Presentation on theme: "Rob Podlasek Training Manager, Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA 1987-1988."— Presentation transcript:
Rob Podlasek Training Manager, Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA
Review six best practices for running a volunteer literacy program Explore tools, activities and strategies for implementing the best practices
Share your name Share TWO interesting things about your name Each person in group asks you an additional question about your name Move to next person
Academic alignment between school and tutoring programs (and home) The research shows that the most successful tutors are those who directly support the primary instruction the students receive from their teachers. It is our job to help kids practice reading, not to teach them to read. Instructive vs. Supportive
Have the mindset that your program exists to support what the kids are learning in school. Choose materials/curricula that align with what happens during the school day. https://thecenter.spps.org/uploads/gr_2_pg_ pdf https://thecenter.spps.org/uploads/gr_2_pg_ pdf Look for ways to facilitate the connection between school and afterschool programming.
Students’ oral language background will impact their success at reading and writing
Create programming with an oral language component Train volunteers to imbed oral language into their reading activities
Un-Cool Question: How tall are you? Cool Question: If you could go anyplace in the world on vacation, where would it be? Cool Question: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
“His line was not only technical but packed with moves that no one else was doing like a layback tail press backside 180 out and Cab Double Cork 1260 Holy Crail grab, basically a contorted japan and cross rocket mash up.”
Include instruction in all five areas in your programming Alphabetics instruction should be considered supportive Don’t neglect vocabulary and comprehension Reading practice and comprehension checking make for great reading programming
Reading isn’t “fun” for everyone. Reading isn’t “easy” for everyone. Reading isn’t “relaxing” for everyone.
Let your volunteers experience some pain and humility.
Make Literacy-focused programs include physical activities and physical-focused programs involve literacy activities Set up programming so that the kids aren’t defined simply by their reading difficulties
Having “well-trained” volunteers is a key component in the success of reading tutoring programs.
Create an argument about why volunteers need training Create a tutor job description. What will they be DOING Define what “well-trained” means in your program The skills, knowledge and attitudes they will need to do their job well
Before they sign up to volunteer Before their service At the beginning of their service During their service At the end of their service
Pre-service training In-service training Web and print material Volunteer information sessions On-line training Observations On-the-job training Student teaching Newsletters Mentoring
What is YOUR Literacy Best Practice?
Minnesota Literacy Council Trainings Reading Nook Blog Minnesota Literacy Council Web Site Assistance Developing Your Own Trainings