Jan. 31, 2011
-- (Los Angeles, Calif.)… Southern California-based tutor training provider Crossroads of Learning has expanded its program of professional tutor training with the “Tutoring Foundations”
Workbook Series and corresponding “Train-the-
Trainer” online professional development. “Train-
equips instructors to deliver the “Tutoring Foundations”
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced curriculum in the classroom.
The workbook curriculum content aligns with the online version in use by over 300 schools and commercial providers since 2007 and is extensively revised to facilitate classroom interactions. The “Tutoring Foundations”
curriculum articulates with National Tutoring Association (NTA) trainer certification standards, suggested CRLA training topics, and qualifies for CEUs granted from Fielding Graduate University, a WASC credentialed institution. It was developed with and approved by Fielding Graduate University and the NTA. The self-paced 70-hour “Train-the-
Trainer” intensive is integrated with regular assignment review and mentoring by an NTA certified trainer.
“In 2009 after two years of widespread use of the fully online “Tutoring Foundations”
program we began to receive requests from school and commercial tutoring providers wanting to deliver the same proven curriculum with their own staff,” said Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning. “Given our unique status as the only university affiliated and nationally certified curriculum, we invested heavily in adapting it to a classroom workbook format. In order to insure the academic integrity, we also developed a top-notch “Train-the-
Trainer” professional development program.”
Twenty providers, including the University of Alaska, Anchorage, the University of Arkansas, Youth Action Project, the University of North Carolina, Firehouse Learning and the State University of New York are already using the “Tutoring Foundations”
Workbook Series. They are a groundbreaking spectrum of tutoring providers, from public universities, community colleges and for-profit schools to commercial tutoring companies and community groups. Participation began in 2009 with the use of workbooks during NTA led classroom trainings across the country and expanded to the first trainers due to graduate February 2011.
”The Crossroads of Learning “Train-the-
Trainer” program provides a comprehensive look at the tutoring process and tutoring mastery in a format that is very accessible and centralized,”
stated Fawn R. Caparas, Tutor Trainer, University of Alaska, Anchorage Reading/Writing Center. “The material provides a great mix of information on the historical development and current theory and practice of tutoring. I appreciate that the curriculum includes both pedagogical as well as practical tutoring knowledge. I think the program will provide consistency of learning for our tutors; it will stabilize the training expectations and knowledge of our tutors regardless of how long they’ve been tutoring and how much prior training they have had or not had.”
curriculum highlights include basic learning theory, critical thinking skill development, setting goals and planning, culture shock, building relationships with parents and teachers, evaluation and assessment, improving study skills, key reading/writing tutoring techniques, test preparation skills, individual vs. group tutoring dynamics, and more.
The all-inclusive cost for the “Train-the-
Trainer” training, materials, personalized mentor interaction, and printed certificate of completion is $649. Instructors completing the “Train-the-
Trainer” program are able to conduct three full days of tutor training classes using Basic, Intermediate and Advanced consumable “Tutoring Foundations”
workbooks at $25. each per level, per student. “Train-the-
Trainer” graduates satisfy the academic requirements for Level II Instructor certification by the NTA. This qualifies them to train tutors who may in turn be certified by the NTA, subject to previous training or teaching experience, references and a criminal background check.
In addition to "Tutoring Foundations"
workbook program and online tutor training, Crossroads of Learning provides many free resources including a community of interest for one-to-one educators (discussions, meeting areas, blogs, file sharing, etc.), a library of helpful Internet tools, the Journal, and Tutoring Town Hall interactive webcasts with timely subjects and experts in the field. For more information, visit http://crossroadsoflearning.com
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Along with "Tutoring Foundations"
workbook program and online training, we provide many free resources including a library of helpful Internet tools, the Journal, and interactive webcasts with timely subjects and experts in the field.