Customized Children's Tutor Trainings


Great tutors nurture great students

Volunteer tutors are an invaluable resource for all educational programs and they deserve the opportunity to be the best tutors they can be! The Minnesota Literacy Council offers a comprehensive training series for tutors working with children and youth in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

What tutors need, from A-Z

Our Children’s Tutor Trainings are designed for classroom and after-school program volunteers who tutor students in reading, writing, literacy enrichment and homework help. Our trainings offer participants background on children’s and adolescent literacy and provide practical strategies and fun activities the tutors can use when working with students. These trainings are the fastest and easiest way to prepare your tutors for their work with students and get them excited about making a real difference! 

Below are descriptions of all the trainings we offer. All trainings can be customized - from content to location to the number of participants - to fit your program needs. Custom training prices start at $350 with an additional fee of $0.58/mile round-trip for programs outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Tutoring Basics**

Length: 2.5 Hours

Tutor Focus: K-12th grade

Tutoring Basics provides volunteers with the basics to help them maximize their tutoring experiences with students of all ages. This training provides reflection on the important role of tutors and offers practical strategies in the areas of student engagement, lesson planning, skill building and behavior management. 


ABCs of Reading**

Length: 3 Hours

Tutor Focus:  K-3rd grade

ABCs of Reading offers the essential tools tutors need to help young readers succeed. Tutors will leave this training with lots of fun, practical activities and strategies to use when working on children’s letter recognition, phonics, reading and writing. 


Homework Helper**

Length: 2.5 Hours

Tutor Focus:  4-12th grade

Grades 4-12 are a critical time for our kids. With Homework Helper, in just 2 ½ hours, you can help them finish homework, learn vocabulary, understand texts and improve writing!


Working with English Language Learners

Length: 2.5 hours

Tutor Focus: K-12th grade

Working with English Language Learners is a research-driven workshop focusing on specific activities and interventions that help ELLs of all ages develop their foundational language skills. This training reviews key tutoring areas including oral language development, storytelling, letter and letter sound recognition and more.  


Pre-K and Early Literacy

Length: 2.5 hours

Tutor Focus: Pre-K

Our Pre-K and Early Literacy training guides tutors through the most important skills of learning to read and gives you the strategies to help young students excel in these critical areas. This workshop explores key early literacy skills including letter names, letter sounds, blending and segmenting, rhyming and much more. 


Reading for Comprehension

Length: 2 hours

Tutor Focus: K-12th grade

Reading for Comprehension provides a framework for tutors to use when checking for student reading comprehension and understanding. This workshop simplifies the concepts of comprehension through practicing vocabulary strategies, question asking, knowledge checks and reflection activities in tutoring sessions. 


**ABCs of Reading, Tutoring Basics and Homework Helper are offered periodically at our main office. Individuals can view our current training schedule here.


To schedule a Customized Children’s Tutor Training, please contact Rob Podlasek at or 651-251-9073.