Speaking

I've been gathering some information about our students and our volunteers lately. I'll be sharing more of it later, but first up ... the languages we speakPerks of my job?  Opportunities to google new-to-me languages -- Brazilero (A Spanish/Portuguese dialect from the Uruguay/Brazil border region) and Sonike (which is spoken in Mali and ...
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Collaborating, pt. 2

Last week (now known as Collaborating, pt 1) I wrote about who does what in a sort of big picture way. This week, Collaborating, pt. 2, I'm thinking about what collaborating means on the ground, in the day. I think there are two answers: 1. We have different roles, tasks, responsibilities... but a common mission, goal, aim. 2. O...
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Collaborating

​HTM volunteers work with 30+ class sessions each week. But HTM runs - precisely - none of those classes. We're a collaborative with six other organizations, and they run the classes. This is one of the unique (read: cool, powerful, kind of complicated, occasionally confusing) features of HTM. Collaborating in this way means I can match v...
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Moments

​Every month, I email our volunteers about their hours. Last month I also asked about moments. Specifically, favorite moment from their time in adult education this fall.And they came back with some beautiful responses: I read these responses and thought... Yep. It's powerful to see students learning. I probably would have said 'ah ha mom...
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Updating

It's been a rush of a fall. And in the day to day of it, it can be hard to pull back and look at the big picture of how it's going. But, I found a few minutes to do it, recently. And this is what I saw: When I look at this data --  one of my first impulses is to quibble and minimize. (Maybe you share this challenge too?) But a second...
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Persisting

Persisting
It's a new school year, Rosh Hashanah marks a new year in the Jewish calendar, the equinox makes it officially a new season, and I'm placing new tutors in new classes. But I'm thinking about persistence. How, when it's not as shiny and new, and life creeps up on our students, they can keep at it. For most of our programs, this is the bigg...
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Comparing

Summer project list: Compare HiSET exam and new GED exam. ​...Check I made the chart (Based, on this one, thanks DESE!). And I had a good time with it, I like these tasks. HiSET: 5 tests, GED: 4. GED: Multiple question types. Different costs, different rules for retesting.  Similar in x, y, z ways.  I even added a time...
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Succeeding

3 weeks into the new fiscal year, more than a month since most classes ended, firmly settled into 'summer', I think I have all of the data I am going to get for the last year. So I tallied it up, ran it through my spreadsheet, did some math. HTM volunteers gave 1771.25 hours of their time this year.and smiled.  That's an 11% inc...
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Training

​Astonishing (at least to me), but true, the new cycle is starting for HTM. I'm recruiting new volunteers, setting up the calendar for next year, and planning trainings. I answer a lot of questions, at this time of year, about our training requirements (which -- in the service of giving volunteers options -- are a little complicated). Enough t...
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How do I become a tutor?

​I get a lot of email from kind, enthusiastic people who would like to contribute to the community asking how, exactly, does one become a tutor? The short answer: Email me. There are steps, but I'll walk you through them. The longer answer: Here's an infographic What it takes: We make individual placements of volunteers in a particular classr...
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I love data

I love data ( you might have guessed that from my previous post) I love the way it can make a vague thing concrete and relatable. I like the challenge of setting up the right spreadsheet and formula to show something meaningful. I'll be honest, I appreciate the clear feedback and evidence of our success. So I had a lot of fun putting together ...
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