Whether you’re just beginning as a CSV volunteer in the Cambridge Public Schools, or a repeat volunteer (Thank you!), we hope you’ll some things on this page to make your volunteer experience productive, rewarding, low-stress, and more valuable for both you and your student(s).
UPCOMING TRAINING WORKSHOPS
CSV IMP MATH TUTOR TRAINING
Join Julie Loh, IMP Director, and Gizelle Lev, Math Coach at Cambridgeport School, for a session on best math tutoring practices and Math curriculum in Cambridge. Gizelle will lead us in a presentation on how students are learning Math in the classroom in Cambridge. You’ll get a chance to interact with other volunteers and even play some Math games. Gizelle will also provide best practices—for example, how to ask leading questions instead of just providing answers. Gizelle and Julie will also discuss Mindset and how it relates to Math. One of the most important impacts our volunteers have is creating a “growth” mindset in the students through building self-esteem, confidence, and improving focus and interest in Math. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Registration for this IMP New Tutor Math Training on Eventbrite will be provided when the new date has been fixed.
CSV TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP AND SHARING SESSION, GRADES 6–8.
On December 11, 2018, we gathered upper school tutors to talk about the Learning Center program and share/hear successes and challenges working with Grades 6–8 students. Participants also learned key aspects of adolescent development that impact their work as tutors and mentors. How are middle schoolers growing socially and emotionally, and how does that influence their relationships and their learning? Alice Cohen, Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning with Cambridge Public Schools,shared, tools, strategies, and best practices for engagement, sustaining attention, and dealing with conflicts.
CHROMEBOOKS AT CRLS.
On Nov. 15, 2018, we offered a training for all high school volunteers about Chromebook use at CRLS and most recent developments in the CRLS Connects initiative for technology equity.
UPPER SCHOOL MATH.
On Dec. 4, 2018, we offered an interactive workshop for both new and experienced tutors to discuss the style and methods of the Math in Focus curriculum. Participants learned to engage Upper School students in mathematical concepts, build confidence, and develop problem-solving skills.
- Working with Upper School Students
- Cultural Competence: Working with Diverse Students