The Seattle Tutoring Coalition sponsors and organizes several tutor training events each year

Refresh your skills to make a greater impact on your students!

All of our trainings are FREE and open to the public. These training events are an opportunity for anyone (tutors and parents alike) who is tutoring a child or youth to learn new skills and acquire new tools and resources. 

Our training year kicks off with the All City Tutor Training in October, with a variety of workshops are offered at the event.  Subjects typically covered include:  reading, math, orientation, creative behavior management, learning styles, cultural competency, and student motivation. 

Throughout the year, we host STC Presents trainings on weeknights to encourage deeper learning and continuous professional development in the areas our tutors tell us they most need support. 

2018-2019 STC professional development calendar:

All City Tutor Training - Saturday, October 20th 2018, 9:00AM-1:30PM at the Downtown Branch of the Seattle Public Library (Register Here)

9:00-10:00 Keynote: Brain Science and Brain Breaks with Lori Dunn and Josie Watanabe
Brain breaks allow children the opportunity mentally rest their brain by diverting their mind into movements that allow them to: Enhance attentiveness, concentration, focus and accelerate learning by allowing children to release their energy, anxiety and stress. During this unique keynote address we will review the brain science that supports break breaks and you will learn a variety of brain breaks and activates that will keep students actively learning!

10:15am-11:45am and 12:00-1:30 Breakout Sessions (each session is offered twice):
Nurturing Positive Identity Development in Students with LaKesha Kimbrough
Identity is a complex, multifaceted concept. It influences and informs how we see and interact with self, the world, and individuals around us. How, as adults working with youth, do we help to nurture positive identity development in the students with whom we work, and why is this important? Join us as we learn and share about why positive identity development is important and explore how to support this in our students.

Literacy 101 Essentials of Teaching Reading with Alexis Acciani and Cassy Charyn
Participants will come away from this interactive training with a solid foundation in the five domains of literacy, hands-on practice, and key evidence-based takeaways they can bring back to their own tutoring.

Positive Behavior Management: Strategies for Success with Yevgeniya Veverka
This session will give you tools to help determine why a student is "acting out" and appropriate strategies to reduce and respond to challenging behaviors.

STC Presents trainings:

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope - 6-8 pm on Tuesday, November 13, at the Downtown Branch of the Seattle Public Library (Register HERE)

Join the Seattle Tutoring Coalition and Sound Discipline for a screening of the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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This event includes a presentation from Sound Discipline Executive Director Jody McVittie, MD and a facilitated Q & A after the film screening.

Managing Spring Fever: Strategies for Advanced Behavior MAnagement - 6-8 pm on Tuesday, April 23, at the 2100 Building (Register here)

The end of the school year is a hectic time for everyone, whether it's a study rush before exams, finalizing essays, a calendar packed full of extra events and end-of-the-year parties, or all of the pre-summer energy that bubbles up when the sun comes back out. In this training, led by Reeba Miller of Highline Public Schools, we'll examine what we can do as adults, tutors, and mentors to support students in positive behavior management. We will also discuss how to end the school year with students on a positive note before you break for the summer.

Free professional development opportunities are also offered by Seattle Public Schools.

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