Incorporating Volunteers

Our teachers are busy. Really busy. There's a lot to do and never enough time and they're running in 17 directions doing it all anyways. And, here's the honest truth.... free volunteers aren't entirely free: the cost is the time and mental energy to figure out how to use them. It's worth it, though, because volunteers can also help with big sticky ...
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Counting

We probably all have them, the moments when life (Or Bing Crosby) reminds us to count our blessings. Thanksgiving, perhaps, or a particularly hard or happy time, moments of transition, maybe.  Life provides plenty of opportunities, but working in adult education -- really, working with adult learners -- offers a particular reminder. ...
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Tutor of the Year

When I asked for nominations, I knew I was setting myself up for a difficult decision. The Tutor of the Year nominees include brand new volunteers, and those who have been here longer than I have. They work with ESOL and High School Equivalency classes. They are young professionals and retirees, male and female. And they are all -- as exp...
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What it really takes

Last week I shared an infographic about the application process for our volunteers. The requirements really are requirements. And those steps really are the steps in the process.But, that's not really what it takes. When I'm doing that interview, those references for, I'm really looking (well, listening) for…. Someone who works and communicates we...
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Thoughtful v.3: Serving

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.3. ServingAs we come up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day of service for many, and reflection for others, a few links about the role of service and community in our lives. Science (or at least, these researchers say): time feels more spacious when you do something for others &...
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