DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative is delighted to invite you, your staff, and your volunteers to participate in a 2-hour workshop on “The Use of Games to Teach Reading” on Friday, September 15th. Even if your organization has a strong reading program, this workshop can help you and your volunteers work successfully with students with attention or behavioral challenges as well as any students reading below grade level.

The workshop will be conducted by Jan Silver, a wonderfully passionate and thoughtful teacher on how games can transform learning for kids. Jan has more than fifty years of experience working with children and holds an MED in School Counseling, MA in Learning Disabilities, and a Certificate as an Educational Therapist; she has worked in school systems from New Hampshire to California. Since moving to DC and volunteering at her grandkids’ elementary (Tyler), she has moved into a staff role there as Coordinator for English Language Learners.

In her sessions with small groups of students during the school day, Jan uses games, prizes and lots of fun to create sessions that kids are excited to attend. She uses library card holders, business card magnets, Velcro, a laminator, and repurposed board games. Jan says that such approach leads to a higher student engagement, and helps in developing learning, memory, and social skills. Instead of kids feeling stigmatized for getting pulled out of their regular classes, she now faces the challenge of having kids who don’t need the extra help asking when they, too, can get to play reading games with her!

On September 15th, Jan will share with you her experience and methods she uses in teaching reading to children and tell you how it helps in developing student learning. The techniques can be used in daily work with children and be a good additional tool to existing practices. This workshop might be interesting for organizations providing tutoring and mentoring programs, and for both staff and volunteers.

We would like to hold this event at the most convenient time for everyone. Please sign up here by Tuesday, September 12, and let us know what times work for you. Also, please let us know if you think your volunteers would be interested in an evening session on some other date.

The workshop will be conducted at historical Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA.

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