Riverways Education Partnerships

Tutor Training Week

Spring 2021

Every quarter on weeks that Seattle Public Schools are not in session, Riverways offers tutors the opportunity to make up hours by attending workshops on topics in education hosted by UW community members. Each workshops counts as two make up hours. Check out our spring options below!

This page will be updated with links and times as needed.

Tutors can register for workshops here.

The Book Matters! – Analyzing Children’s Literature

Monday April 12, 1-2PM 

In this workshop, students will learn why selecting a children’s book to read aloud to students is very important and a critical step towards equity. The workshop will draw on Rudline Sims Bishop’s concept, Windows, Mirror, and Sliding Glass Doors and share 10 quick ways to analyze children’s literature. There will be a deep dive in American Indian and Indigenous representation in children’s literature, as there has been less percentage of books depicting American Indian. The workshop will end with some resource sharing to build a collection of rich, diverse children’s books. 

Facilitator: Shayla Chatto, Graduate Intern for Riverways Education Partnerships and ELTEP Instructional Coach

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92980615888

Emphasizing Student Strengths

Tuesday April 13 10:30-11:30 AM

More than ever in these times, students are struggling to feel positive about school. One way we as educators can push back against many of the pressures and insecurities experienced by our students is to take a strength based approach to our work, one which focuses on building off existing skills and knowledges. This workshop will share some strategies for emphasizing student strengths to improve their confidence, as well as practice identifying those strengths.

Facilitator: Luisa Moreno, Education Equity Coordinator for Riverways Education Partnerships

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/8325331784

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in STEM

Tuesday April 13, 1-2 PM

The STEM field can feel like a place where you need to leave your culture at the door before you start your work. But culture can provide valuable knowledge and scientific insights! In this workshop, we’ll discuss the frameworks of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) and Funds of Knowledge (FoK), and how these frameworks might be applied in STEM. Students will be given examples of how these frameworks can be incorporated when building lesson plans, and we will discuss how to incorporate them into our STEM tutoring as well. 

Facilitators: Saralyn Santos (they/them), Riverways STEM Engagement Coordinator, Richard Parra (he/him), Equity in STEM Coordinator

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/95767978402

Unlearning racism and sexism in the English language

Thursday April 15, 11AM-12PM

Since 1992 So has taught within UW’s American Ethnic Studies department. She has since become a Senior Lecturer and the Supervisor of the Department’s Community Practicum and Internship, and is currently the Vice President of Seattle’s Organization of Chinese Americans. In this workshop, Professor So will be focusing on the Council on Interracial Books, Trinh Minh-ha, and Audre Lorde’s essay, as she addresses racism and sexism in the English language. This session will address how we can go about unlearning the sexism and racism which prevails in English. 

Facilitator: Connie So, Teaching Professor for American Ethnic Studies

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92352355296

Lost and Found in the Pandemic

Thursday April 15 1-2pm

This workshop will introduce a simple bookmaking technique and writing prompts to explore reflections about this time. All activities will be easily adapted for multi-age tutoring situations.  Along with a willingness to write and share, participants will need to have ready the following: 5 sheets copy paper, scissors, glue stix or tape, a couple sheets of newspaper, magazines or paper with text, black sharpie or black felt pen. 

Instructor: Christine Stickler (she/her),  Director of Riverways Education Partnerships, who has been making books and writing for many years!

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/4112171957

Roles and Boundaries for Social Change – Caring for Self and Others 

Friday April 16, 1-2PM

In this workshop, we’ll dive into Deepa Iyer’s Social Change Ecosystem. We’ll talk about the roles we play in our personal ecosystems, as well as our roles in social change. Our hope is that Deepa’s framework, along with candid conversations about boundaries and the complexities of relationships, will serve tutors in their work with students and on a personal level. Participants will engage in self-reflection, learn from their peers, and walk away with a tool for future decision-making and boundary-setting that centers mental health and well-being.

Facilitator: Katie Wallace, Community Engagement Manager for Undergraduate Community-Based Internships and Kimmy Nguyen, Youth Development Coordinator at citiesRISE

Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/my/kwallac1uw