Information and updates about the Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program's work

Welcoming

Welcome. And welcome back. To our teachers, our students, our colleagues and (especially) our volunteers. (And to this poor, neglected blog) ((I promise I'll be better about writing. It's my new school year resolution)) We're starting this year with volunteers at each of five programs. (This makes me happy)They're helping w...
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Working

​I found myself talking to a colleague this week, about what was working and not working in our programs, and what we were wanting to do about that. And the things that worked and didn't work in her program, with similar enough volunteers and similar enough classes, were not all that similar to the things that were working and not working in our pr...
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Changing

​Let me get to the point: HTM will start the new year with a new organizational home. For the past 20+ years we've been affiliated with the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. In January 2019, we'll join MassHire Holyoke (aka CareerPoint). I'm excited to be part of  their team. I've always thought it spoke well of the Chamber that t...
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Calculating

We all know that the true benefits of education are incalculable. As a teacher, having a student tell me at the end of the year "I learned I'm smarter than I thought I was" is worth more than any score on any standardized test, or any outcome measure the Dept. of Education can invent.And, yet. Not everyone has had that heart-melting exper...
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Star-ing

​Maybe I'm being a classic, recognition-seeking millennial. But I think the world needs more gold stars. And high fives.And positive reinforcement.I love the big celebration with certificates and flowers and press release for our students and tutors of the year. But that's a long way away, and while I may bend my own rules and celebrate two student...
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