We’re kicking off the school year by offering a range of trainings for our tutors. Whether you’re an old pro or a spring chicken, you can take advantage of the unique training opportunities listed below to discuss any challenges you’ve faced in the classroom, and learn from fellow 826 volunteers and staff how to best support young learners and create an environment conducive to progress and success. You’ll leave with a new toolkit of strategies and maybe some new tutor pals.
Personal Statement Training
Friday, September 23 / 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center
Are you planning to help students write their personal statements through our in-schools projects, Tenderloin field trips, or the Great San Francisco Personal Statement Weekend on October 15 and16? The UC system has updated their prompts (now called Personal Insight Questions) for the first time in ten years. Join us for this training to make sure that you know the ins and outs of the new requirements and the how to best support students with this important process. This training is mandatory for all volunteers (both new and returning) planning to sign up for personal statement tutoring this fall.
Student Behavior Mythbusters: A Toolkit of Strategies
Friday, September 16 / 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center
Learn effective ways to address behavioral concerns with students, and empower them to complete their writing and homework assignments to the best of their abilities. You’ll walk away with concrete tools for supporting youth who struggle with attention, motivation, and occasional frustration with challenging tasks.
How to Talk About Race, Gender, and Identity in the Classroom
Friday, September 30 / 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the 826 Valencia Mission Center
Gain insight into how to address and support our young writers with topics related to their identity, especially as they write and voice their opinions on this subject.
Supporting English Learners and Students with High Needs
Friday, October 21/ 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the 826 Valencia Mission Center
Get a better grasp on how to work with students with a primary language other than English by learning the best ways to provide an encouraging environment, implement visuals and hands-on techniques during tutoring sessions, and utilize the resources available to you and the student.
Photograph by Lisa Anderson.