English pronunciation and a selection of short and sweet activities you can use with your students.

10:00 – 10:50

Templates!! Charts and Tables that Make Your Life Easier!
Marian Eichinger
Learn about several templates that you can use on a regular basis for pre- during- and post- reading activities that develop critical thinking skills, vocabulary skills, writing and verbal skills. Learn how to create them in Word and adapt them to whatever you are working on.

Using the Language Experience Approach in Teaching and Tutoring
Andrea Echelberger
The Language Experience Approach (LEA) is a method of developing literacy skills that uses the learners’ own words as the reading text, and is highly effective when working with lower level learners in large class, small group, or one-on-one tutoring settings. This session will explain the methodology behind LEA, share different approaches, and provide ideas for LEA activities.

Show Me the Evidence
Rob Podlasek
Supporting your answers with evidence is an important skill for the GED test, to meet the College and Career Readiness Standards, and in life! Come learn some ways to get your students to give evidence-based answers when answering comprehension questions.

Power and Privilege in the ESL Classroom
Ilse Griffin,  Jodi Versaw
This workshop will offer background on systemic forces such as post-colonialism and white normativity in the US and their effect on power dynamics in adult ESL classrooms. The presenters will introduce practical activities, strategies, and ideas that address these power imbalances.

Crossfit in the Classroom: How to Integrate English Language Arts and Math for the Ultimate Workout
Lindsey Cermak
Come learn two strategies you can use to attack word problems and build mathematical conceptual understanding. These strategies address both ELA and Math standards, can be used in one-to-one, small-group, or classroom settings, and can be used with multiple levels of students.

11:00 – 11:50

Dig In!  Help Your Emergent Readers to Delve into the Text  
Sheri Lear 

When you offer a student a text, it’s important to prepare them adequately for the reading and offer many opportunities to delve deeply into it in order to maximize the learning potential.  So join me as we “Dig In” to a text (shovel optional!)  You’ll come away with several pre and post reading strategies to use with your students. Geared toward beginning-level learners. 

Six Easy Activities to Get
Learners Talking
Andrea Echelberger
This session will share six speaking and listening activities that can be easily incorporated into beginning level classes to provide learners with lots of opportunities to develop their verbal skills. The activities can be used with any curriculum.

Get the Gist! Helping Students Develop Summarizing Skills
Rob Podlasek
Summarizing is an important comprehension skill and a great way to check understanding. Come learn a process for helping students learn and apply summarizing skills. 

Relating to Black Students
Christian McCleary
Learn what teachers and tutors should know about how to best serve black students within the classrooms. Explore how to advocate and develop skills to best communicate and relate to black students.

Teaching Vocabulary So It Sticks: Strategies for Intermediate and Advanced Readers
 Jessica Jones
Students need multiple, meaningful exposures to new vocabulary in order to really learn them, and thus boost their reading and writing skills. Learn which words to focus on and a few high powered vocabulary activities for intermediate and advanced ESL learners as well as native English speakers.