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
There are no workshops scheduled at this time.
CREATING AND MAINTAINING PRODUCTIVE TUTORING RELATIONSHIPS
On February 27, 2020, Social Emotional Lead Teacher for the Cambridge Public Schools Alice Cohen’s thoughtfully highlighted for volunteers some key ideas about adolescent development and the social / emotional needs of students. She shared the handouts linked below, which got participants thinking about reframing student behavior and becoming more trauma sensitive. She also shared this video clip that articulates the difference between sympathy and empathy: https://www.youtube.com/
ILLUSTRATIVE MATH FOR UPPER SCHOOL TUTORS
On October 28, 2019, we gathered upper school tutors to learn about the Illustrative Math curriculum used in Grades 6, 7, and 8 in the Cambridge Public Schools. Here are several resources from this training workshop:
CSV TUTOR TRAINING & 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.
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.
- Read about the workshop.
- See the list of prompts you can use with upper school students when tutoring math.
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.
- Working with Upper School Students
- Cultural Competence: Working with Diverse Students