Upcoming Workshops

We offer continued training and professional development opportunities for our volunteer tutors long after they've completed the initial training. Our goal is to offer at least one workshop each month. If there is a particular topic you'd like to see us offer a workshop on, please email Heather

Until further notice, all workshops will be on Zoom unless otherwise stated. Workshops are designed for current LVCA tutors.

A note for volunteers from other organizations/agencies:
Thank you for your interest. We know that many organizations are struggling at this time, so we have no set fee for participation. Instead, we invite you to make a donation in whatever amount seems appropriate for you. We have considerable amounts of staff time and resources invested in creating and conducting these training sessions, so whatever you can contribute will be helpful in covering our costs.


April Tutor Check-in

When: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m. or 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us for an informal check-in for all tutors. You're invited to stop by this session to ask questions, share resources, or just say hello. This will be an opportunity to let staff know how things are going and where you may need extra support. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other tutors and trade ideas/tips.

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Teaching Conversation Online (repeat)

When: Thursday, April 15
Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.

What conversational skills do strong English speakers use? How can we help our students improve their conversational skills (and address our learning standards!) through online tutoring? Join Catherine as we dive into these questions and share strategies during our workshop on Teaching Conversation Online. This is a repeat session from March 17. 

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Virtual Pronunciation Practice Tips

When: Thursday, April 29
Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 6:30–7:30 p.m.

One of the advantages of online learning is that it pushes students to improve their pronunciation. Face-to-face conversation is so much easier, but when you add in microphones, cell phones, and computer sounds, pronunciation becomes that much more important. This workshop will teach you some tips and tricks to use when working on pronunciation with your student.

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May Tutor Check-in

When: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Join us for an informal check-in for all tutors. You're invited to stop by this session to ask questions, share resources, or just say hello. This will be an opportunity to let staff know how things are going and where you may need extra support. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other tutors and trade ideas/tips.

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Language Experience Approach (LEA) / Joy of Writing Kick-Off

When: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. or 6:30–8:00 p.m.

This workshop will focus on ways we can use our student’s own experiences as the basis for engaging texts for reading and writing instruction. We’ll look at techniques for transcribing student stories and discuss how they can be adapted and extended to create engaging, student-centered learning materials. (This strategy is appropriate for use with students with lower-level reading and writing skills.) This workshop will also kick off our annual The Joy of Writing project. Heather will give information about this year's publication and tips for how to help your student submit their best work. 

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Assessing Student Progress

When: Thursday, June 10
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 6:30–7:30 p.m.

How do you know if your student is making progress? What should your student learn next? In this workshop, Steven will tackle these questions and explain how you can easily assess the progress your student is making.

Formative Assessments are great tools for tutors to use when trying to see how students are advancing and what skills need to be learned next. These informal checks for understanding and progress can be used at any point in the learning process and offer lower-stress alternatives to typical tests. We will look at a few different styles of informal assessments you can use with your student.

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New Tutor Check-in & Connect

When: Thursday, June 17
Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity to discuss with staff, and other new tutors, how your first few months as a tutor have gone. Come prepared to discuss your challenges, successes, and any questions that have come up now that you've gotten started. This session is for new tutors who completed training in January-April 2021. While these sessions are not mandatory, many tutors have found them very helpful.

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June Tutor Check-in

When: Monday, June 21 | 7:00–8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, June 22 | 10:30–11:30 a.m. 

Join us for an informal check-in for all tutors. You're invited to stop by this session to ask questions, share resources, or just say hello. This will be an opportunity to let staff know how things are going and where you may need extra support. This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other tutors and trade ideas/tips.

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