Training

Do the Math: Brain at Work!

Wondering what the inside of a middle school math textbook looks like these days? Had you joined the almost 25 adult volunteer tutors at a recent middle school math workshop, you’d have learned that “Do the Math: Brain at Work” is actually a chapter in the latest math text (Math in Focus) used by the Cambridge Public Schools. Presenter and CPSD math coach, Danielle

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New Math Tutor Training: Pay At-TEN-tion

New Tutor Training – Intergenerational Math Program October 23, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Pay At-TEN-tion: Developing Kids’ Foundational Understandings of Our Number System CSV is seeking new volunteers to join the ranks of our Intergenerational Math Program. Do you like young children? Do you love math? Do you want to help a student who may be struggling with math? Do you have

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Upper School Tutor Training (grades 6-8)

Tutoring middle school students is an art as well as an academic endeavor. Join us on Thursday, October 16th, 4-6pm to learn about what makes middle schoolers tick. This presentation will include important considerations for working with students in grades 6, 7 and 8, including developmental, social and behavioral realities. Participants will learn to model reading strategies and writing support strategies. The session will

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To Sit Still and Think

Dr. Susan Pollak, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, recently presented a “Mindfulness and School Stress” workshop to volunteers, teachers, and Cambridge parents. Cambridge School Volunteers hosted Dr. Pollak’s workshop as part of Cambridge’s Screen-Free/Screen-Wise Week 2014, Cambridge’s version of national Screen-Free Week. The program began with an introduction on school stress by Paula Feynman, the school district’s academic challenge and enrichment manager. Did you miss this workshop? You can

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“Sound out words…try to spell what you hear…”

“Sound out words… try to spell what you hear… do your pictures match your words?” These were the ideas of some K-3 volunteers attending CSV’s March workshop on literacy competencies when they were asked to describe writing goals for young elementary students. Under the capable direction of Angie UyHam and Tracey Delucia, Literacy Coach and Early Literacy Intervention Specialist from the Cambridgeport School, 12

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Another Successful Fall Kick-off Event

More than 60 prospective volunteers attended CSV’s annual fall kick-off event, another strong turnout according to executive director, Jen Fries. After a brief welcome by Fries, a pizza/salad dinner and a chance to socialize, CSV’s newest volunteers divided into an elementary/middle school and high school group. Both spent the next 90 minutes learning more about the Cambridge public schools, the nuts and bolts of

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CSV Volunteers Attend Awesome In-Service Training

Several dozen volunteers attended CSV’s last training opportunity of the academic year. Three different workshops were offered: Moving from Reading to Writing (Grades 7-12) led by CRLS teacher, Jennifer Hogue; Teaching and Tutoring Math – Re-teaching Concepts using Questions (Grades 7-12) led by CRLS teacher, Alysa Breyer, and Math as Play: Games and Ideas to Engage Struggling Students (Grades 1-3), led by math coach

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Trainings–one of the Benefits of Volunteering thru CSV

December’s program-wide training event was a notable evening for CSV. It was a night of firsts:  the first time that five separate workshops were offered to attendees;  the first time that CRLS Guidance Counselors and CSV’s college planning expert shared the spotlight on a panel; and even  the first time that there were scrumptious desserts courtesy of Empire Boston (chocolate truffles and red velvet

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Program-wide Training: Come Eat, Learn, and Meet Other Volunteers

Join Us for a Free Training Event Thursday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. CRLS School Library, 459 Broadway Supper donated by the Middle East Restaurant (http://www.mideastclub.com/) RSVP to 617-349-6794 New volunteers are welcome. K-3 Math Workshop – Games and Activities for Building Number Sense in Young Mathematicians. The new Common Core State Standards explicitly focus on the development of deep understanding of our Base 10

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CSV Off to a Strong Start but More Volunteers Needed!

More than 55 prospective volunteers attended CSV’s September kick-off event, a strong turnout according to executive director, Jen Fries. After a brief welcome by Fries, CSV’s soon-to-be volunteers divided into an elementary/middle school group and a high school group.  Both groups would spend the next 90 minutes learning more about the Cambridge public schools, the nuts and bolts of getting started as a volunteer,

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