Training

How to Write a College Essay

Did you miss the College Readiness kickoff? Or do you want more in-depth information about helping your student to draft and edit her or his college essay? Or do you need the deadlines for college and the information about Naviance from the guidance department? We have you covered: Dr. Kimberly Parker’s advice about helping seniors to write their college essay is synopsied here, or

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New CSV Volunteers Hope to Make a Difference in Students’ Lives

“I love to learn and to help others to learn.” “Helping others to achieve their goals through education is very important to me.” “When you have an emotional, personal connection with a student, it’s very meaningful.” “I love to motivate students, to give them confidence, and to show them that if I came to this country and can succeed, then they can too.” “I’m

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Math Training Workshop Fall 2015

How do you solve for X ? Find 60% of 50. Convert 11/8 into a decimal. There are several ways to solve most equations. Volunteers may know how to answer these problems, but they may still be unsure how these concepts are being taught to students. Last week, about 30 Learning Center volunteers from all five upper schools gathered at Vassal Lane Upper School

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Tutoring Math K-3? This is for you.

November 4, 2015, 6:00-8:30 PM, we invite new tutors interested in the Intergenerational Math Program (IMP), which provides intensive support for individual students in grades K-3 struggling with math, to a free training workshop. Pay At-TEN-tion: Developing Kids’ Foundational Understandings of Our Number System Just as kids must be agile decoders of words in order to understand increasingly complex texts, they must “break the

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Upper (Middle) School Tutor Workshop

Upper (Middle) School Tutor Workshop (for new and experienced tutors) Vassal Lane Upper School 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge, MA Thursday, November 12, 3:30-5pm ROOM 347 Tutoring middle school students is an art as well as an academic endeavor. Join us to learn about what makes middle schoolers tick. This presentation will include important considerations for working with students in grades 6, 7 and 8,

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Middle School Math Volunteer Training Workshop

Join us for an interactive workshop that will teach new and experienced tutors the style and methods of the Math in Focus curriculum, used by Cambridge Public Schools. Participants will learn to engage upper school students in mathematical concepts, build confidence, and develop problem solving skills. This session will cover what Math in Focus implementation looks like in the classroom, review strategies from the

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College Readiness Kickoff

Join us Wednesday, October 14, 2:30-4:00, in the Career College Resource Center (room 1501) at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School for the first training session for our College Readiness Program mentors.  That day, we will hear from the CRLS Guidance Counselors about the college application process this year, which has some important differences from the process in prior years. We will begin helping CRLS

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Kickoff Orientation for New Volunteers

Calling new volunteers! Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Our first orientation — Wednesday, September 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm — is currently full to capacity. However, we have many more orientations scheduled in the coming weeks.  Click on these links to sign up for an upcoming orientation: Whichever orientation you choose, you will have the chance to ask questions, learn about the various volunteering

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“Just the Facts” – CSV’s Latest Workshop for Math Volunteers

What part does fact fluency play in the new curriculum (Math in Focus) and how does it encourage relational thinking? How can we help students build this number sense? These were the types of questions answered during Glen Sherman’s March workshop “Just the Facts: How Strategic Fact Fluency Development Helps Build Number Sense for All Kids.” As a CPSD math coach, Glen works with

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Mindfulness Resources for Academic Stress

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StillQuietPlaceThis list of resources on mindfulness emerged from a May 6th, 2014 workshop for volunteers, parents, and teachers. Cambridge School Volunteers hosted the workshop during Cambridge’s Screen-Free/Screen-Wise Week.

1. www.sittingtogether.com, the site for workshop presenter Dr. Susan Pollak’s most recent book, includes downloadable meditations here.
3. Mindfulness in Schools is a site suggested by Dr. Beatriz Meza-Valencia, who has been teaching mindfulness to students at several Cambridge schools as a volunteer.
4. Chris Willard, Child’s Mind.
5. Also mentioned at the workshop: guided meditiations for young children by Amy Salzman.
6. Read Dr. Pollak’s reflections about her CSV workshop here on Psychology Today’s blog. The blog post includes a full description of one technique.