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


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., the site for workshop presenter Dr. Susan Pollak’s most recent book, includes downloadable meditations here.
2. Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness.
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 meditations 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.

Science Olympiad Fun to Begin

Re-visit your old science notes…re-awaken your inner chemist…gaze again at the heavens and stars – it’s time for the annual statewide Science Olympiad competition with students at CRLS! Cambridge School Volunteers is once again putting out the call to interested STEM aficionados who can help the CRLS team from now until the competition in March. Whether your interests are in astronomy, geology, bridge building

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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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