The Center for Adolescent Literacies has developed a series of Tutoring 201 workshops designed to provide volunteer tutors with more advanced tools to meet the literacy and learning needs of K-12 students involved in tutoring. The Center has conducted several Tutoring 101 introductory tutoring workshops over the past year reaching more than 275 volunteers.
Tutoring 201 sessions focus on elements or pieces of tutoring in greater depth. 201 sessions scheduled or in development include:
- Phonics & Fluency helps tutors who work with students who have difficulty sounding out words or who read in a monotone manner. The workshop helps tutors go beyond "sound it out" and offers multiple strategies to help students decode and figure out words and to sound more natural as they read.
- Working with English Language Learners focuses on strategies for working with students for whom English is not their first language.
- Tutoring Adolescents presents information for engaging and tutoring students in grades 4 through 12. Many of the challenges for students in the upper elementary through middle and high school years involves reading and learning content area texts.
Dr. Paola Pilonieta of the Department of Reading & Elementary Education led a workshop for Project 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers at the United Way of Central Carolinas on March 19, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The session—Phonics & Fluency—was the first in a series of Tutoring 201 workshops developed by the Center for Adolescent Literacies to support the Project 1,000 initiative to recruit, train and support 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers in the greater Charlotte region. Dr. Pilonieta provided the 21 tutors at the Phonics & Fluency workshop with strategies to help students who struggle with decoding and fluency.